Manhattan Schools Superintendent Jim Notaro is coming out of retirement to work as the head of the district for another year.
Manhattan School Board Chairman Rob Brownell said that the past years Notaro spent with the district he was actually in retirement.
For the 2014-2015 school year, Notaro will come out of retirement to serve as Manhattan’s superintendent on a one-year contract. That decision means he will not be able to collect retirement benefits on top of a salary anymore.
Brownell said the board is still negotiating Notaro’s salary. He did not say what the cap on the superintendent’s salary is, but said each administrator is paid based on individual needs.
“Each person is different,” Brownell said. “Some have more needs for medical insurance. Some have more need for housing. Some want just straight wages. It’s always those combination of factors that come into it.”
For the fiscal year 2011-2012, Notaro earned $82,000. When Jerry Pease retired from the same position in 2011, he was making $86,994.
In year’s past, Brownell and the board accepted applications for the superintendent job but couldn’t find a suitable candidate. Because Notaro agreed on another year, Brownell said the district didn’t post a job listing for the position.
After Notaro’s year contract is up, Brownell said both parties will reevaluate to see about keeping Notaro on board for a fifth year.
According to the Executive Director of the Teachers’ Retirement System, a TRS retiree can be employed for all or part three school years before being “subject to the limitations” set forth in Montana law.
Notaro was only allowed to stay in retirement with benefits and work as the Manhattan superintendent because this district did not “receive any qualified applicants, or because the District did not receive an acceptance of an offer of employment,” as stated by Montana Code Annotated.
Notaro was responding to a family emergency Monday and could not be reached for comment.