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Tiverton Superintendent Waives Pay Raise

While many heads of schools across the state are being criticized for their large salaries, Tiverton Supt. William Rearick waived the 3 percent salary increase guaranteed in his contract. He is among the lowest paid superintendents in the state.

As many public school superintendents were criticized last week for their inflated salaries, Tiverton's head of school quietly forfeited a 3 percent salary increase guaranteed in his salary.

Since 2009, Supt. William J. Rearick has accepted a zero percent salary increase even though his contract has a built in raise of 3 percent annually.

"Every year I take a zero because that's that the teachers have taken," said Rearick.

Through the end of the 2012-13 school year, Rearick will not accept a raise on his base salary of $122,923. Over the next two years of his contract, Rearick's salary will see a 1.75 percent increase and he will be awarded a $900 stipend. These increases mirror those accepted in the teacher's contract in August by the local teacher's union and School Committee.

"I think its important that as the leader of the district I don't ask my employees to do anything I wouldn't do," said Rearick. "I want to lead through example."

Rearick's salary is below the state average of $135,535. Rearick's salary is also tens of thousands below the salaries of his counterparts in Tiverton's mirror districts of Burrillville, Middletown, Coventry and Cumberland. These districts are similar to Tiverton in terms of size, demographics and socioeconomic status.

School District Superintendent Salary Burrillville  Frank Pallotta $131,000 Coventry Michael Convery $130,000 Cumberland Philip Thornton $155,000 Middletown Rosemarie K. Kraeger $154,059 Tiverton William J. Rearick $122,923

Besides schools like Little Compton, Jamestown and New Shoreham who have limited school services and size, Rearick's salary is the lowest in the state besides Johnston Supt. Bernard DiLullo, Jr. He earns $119,456.

"It helps build a sense of community and makes us work more as a unit as opposed to in corporate America where CEOs make all of the money and lay people off," said Rearick.

Rearick announced at the Tues. Sept. 25 School Committee meeting that he would forfeit the increase.

"For starters I want to thank Mr. Rearick for doing that, and another example of your leadership," said Jan Bergandy, school committee member. "I think we should truly appreciate that under these circumstances. Basically you are entitled to that and I just want to say how much i appreciate it and how it is consist with everything you have done so far." 

Rearick started with the district in 1998, where he was the principal until 2003 before being promoted to superintendent.

