On Friday CBS6 News resurrected the "double-dipping" problem that's still going on in the Richmond Public School system.
Answering the allegations, a spokesperson for the RPS said the retirees were being used appropriately, and on a temporary basis only.
"Eight months later, a new Richmond School Board chairman told Beck retirees were being overused, but the problem was improving."
When questioned about the continuing problem in August this year, Richmond school board chair Jeff Bourne said, “We've got to reduce the number and the extent to which we use retirees in Richmond Public Schools.”
Bourne went on to say the practice cannot continue because it is costing Richmond tax-payers money. "In a crunch you need people with experience but temporary should be temporary,” said Bourne.
In February 2013, the number of retirees working for RPS had been reduced to 297. But in October 2013, the numbers increased again, with 331 retirees working for the school system.
When the findings were reported to Richmond School Board member Kim Gray, she responded, “It’s absurd to believe that the number has gone up since we've had all the controversy.” Even interim Richmond Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Lewis agreed that there was an unnecessary over utilization of retirees.
The bottom line is this, the public has to understand that they are the ones that are paying for this waste of money. Retirees are getting a hefty pension, and actually working full-time, in many cases, drawing a six-figure salary in addition to their pension.
Government watchdog Paul Goldman said the problem is that the public has grown to accept double-dipping by retired school employees. "The reason they keep trying to get away with this is because they think you don’t care and so far they’re the ones laughing all the way to the bank aren't they,” Goldman said.