Westerly School Committee Brings in a Professional
On August 31, the contract between the Westerly Teachers’ Association and the Town of Westerly expires. The Westerly School Committee has already lined up a professional negotiator to assist them with the new contract. From yesterday’s Westerly Sun:
After seeking requests for proposals for an outside negotiator, the School Committee received responses from five applicants and interviewed two candidates in executive session in early January.
The board held subsequent discussions behind closed doors and, on Wednesday, voted in open session to hire [Attorney Daniel] Kinder, whose usual hourly rate is $350, according to Murano.
Mr. Kinder, whose list of clients currently includes the East Providence School Committee, has cut his hourly rate to $195.
Too often in Rhode Island, especially over the last couple of decades, school committees have chosen not to seek the assistance of a professional at contract time. This is reflected in the contrast of the national ranking of Rhode Island teacher salaries,
ninth highest in 2007/2008 (source: National Education Association)
to our academic achievement ranking,
forty first in 2007 (source: the American Legislative Exchange Council)