District leader’s retirement could save $117,000

NORTHERN CAMBRIA – Some Northern Cambria school board members said in March they opposed a possible contract buyout for Superintendent John Jubas, suggesting it would cost the district tens of thousands of dollars.

But information provided by Finance Director Sam Kirk Thursday shows the district, whose board approved Jubas’ early retirement Tuesday, could save well over $100,000 with the deal.

The board agreed Tuesday to end Jubas’ contract one year early on June 30, allowing the longtime educator to spend his time volunteering and counseling cancer patients.

Jubas said Thursday he’s comfortable leaving the district in Kirk’s hands, knowing his hometown school will be taken care of.

As part of his retirement package, the board agreed to pay health care costs for Jubas, his wife and daughter for the next seven years and gave him a $10,000 bonus, which Kirk estimated will cost the district approximately $150,000 total.

But with the savings Kirk will bring as interim superintendent beginning July 1 – having agreed to take a $25,000 bump to his $85,000 salary to perform both duties – the district will be saving close to $10,000 every month, he said.

Kirk said should he stay on for a full year as interim superintendent, the savings could top $117,000.

Although Jubas’ contract states he would be paid $100 for each of his unused sick or personal days, the outgoing superintendent said he agreed to surrender them in exchange for his health-care package and bonus.

Meanwhile, Kirk said the opportunity to take the reins will give him time to finish his master’s degree in business leadership in April so he can apply to the Department of Education for his superintendent credentials.

While he’s working toward that goal, Kirk said he will use the next several months to decide whether to apply for the position or return to finance.

“I did not enter education to be a superintendent originally,” Kirk said. “I’m stepping in right now, but I don’t know if it’s what I want to do.”

Another district employee, Education Director Joy Tibbott, also had superintendent eligibility, school officials said. She was furloughed at the board’s Tuesday meeting.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.