Milton-Freewater superintendent to stay another year

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- Interim Superintendent Jim Reger will be staying with the Milton-Freewater School District another year.

Reger, who is to retire from the district at the end of the current school year, was rehired to serve post-retirement for a one-year contract. The board approved the contract during its meeting Tuesday.

During its January meeting, the School Board accepted Reger's resignation for purposes of retirement, to be effective in June.

Reger took over leadership of the district this school year on an interim basis after Superintendent Marilyn McBride's departure.

His retirement left uncertainty as to who would lead the district starting next school year.

Reger said by continuing the district with a one-year, post-retirement contact, the board will be better able to conduct its search for a new superintendent.

"This allows them another year of stability while they continue their search," Reger said this morning.

By rehiring Reger as a retired employee serving on a contract basis, the district will see a savings of about $33,000, mostly in benefit costs.

Reger said the board plans to use some of the money it will be saving to hire a consultant that will guide the superintendent hiring process next year. The board plans to start working with a consultant in the fall, with the goal of hiring a new superintendent by next spring.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317.

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