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Milford Superintendent of Schools Robert Suprenant.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Suprenant will stay on as Milford’s part-time superintendent after retiring

MILFORD – Superintendent Bob Suprenant will stay on in a part-time role after retiring this summer, allowing him to collect his pension while still running the School District.

The change to the part-time position begins July 1.

Under an employment contract with the School Board signed in October, Suprenant, who has been the full-time superintendent of the district since 2004, will work no more than 30 hours a week and no more than 160 days during the school term.

The contract calls for him to be paid an hourly rate of $80 and allows him to work part time while collecting state retirement benefits.

The deal runs through June 30, 2013, and Suprenant told the School Board in November that he hopes to continue working beyond that.

Board Chairman Paul Dargie said in an email Monday the new contract “is a good deal for the Milford School District because the total amount of money that we will spend for a proficient part-time superintendent is significantly less than we would spend for a new full-time superintendent, and the job should still be completed to our satisfaction.”

The decision by the board to approve the new contract was unanimous.

Dargie said it was recognized Suprenant will have less time to run the district, but board members were confident he would be able to do the job and there would be no detriment to the district.

“Spending less money but still accomplishing goals is always a good combination,” he said.

Suprenant has called the arrangement a “restructuring” of his position, and in November, he said there are 13 superintendents of schools in New Hampshire working under the same arrangement, working part time and collecting their retirement benefits.

He said he will be efficient with time management and withdraw from statewide committees and prioritize his time and will always be accessible by phone to deal with issues that come up.

The new contract also calls for no accrual of sick or vacation time and says the board will cover the annual medical coverage for single or two-person plan until the superintendent is 65, at an amount equal to 80 percent of the point-of-service plan.

Suprenant has been working in New Hampshire schools for 40 years. He came to Milford in May 2004 after having been a teacher in Pembroke, an assistant principal in Allenstown, a middle school principal in Hooksett and then superintendent of the Hooksett-Auburn-Candia school district.

The superintendent’s current contract runs from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012 and calls for an annual salary rate of $137,600 for the first year.

Legislation passed in 2011 says New Hampshire government employees who retire and receive a pension that cannot exceed 32 hours of work in a normal calendar week.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@nashuatelegraph.com.