Justin Katz October 09, 2012 at 10:31 AM
On the other hand, North Smithfield's math and science NECAPs have been climbing much more consistently. That's not necessarily relevant to a superintendent's salary; again, each district has to make its own decisions. My point, though, is that when a comparison is offered it ought to be accurate, and the "mirror district" comparison in this article is misleading.
Just Another Taxpayer October 09, 2012 at 10:36 AM
All Mr. Katz cares about is money. This is evident by his posts on this thread. It's odd that he knows how to research this issue but doesn't provide any information to readers regarding best teaching practices which help improve student learning. It is clear to me, that Mr. Katz's only reason for running for the School Committee is try and reopen the teacher's contract. Since Mr. Katz believes our teachers and superintendent are paid too much, maybe he could tell voters what he believes is a "fair salary". Readers should keep in mind that both our teachers and the superintendent are already the lowest paid in the state.
Louis Cypher October 09, 2012 at 10:47 AM
WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THIS...NO ENDORSEMENT FOR YOU!
Tom October 09, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Don't let Jim L read this!
Jim L October 09, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Dan D, take what? Will the Supt, raise be given to the coffers of T1/Curb? as a person who doesn't even live in this town why is he a member? Will this money and the help offfered by the head of the Tiverton Nea put t1 over the top in fund raiseing,Then Brian and T1/curb can dump the FtR as they wish, Do we realy want a group that has such close ties to nothing but the schools and extrememe hatred of certain folks in this town to run it, Back to the days of breaking the tax cap? If you running a transparent race and talking about coming clean you have to do it yourself also,
Renee Cwiek October 09, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Jim, are you assuming he's a member? Because I think you are.
KSilvia October 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Agree. But also shows dedication to his staff - the ones who actually teach the kids.
KSilvia October 09, 2012 at 02:15 PM
AHHH, why do my posts keep disappearing. Anyone else having this issue?
Renee Cwiek October 09, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I've noticed there's been a delay seeing posts after originally posting.
Karen Bodington October 09, 2012 at 10:21 PM
You mean these NECAP scores Justin!! http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x1931757342/Tiverton-s-science-NECAP-scores-above-RI-level Tiverton’s science NECAP scores above RI level
Justin Katz October 09, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Yes, those, Karen. Don't take the local reporting on these issues at face value. All of the reporters took the school department's spin in one swallow, and the Herald didn't even get its elementary schools straight. Ft. Barton is up significantly, but it really should be noted that the school's got the smallest number of students, the lowest percentage of special needs students (by far & decreasing), and yet the most teachers per student of any elementary school in town. Ranger's scores, meanwhile, are down significantly. Pocasset and the high school saw just about no progress, and the middle school's improvement only brings it back to where it was two years ago, with a big dip between. Things look even worse in math. Ft. Barton was up a little; Pocasset up a little; Ranger down a lot; the middle school stagnant; and the high school down. The Rhode Island average for science, meanwhile, includes districts like Central Falls (9.9% proficient) and Providence (12%). Considering overall districts, here are the towns that Tiverton beat (in order from best to worst); * Foster-Gloucester * Middletown * Burrilville * Cranston * Johnston * East Providence * Warwick * Newport * North Providence * West Warwick * Woonsocket * Pawtucket * Providence * Central Falls Is that satisfactory to you?
Justin Katz October 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Don't know.. I've gone to respond to a couple that appeared in my email, but the comment wasn't there.
KSilvia October 10, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Is that satisfactory to you? I would guess no. It isn't to anyone. But we also see the improvements and other positive things going on too. From your card, I would say test scores and money will be you primary focus. And what makes you believe that it is satisfactory to the current school committee, the current staff, or your opponents?
Gerry Jones October 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Jiml, when you come out of the TCC induced coma, you will see that THEY, not your fellow residents are the problem. Kick the TCC habit, jiml! You are at best middle class. They are all RICH. Where do you fit in, Jiml???? Have you been out on jane doe's yacht, yet? They are using you, JimL, don't you get it? Has lord nelson invited you out to the compound? if the answer is no, then you might want to start checking that mailbox a lot closer...
Gerry Jones October 10, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Justin, When you send your kids to the Tiverton Schools, I will take you seriously. Until then, you do not have my vote or any of my family or my neighbors (who all send their kids to PUBLIC schools). Why should we trust our kids to you when you don't even put your own children in the school system that you want to oversee? You can put up all the graphs you want but, people want to know why your kids aren't in the system, Justin!!!! And give us the real, reason, not the BS because we all know your run is really about vouchers, isn't it?
Ryanthegirl October 10, 2012 at 02:59 AM
As I have stated before, I hate that our public schools are judged off of a blanket test. Especially with more and more colleges putting less emphasis on things like SAT scores. I feel this is where public education is failing our students and needs complete reform. Furthermore, we force our teachers to teach what is on these “tests” instead of giving teachers, parents, students and the community the right to be involved in the structure of a curriculum that teaches real life situations or at least the freedom to incorporate the ideas. We don’t teach personal finances, economics or real life math anymore. Quite frankly, our teachers aren’t allowed to teach outside of the government and union mandated box. As a parent who has far more opportunity to communicate with my children’s teachers than my parents had, why are we all forced to teach to a standard that none of us had any input? Any subject will become un-relatable and boring to students if they can’t bring a real life situation into it, at least on an elementary and beginning of middle school level. Yes, all kids need the basics of math, science, geography, English, etc. but as an adult, who works in finance for a living, I can’t tell you the last time I needed to figure out the answer to a 3 variable linear equation. Side note – why does RI force teachers to be in the union? Is it solely “right to work” or something else?
