Springfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. David Estrop has announced his retirement. Estrop's departure is a result of legislative changes to the state’s retirement program.
Estrop has been superintendent for five years and has spent nearly 45 years in education. He explained that changes in the cost-of-living rules and the age and years-of-service requirements for full benefits in the state teachers retirement system is forcing many of Ohio's experienced educators to retire sooner than later.
"The state of Ohio's position is very clear; 'it's time for you to retire and if you don't we will penalize you financially,'" Estrop said.
Estrop and his wife Virginia will stay in Springfield after he leaves his post. He said that he wants to continue working, but has no plans to seek his old job back.
"Our board of education has adopted a policy of not rehiring in the same position and I'm not going to ask them to change that policy and I'm not personally going to get involved in trying to change that policy here in Springfield because that is a political bog," he said. "You'll get shot at from all sides and you can't win that."
Estrop’s retirement will be effective in June of 2015.