Howard W Smith

Consultant - Contract Negotiations & Dispute Resolution
87 Main Street - B5
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Professional Work History:

2015 – Present Teachers Contract Negotiations Consultant

10/16 – 6/17 Interim Superintendent, White Plains City School District, White Plains, NY
Diverse urban school district with 7000 students and a $200 million budget

11/14 – 9/15 Interim Superintendent, Burlington School District, Burlington, VT
Helped to resolve a financial crisis in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse urban
school district with a student enrollment of 4000

2013 – 2016 Educational Planner, Tetra Tech Architects & Engineers, Ithaca, NY
Marketing and project development consulting

2013 – 2014 Adjunct Faculty, Bank Street College, NY, NY
Administrative Internship Supervisor, Trainer/consultant for school principal and Plovdiv
University faculty development program in Bulgaria

2001 – 2013 (retired) Superintendent, Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, Tarrytown, NY
Culturally and socioeconomically diverse suburban school district with a student
enrollment of 2900, a staff of 450, and a $66.8 million annual budget.
Oversaw $74 million school expansion and renovation project

2007 Adjunct Professor, Fordham University, Tarrytown, New York
Graduate level instruction in Educational Administration

1988 - 2001 Superintendent, Canton Central School District, Canton, New York
Rural district, college town, 1650 students, 275 staff

1989 – 2000 Adjunct Professor, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York
Graduate level instruction in Educational Administration

1981 – 1988 Principal, Williamstown Elementary School, Williamstown, MA
K-6, rural college town, 500 students, 70 staff

1985 – 1988 Lecturer, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Undergraduate level instruction in Educational Psychology

1984 – 1988 Lecturer, North Adams State College, North Adams, MA
Graduate level instruction in Educational Administration

1977 – 1981 Director of Special Education/School Psychologist, North Berkshire School Union,
Clarksburg, MA
K-12 special education supervision & psychological services in rural schools

Dispute Resolution Experience

29 years experience resolving workplace and contract interpretation disputes informally and via the formal grievance process
29 years experience resolving conflicts necessary to achieve collective bargaining agreements
40 years experience resolving parent-school district disputes

Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)

Employment Law Mediator Training Course, October 2017

Professional Associations

Association for Conflict Resolution


Teachers College, Columbia University
Ph.D., Educational Psychology
M.Ed., Reading
M.A., Psychology

Marietta College
BA, Psychology & Education
Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude



Vice Chair, Board of Education, Burlington, VT
Stephanie Seguino, PhD
Dept of Economics, University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05401
802 660-0972

President, Board of Education, Tarrytown, NY
Mimi Godwin
20 River Terrace
Tarrytown, NY 10591
914 631-0675


President, Teachers Association of the Tarrytowns
Judith Kelly
Sleepy Hollow High School
210 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
914 332-6222

Past President, Burlington Education Association
Bob Abbey
Flynn Elementary School
1645 North Street
Burlington, VT 05408
802 864-8478

Past President, White Plains Teachers Association
Caireen (Kerry) Broderick
67 Grandview Ave
White Plains, NY 10605
914 907-7157

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