Board rehires retired superintendent, who could make up to $36,000 for 120 days of work

Cahokia School District 187 Superintendent Art Ryan
Cahokia School District 187 Superintendent Art Ryan

The Cahokia District 187 superintendent who retired in May is coming back to work for $300 per day.

The school board approved an agreement with Art Ryan at its meeting Monday night to help the district’s acting leader, Assistant Superintendent Tanya Mitchell.

Ryan can work up to 120 days without interfering with his pension, according to Illinois law, so the maximum he could be paid is $36,000. Ryan said the amount is less than a Cahokia teacher’s starting salary, which is more than $40,000.

Before his retirement, the former superintendent’s salary had been $163,413, according to numbers provided by the district.

Mitchell has been filling in as superintendent temporarily since Ryan retired May 1.

According to Ryan, he left before the last school year ended so he could come back to help the district negotiate employee contracts over the summer.

In an interview Tuesday, Ryan said district leaders want to choose a permanent replacement by the end of the 2018-19 school year. In the meantime, Mitchell will continue to work as acting superintendent.

Ryan said he agreed to come back to the district office to help Mitchell with some of the administrative duties she has, such as building and grounds.

“Basically what Mrs. Mitchell has been doing is two jobs at one time,” Ryan said.

Lexi Corets: 618-239-2528, @lexicortes
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