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New PUSD superintendent, 63 years old?

Original post made by DJohns, Downtown, on Apr 26, 2016

"Rubino, superintendent at Gridley Unified in Butte County for the past four years...
Rubino, 63, ... He moved to the Bay Area in the 1980s and has lived in Walnut Creek with his family since 2002."
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When we hire a 63 year old superintendent, how many years do we expect him to stay, before he retires with PUSD's higher salary? Pleasanton will be paying his retirement for life, and we will be left with the disruption of bringing in another candidate in a couple of years. I am concerned that a superintendent with a short future will not be concerned with the long term health of our community.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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Your point is well received. I too would like to see longevity in that position. At age 63 indicates, he was born between 1943 and 1954 which puts his maximum retirement benefits at age 66.

Did the PUSD factor in the probability he will most likely be a short term employee? Will his performance justify the salary and benefits he will be eligible for in just three short years? What are the expectations of the board in hiring this person for this position?

The PUSD board should speak to this issue.

Posted by sam
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Nice age discriminatory comment. Hey, just wondering what ever happened to Jon Vranesh? Is he still around?

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

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DJohns and Michael, first, the days of superintendents lasting more than 3-5 years have been gone for a long time. In that case, how old a superintendent is when they take the job is fairly irrelevant. Second, and to be clear, there is a difference between life time "benefits" and retirement (pension). Retirement is STRS, not the district (based on three highest years of pay). The district will pay their share; the employee theirs--it is unavoidable no matter the person in the position. Life time benefits are the district's, if they extend them in the contract.

The contract will be public record and published with a packet, or should be, prior to the board voting to approve it.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 26, 2016 at 5:10 pm

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The aging process has been discriminated against since day one without retribution.

I was a VP, Plant manager during the nineties. The CEO ordered me to get rid of a certain employee, because of his age, his health insurance benefit costs was higher that the younger employees.

I did not follow through with that order. That employee out performed everyone, years younger than him.

Sam, your comment regarding age discrimination is irrelevant, and stupid.

Posted by Jen
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Apr 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm

I don't think the comment was stupid nor irrelevant. You just basically said the man shouldn't have been hired based on his age. How is that not age discrimination?

And let's think carefully before hiring women in their childbearing years while we're at it, right?

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 27, 2016 at 8:55 am

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I did not state that he should not have been hired.
I pointed out that his period of employment is likely three years or less.
Would he in that three year period perform in a manner that will be worthy of the salary and benefit package that comes with the position.

I did not make a statement regarding women!

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 27, 2016 at 10:09 am

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Michael, three years is enough to be wonderful or to be a disaster. The supt who stayed 7 was able to ruin the district finances. The one who stayed 4 was ineffective in some areas. And we have an interim who, in less than a year, has worked to turn many things around for the better. How old the person is, how long the person stays . . . neither will necessarily tell us potential success. And nothing says this supt will leave at 66. Success and fulfillment could keep a person beyond anticipated retirement age.

Posted by Susan
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

Is he older or younger than the guy we brought out of retirement? Geez

Posted by PleasantonRealityCheck
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm

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Kathleen your comments regarding PUSD paying for the new Supt retirement is not correct. The school district had to take a $154m hit to their bottom line to pay the state for the unfunded pension liability. Check the books. I agree that the district has become incompetdent however is there any Supt you likely other than Mary Francis? You mentioned that Mr Hansen has done a good job. What exactly has he done that impresses you so much?

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

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PRC, there is STRS (retirement/pension) and then there are lifetime benefits. Two different things. I understand the benefits are unfunded, but they aren't paying the state. The district is recognizing the liability, which is now required by the state. I'll dig out the report I requested.

For Pleasanton, Dr. James. I have worked with or know other superintendents I liked very much. Mr. Hansen has been an open, calm, and patient administrator. Exactly what was needed IMO.

Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

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If we got the right person, his age won't matter...
And I agree, Hansen was just what we needed...

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