OAKLEY -- Rick Rogers, superintendent of Oakley Union Elementary School District, is calling it quits.
Well, sort of.
After 10 years as the district's top administrator, the 59-year-old Rogers announced Tuesday that he's retiring. But the school board tonight is expected to approve an addendum to his contract so Rogers can continue through 2014-15 as interim superintendent during which he will forego his salary.
The agreement will save the district nearly $196,000 in salary, workers' compensation, payroll taxes and other employer-related costs.
In return, the district will continue to pay Rogers and his wife health benefits until they turn 65, a cost of $101,758 at today's prices.
Rogers, who began his teaching career 37 years ago, previously had worked for two years as the district's assistant superintendent of human resources and for nearly 10 years before that in the same capacity at Mt. Diablo Unified School District.
Board president Gloria Lott said Rogers proposed working for free about a month ago.
"It shows he's a pretty giving person," she said. "I don't think you see (this) every day."
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