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Double-dips mean millions for 'retired' school chiefs

(Philadelphia Inquirer) Thomas Butler can take you to school on the study of double-dipping in New Jersey.

Since he retired as a school superintendent 18 years ago, Butler has held 23 jobs as an interim or temporary chief at public school districts in 12 different counties. While continuing to draw six-figure salaries from taxpayers, he has pocketed $1.2 million in state pension checks.

At present, Butler collects $212,340 a year – $135,000 in salary as interim superintendent of Mendham Borough schools in Morris County, plus a $77,340 pension as a retired educator. He says he saves the school district money as it searches for a permanent leader.

“I’m in this just to help the district out,” Butler said.