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Hubbard school chief gives salary

$85,000 will help defray costs for district

January 30, 2013

HUBBARD — A local superintendent is donating his salary to the school district. Richard J. Buchenic, Hubbard schools superintendent, will be paid $1 to serve from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2014....

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Jan-31-13 6:59 AM

There are a lot more retire/rehire superintendents in TC besides the aforementioned Pam just a mile or so up the road. Perhaps all of them in that position, including other rehired administrators, could examine their finances and take the higher road towards the institutions that have been so good to them.

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Jan-31-13 6:47 AM

It is a nice gesture. The school will benefit and he probably will be able to claim a chaitable deduction on his taxes. It is wonderful that he is in a financial position to be able to do that donation and is willing to do so. A win win for all involved.

Not everyone is able to do that and that needs to be recognized. People still working towards retirement and raising a family, as in some union members mentioned in the first post, are not in his financial position. From some of the posts here, the staff seemed to have taken wage freezes and give backs. This is a plus for the community.

When it comes to charitable contributions, they are just that. It is up to the individual to decide what they can afford and do what they think is the honorable thing. Not every retire/rehire is going to donate their pay or part of it. I guess the public has to just realize that is life and human nature.

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Jan-31-13 12:21 AM

Thank you sir for raising the bar.

Long after we are gone, some young person today will follow suit and your legacy will live on.

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Jan-30-13 9:54 PM

BRAVO MR Buchenic!

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Jan-30-13 7:23 PM

I just wish our nation's leaders would follow suit. How rich do they need to get on my hard earned money?

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Jan-30-13 7:00 PM

Sounds like a great person!

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Jan-30-13 5:27 PM

Wow! He must really have a nice nest egg somewhere! I couldn't afford to live a year without any financial compensation. Bravo to him.

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Jan-30-13 12:41 PM

We are fortunate to have him in Hubbard. He really acts in the best interest of the students even if it isn't always the popular opinion. Case in point - how many other superintendents are directing traffic in front of the school nearly every morning, in all weather conditions. He is never one to sit behind his desk waiting for visitors. Bravo!

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Jan-30-13 12:35 PM

actually i believe it to be a nice gesture, resistance, and actually he was probably inspired by all the sacrifices the union at hubbard has made amounting to close to a half million dollars in give backs and freezes..hubbard is lucky to have such a great giving school community..go eagles

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Jan-30-13 11:25 AM

Rollo, retirement is based on a percent of your income. And what you get is taxed; 30 percent of it goes to the fed and state govts. To have the kind of income you think he "probably" has, the "guy" would have had to worked in a VERY wealthy school system. I do know that he is retired - from Lowellville, and I doubt he made that kind of money there. According to the article, he's worked for 9 yrs at Hubbard with no pay raise. That alone had to save the district some money. Bottom line, no matter how antithetical it may be to your thinking, things aren't always about greed.

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Jan-30-13 11:23 AM

Ten bucks says the Champion supt Pam Hood wouldn't do that. Then again, she lives in Portage Cty and is probably making close to or over 200k between her retirement and current pay.

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Jan-30-13 10:43 AM

@Rollo why does it matter? Either way he's working for free now. I'm against double dipping too, but he did earn that retirement right?

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Jan-30-13 9:56 AM

Is this guy a retired and then rehired guy? Probably getting paid $90-100k on retirement, so I'll hold back on the heroic gesture.

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Jan-30-13 8:52 AM

How admirable for him to donate his salary. Maybe some of the greedy double-dippers in other districts could do the same.

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