Interim superintendents collect pensions and salary

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A number of retired school superintendents have landed jobs as interim leaders of school districts around the region, allowing them to collect both a big pension as well as thousands of dollars more in salary for their new, temporary positions.

This year, 52 of the state’s 275 superintendents will either retire or move to another job, said Tom Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.

The peripatetic educators don’t always completely retire, though. A growing pool have created a cottage industry of interim superintendents, usually serving for a year in school districts that need experienced administrators who can guide them during the transition to a permanent superintendent. The number of experienced superintendents available for fill-in duty increased after a 2001 state law was passed that allows educators to retire with 80 percent of their pay after working 36 years.

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