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Principal announces retirement

Alissa Widman Neese • Mar 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

For the second time in about a month, a retired Huron Schools administrator could be immediately rehired into the district.

In January, school board members implemented the district’s first-ever policy regarding the matter. It doesn’t allow rehired individuals to receive benefits or more than a one-year contract with a minimum base salary.

Scott Matheny, in his second year as Huron High School principal, announced his retirement at Tuesday’s board meeting, effective May 30.

He immediately requested a rehire, as well as an amendment to the district’s new policy, to allow contracts for two years instead of one.

“If it weren’t for the state’s retirement system, I’d stay at Huron High School for many years to come,” Matheny said. “But the time has come for me, financially, to make that move, and I ask you to reconsider that aspect of the retire rehire policy”

A two-year contract would provide more stability for both the school and Matheny as he seeks to relocate to Huron from Sandusky, he said.

Want to go?

WHAT: Public hearing on Huron High School principal Scott Matheny’s potential retire-rehire

WHEN: 6 p.m. May 28, at a rescheduled monthly board meeting

WHERE: Shawnee Elementary School meeting room, 712 Cleveland Road East, Huron


Matheny currently earns about $108,300 as an annual base salary. If Huron Schools rehired Matheny, it would reduce his base salary to about $90,700, and he would not receive any benefits, according to district policy.

Districts must host a public hearing 60 days after a retirement announcement before re-employing a retiree, then wait another 15 days before voting on the decision, according to state law.

Board members voted 3-1 to allow the state-mandated hearing for Matheny’s rehire. It will be 6 p.m. May 28.

Board member Tim Sowecke voted against the decision, and board president Scott Slocum did not attend Tuesday’s meeting because of work-related travel.

Huron Schools is now facing three potential administrator switches before the upcoming school year:

•Huron High School principal, to replace Matheny, if board members do not approve his rehire this summer following his retirement.

•Shawnee Elementary School principal, to replace Satanta “Tanny” Vonthron, who died March 12 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Lyle Rowe, the district’s EMIS coordinator and a former principal, is currently filling in as dean of students on an as-needed basis.

•Treasurer, to replace Mike Weis, who announced his retirement in January, effective March 31. He is currently acting as interim treasurer on an as-needed basis.

Huron Schools will accept applications for the Shawnee Elementary School and treasurer position until April 4 and 18, respectively, superintendent Dennis Muratori said.

The district hopes to hire permanent replacements for both individuals by May.

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