July 29, 2009 Edition

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Holland retires from S-H

Gretchen Hunt

Sloan-Hendrix Supt. Mike Holland has retired, effective July 1, according to David Cook, who is serving as interim superintendent for the district in Imboden.

Cook, who is also a state legislator, said a new law, Act 743, allows teachers and administrators in Arkansas schools to return to work after retiring without being subject to earnings limitations.

Those who tendered resignations by May 30 are eligible to reapply after a 30-day waiting period. After that date, a 180-day wait will be enforced. Cook, who works part-time for the district as the federal programs coordinator, said he only accepted the position as an interim and does not plan to apply for the opening.

The new law was passed to encourage educators to work after retirement, Cook said.

"We have a teacher shortage," he said. "We passed a similar bill before for state Department of Education employees. This year, we opened it up to everyone."

Cook said after an individual retires and completes the waiting period, they can reapply for the same or a different position within the same district or apply for a job outside the district, but there is a risk that they will not be rehired.

It is unknown at this time if Holland will reapply for the position or the board will hire a new superintendent.

"If he reapplies, it will be up to the school board to decide whether to rehire him," Cook said. "They can hire who they want."

Holland has served the Sloan-Hendrix School District for 31 years.

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