Thursday, December 05, 2013
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September 24, 2013
PERRYDALE -- Perrydale School Superintendent Robin Stoutt submitted her letter of retirement and resignation last week.
She will be retiring as of Nov. 30, but has offered to stay on as superintendent under an amended contract through the end of the school year.
Kirk Hutchinson, the Perrydale School Board's chairman, said the board intends to accept that offer and negotiate a contract with her to work through June.
"That's the plan right now, that she will be the superintendent until the end of the year," Hutchinson said. "We will be meeting on Wednesday night (tonight) to discuss her new contract."
The board accepted Stoutt's resignation Sept. 16 at its regular board meeting.
Hutchinson said Stoutt had notified the board of her decision about a week before the meeting.
Stoutt said her decision to retire was the result of recent changes in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) that are effective Jan. 1, which would have an impact on her family.
"I'm retiring from PERS on Nov. 30 and PERS allows you 1,039 hours to work (after retiring), so I will be able to finish out the year," Stoutt said.
She has been with the district for 20 years, starting out as a kindergarten teacher. She served as a school principal and for the last 10 years has been the district's superintendent.
Wednesday's meeting will be the beginning of negotiations on changes to her contract. Stoutt said the board will consult with the district's legal counselor during the process to assure negotiations are conducted properly, but believes the amendment will be finished well before her Nov. 30 retirement date.
Hutchinson -- who was a teacher at Perrydale for most of the 20 years Stoutt has been at the school -- said her leadership has allowed the district to thrive.
"It been a good time at Perrydale," he said. "It's been a great opportunity for the school and community to have her on board. ... She's done a fantastic job continuing that small-school excellence we pride ourselves on."
Hutchinson said the board will begin discussing its options for a new superintendent search at its regular meeting in October.
Hutchinson said with Stoutt continuing to serve until the end of the year, the board won't be rushed to find the district's next leader.
"This way we can do a really good search process," he said.