Chariho School District, union agree on contract extension
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The Chariho Regional School District Committee and NEA Chariho Educational Support Professionals have agreed to a two-year contract extension through June 30, 2016.
The contract includes no increase in compensation in 2014-15 and a 1 percent increase in compensation on the top step in 2015-16, with all employees currently eligible for Schedule One salary step increases to receive them.
The contract reduces the waiver of a health benefit stipend from $3,650 to $2,500 for a family plan and from $1,275 to $750 for an individual plan over the term of the contract.
The Chariho Educational Support Professionals is an affiliate of the National Education Association and represents more than 150 workers such as teaching assistants, clerks, custodians, behavioral management assistants and computer technicians.
Stonington student named 2014 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist
STONINGTON — Matthew Fields, a senior at Stonington High School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Corporation, principal Stephen Murphy announced last week.
Fields is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Fields, of Mystic, and among 16,000 semifinalists out of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT in October 2012. He will now have an opportunity to continue in the merit scholarship competition. To become a finalist, a student must have an outstanding academic record throughout his/her high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance. The semifinalist and a school official also will submit a detailed scholarship application.
About 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finalist level, and it is from this group that merit scholarship winners will be chosen. Merit scholars are selected on the basis of their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Merit scholarship 2014 winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
Westerly area residents pursue food co-op
WESTERLY — A group of area residents would like to form a food co-op in town. Anyone interested in becoming a charter member should contact email@example.com to get on a list of possible members and to get more information.
Charter members will receive a 5 percent discount on groceries for life, according to organzier Denny Smith. About 1,500 charter members are needed to get the co-op off the ground.
Initial plans for the co-op are for a full-service grocery story where food is organic and as local as possible. Ideas include a dairy section, a butcher, canned and dry goods, a florist, bakery, and a boutique with personal-care products.