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Carroll school system, teachers union remain unsettled on contracts

With Carroll County's budget process over, the school system and the teachers union have yet to reach an agreement on new contracts.

Officials from Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County Education Association will use a Monday, June 6 mediation date that the groups had originally reserved on an if-necessary basis, CCEA President Teresa McCulloh said. After sessions on May 27 and May 31, the two sides have yet to reach an agreement on new contracts.

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Neither McCulloh nor CCPS spokeswoman Carey Gaddis said they could comment on how near the two sides are to reaching an accord.

All three sessions come after the May 26 approval of the county's fiscal year 2017 budget. Included in that budget is about $184.9 million for schools, $8.7 million more than what was allocated to CCPS in fiscal year 2016 for operating costs. Much of the increase, the school board has said, will be used to fund increases for county schools staff.

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CCEA is the only remaining bargaining unit of the five that the school system works with that has not reached an agreement with the school system.

Administrators and Supervisors; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Carroll Association of School Employees; and Food Services of Carroll County have each agreed to new contracts that include salary increases for members.

The largest increase will come to longtime principals, vice principals, curriculum coordinators, and supervisors covered by the Administrators and Supervisors union.

Under the new agreement, administrators and supervisors within their current salary category for at least five years will receive a two-step increase in 2017, amounting to a raise of nearly 8 percent. Those in their current position within the union for fewer than five years will receive one step.

ASFCME and CASE members will receive one step and a 2 percent cost of living adjustment in 2017.

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

If an agreement is not met at the June 6 meeting, McCulloh said, the mediator will advise the parties on the next step. That could mean involving the state labor board, Gaddis said.

All new contracts are scheduled to go into effect July 1.

"We're going in on Monday with the hope that we reach an agreement," McCulloh said.

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