Contract negotiations continue between school system, teachers union

The Board of County Commissioners will host its final day of budget deliberations today. At stake are salary increases for nearly all Carroll County Public Schools employees.

The school system has reached agreements with four of the five employee bargaining units in the county.


An agreement between CCPS and the Carroll County Education Association, which represents the county's public school teachers, has not yet been reached.

On Friday, school representatives will meet with negotiators from CCEA for the first of three mediation sessions, said Teresa McCulloh, CCEA president.


McCulloh said other scheduled mediation dates include May 31 and, if needed, June 6.

Agreements have been met with Administrators and Supervisors; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Carroll Association of School Employees; and Food Services of Carroll County.

Under those agreements, all employees covered by those groups will receive raises.

Employees covered under the Administrators and Supervisors bargaining unit will receive pay increases based on the number of years they have spent on the job.

The union includes principals, vice principals, coordinators of curriculum and supervisors, but does not include the superintendent or members of the superintendent's cabinet who are involved in the contract negotiation process, said Jimmie Saylor, CCPS director of human resources.

For those administrators within their current salary category and hired before July 1, 2011, there will be a two-step increase in 2017. Those employees hired after July 2, 2011, or with a category change since then will advance one step on the salary scale in 2017.

In 2018 and 2019, members will receive one step and a 2-percent cost of living adjustment.

Under the contract ratified with CASE, which includes clerical employees, assistants and licensed practical nurses, members will receive one step on the salary schedule and a 2-percent cost of living adjustment for each of the next three years.

The agreement also included a stipulation that the school system conduct a compensation and classification study that, if the study determines there is a need for any salary increases, would requiring the reopening of salary negotiations.

For AFSME, which covers custodians, maintenance and transportation personnel, members will also receive one step increment and a 2-percent cost of living adjustment for each of the next three years.

Food service employees will receive increases based on a revised salary scale extended through 2019.

The new contracts are set to take effect July 1.


In recent years, school system employee groups have not received salary increases, instead taking a combination of one-time bonuses and cost of living adjustments.

All of the contracts are subject to funding from the Board of Commissioners, Saylor said. If the school system does not receive enough money in its budget to cover the agreed-upon salary changes, contracts could be renegotiated, she said.

Last week, the commissioners agreed to ask for the school system's input on a plan that would use a combination of one-time funds to largely meet the school system's full request of $185.2 million in county funding. Before that, the commissioners had included $181.9 million in their proposed budget for schools.

The commissioners will hold their final budget meeting today at 9 a.m. in the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

"We'll see if we get enough money to fund all of this," Saylor said.

Reporter Jon Kelvey contributed to this report.



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