By Kevin Kelley
The Westlake City Schools will hold a public hearing at its meeting today on the plans of a top administrator to retire and be rehired.
Pam Griebel, the district’s director of academic services and the former principal of Holly Lane Elementary School, plans to retire and seek re-employment in her current job, effective July 16, according to a statement from the district’s treasurer, Mark Pepera.
Today’s meeting takes place at 5 p.m. at the district’s administration building at 27200 Hilliard Blvd.
The board will meet at 5 p.m. July 15 in the district’s administration building to discuss Griebel’s potential rehiring.
Superintendent Dan Keenan told West Life he is supporting Griebel’s decision to retire and be rehired. Griebel is the highest-ranking administrator in the district after the superintendent.
Keenan said he will only consider allowing a district employee to retire and be rehired under certain circumstances. Those circumstances are that the person be rehired for a limited time – two years or less; that the rehiring save the district money; and that the post-retirement employment be determined to be a bridge that will benefit the district during a critical period.
In the case of Griebel’s potential rehiring, the district would save $30,000 per year, Keenan said.
Keenan said a change in the position of director of academic services would cause a major disruption in the district’s approach to the student curriculum. The Westlake district, along with public school districts across the state, is in the process of implementing the Common Core standards in math and English by the 2014-2015 school year, Keenan noted. Ohio and 44 other states have adopted the curriculum standards.
A significant part of the transition to the Common Core standards involves preparing staff and students for a new online student assessment system that will replace the current state proficiency testing, Keenan said.