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Help wanted: Local superintendents in demand

(Toledo News Now) -

Several area schools are searching for new superintendents this year. A couple reasons may be behind the surge in retirements.

One superintendent, Tom Hosler of Perrysburg schools, said the number of openings across the state is unheard of.

"As a leader of a district, there's a lot of great things that can happen," Hosler said. "And when things don't go well, you're the person they look to. So you have to take the good with the bad."

Hosler said he loves his job, but it has changed over the years.

"It's certainly a more challenging job than perhaps 20 years ago, or a generation ago, and I think that leads to more of a turnover," he said.

One such challenge: State funding has decreased in recent years, and districts have had to turn to the community to pass levies in order to continue operating.

There have also been changes to the state retirement plan that may be viewed as an incentive to retire sooner.

"People who are eligible to retire now can retire at 30 years, and they will receive a cost of living increase," Hosler explained. "If you don't retire within this window, then you do not get a cost of living increase, and you go to 35 years."

Hosler added that these openings offer an opportunity for young "up-and-comers."

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