Harford public schools employees in line for two more days off

All Harford County Public Schools employees represented by one of the system's five bargaining units are in line to get two more paid days off this year.

Public schools officials announced Wednesday that a tentative agreement has been reached with the members of the Harford County Educational Services Council on a one-year contract settlement and a memorandum of understanding to provide employees in that bargaining unit with two paid days off. School officials also "established" a memorandum of understanding with the four other bargaining units which would extend the two paid days off to those employees as well this year.

The agreement, which must still be ratified by the Harford County Board of Education and members of the union, would be in effect for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, according to a Harford County Public Schools press release issued Wednesday.

"This means, all employees whose position falls within the five bargaining units will receive two additional paid days off," according to the press release.

The Harford County Educational Services Council, or HCESC, is the union representing 1,100 school system employees, such as clerical workers, secretaries, nurses, transportation specialists and inclusion helpers. Those employees make up one of five bargaining units of employees; there are also bargaining units for teachers, administrative professionals, school administrators and supervisors and school staff such as cafeteria workers and custodians.

School system and HCESC representatives signed the tentative agreement on Sept. 26, according to the press release.

All 10-month employees, except inclusion helpers and bus attendants and drivers, will be able to take off on April 14 and April 15, 2014, which coincide with spring break.

Those dates could be changed, however, if make-up days are required because of bad weather.

The inclusion helpers will be off Nov. 1 and April 15, 2014; the days off for bus attendants and drivers will be "based on a schedule that preserves transportation service," according to the press release.

Twelve-month employees will take off Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, which coincide with winter break.

"The timing of the December paid non-work days will provide an extended period of energy savings to the school system," according to the press release.

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