BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A consultant has been appointed by Albany to try and save Buffalo's failing schools. The new education consultant has arrived, and she's fetching a pretty penny.
Dr. Judy Elliot will be receiving $190 an hour, plus expenses. As you can imagine, this is raising a lot of eyebrows.
Elliott said, "This is about improving the achievement, suspension, attendance, all of these things we know Buffalo needs to improve on."
The State Board of Education has required the struggling Buffalo School District to hire Judy Elliott as the state's first "distinguished educator." Over the next few months, she'll meet with the schools and make recommendations.
Elliott said, "My role is to come in right now and do an assessment of the structures and inner workings of the district."
However, her advice comes with a hefty price tag. At $190 an hour plus expenses, Elliott's pay wage is higher than they superintendent's hourly rate.
In total, that will cost the taxpayers $1,795 for every day she's on the job here. Her contract only requires her to be in Buffalo for 25 days until the end of 2012, but she says that she will be in town as many days as it takes to get the job done.
"I will be here as much as I need to do the things that I just laid out," said Elliott.
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