I smiled when I read the title. I’m even happier that it’s happening in California. The money that they would save could go to the classrooms. As I read further, though, something bugged me:
He technically retired, then agreed to be hired back to work for $31,000 a year — $10,000 less than a first-year teacher — and with no benefits.
It’s really cool that Larry Powell decided to come back, but he’s retired from the state. He has benefits already. It’s strange that he can be rehired after he retired. I’ve heard of this happening in CA. State employees retire and can get rehired as consultants. They’re working the system because it can be worked. CA has many problems, and this is just one of them.
But, I’m not going to rag on this. It is a great thing because for the next 3 years, the county will save a lot of money. Before he retired, he earned $288K plus benefits. The new hire probably would not have made as much, but the median is around $150K.
Overall, this is a gift to Fresno county. He’s setting a great example and is actually “walking the walk.” Kudos to Powell. Thanks for giving back.