Ryanthegirl October 10, 2012 at 03:24 AM
@Gerry, as a private school kid, married to another private school kid and has two kids in public schools; the focus should not be on where his family chooses to send their children but more the ideas. Mind you this does not mean I agree with everything stated by Justin or others but any idea that is different should be looked at without prejudice, its obvious what is currently in place is not working. I just read your other comment. What do you consider “rich”? I always wonder what people think of as rich, middle class or poor. My opinion it would be similar to the BMI scale.
Justin Katz October 10, 2012 at 09:19 AM
My candidacy is not about vouchers. It's about improving education in Tiverton, getting budgeting into a rational place where the district doesn't rely on fear of closed schools to achieve higher increases, and it's about ending the divisiveness of day-to-day life, here..
Justin Katz October 10, 2012 at 09:26 AM
I absolutely agree. The whole system of incentives and assessment needs an overhaul, with teachers individually accountable for their work in the classroom, principals individually accountable for their schools, and the superintendent and school committee accountable for the district. Nobody can judge the value of the education better than the people closest to it. Unfortunately, including with the common core program coming down from the federal government, the education establishment is attempting to centralize everything. The more distant the control and accountability, the more necessary are standardized metrics. That said, the tests are in place, and like it or not, they are a measure that people accept far and wide. I do believe, though, that standardized tests and a curriculum that covers a broader range of topics, as you describe, are not incompatible.
Justin Katz October 10, 2012 at 09:30 AM
One can only judge by actions. When the test scores come up, the committee is silent and the administration is clearly making excuses and muddying the water with this stuff about "mirror districts." And then the district finds that it has to pay the teachers $70 per hour for two extra days of professional development. These are not indications of a system that finds its results unacceptable.
Jim L October 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Beware T1/curb, They think they can solve Tiverton's problems by" tweaking" the FTR. the main purpose of this group, Get rid of the taxpayer option for anyone to present a budget, Tiverton first? The school super sent students home with messages to parents to defeat the FTR, Had in school meetings that he said "Just Happen" and is a member of T1/curb, even thou he doesn't live or vote in this town. To vote for most of their slate is to return to OLD Tiverton ways, Brett Peletier is an asset to this town and show be reelected, . Notice the mass of unknown attacks from T1/Curb on me lately? Can remember when a fake has been attacked so much by so many other fakes. Mr Edwards COULD have helped the cause greatly but he choose not to. NO TOLLS
Renee Cwiek October 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I asked you before, but I guess you choose to ignore it. How do you know he's a member of T1.
KSilvia October 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Typical TCC conspiracy theory rant. No one has a problem wit the FTR. WE WON and people supporting T1 voted for it. Anything to scare the people instead of actually winning based on facts and issues. T1 members are listed on facebook for anyone to see. Another false statement by TCC. Rep Edwards is working hard to stop the tolls. False statement #2 by TCC. They are racking up aren't they.
Tivertontaxpayer1 October 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The number one reason why Jim Lipe attacks the schools incesantly is because he does not believe in education. Jim believes just because he is a third grade dropout with the writing, spelling, and grammatical skills of a dyslexic chimpanzee, then everyone else should be uneducated to that degree. Kind of "levels the playing field" for Tiverton's #1 Schlitz taste tester.
KSilvia October 10, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Inappropriate. Call him out for misstating the facts but the name calling and insults are uncalled for and I will be flagging.
Tivertontaxpayer1 October 10, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Joe-Every day people browse this site seeking intelligent debate and conversation, and what they see is you and your partner in crime Jim Lipe making incoherent posts promoting the TCC agenda. Now clean those crumbs out of your beard and get back to banging nails-break time is over!
Jim L October 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
KSilvia Thats funny, you will be flagging this? Since the patch editor also belongs to t1/curb she picks and choses what insults to me get removed on here, Brian Medeiors , with the school super , the patch editor and others belonging to T1/curb are just very bad for this town , Their only purpose is more school money instead of school money spent wisely and to derail the FTR
Just Another Taxpayer October 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Where is your evidence the superintendent of schools sent home messages to parents regarding the FTR? While you are at it, where is your proof the superintendent of schools is a member of Tiverton First?
Just Another Taxpayer October 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Where is your proof the Patch Editor is a member of Tiverton First?
Just Another Taxpayer October 10, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Funny how Fake Jim L, can't back up his outrageous claims. This nothing more than the TCC trying to distract residents from their own platform and record.

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