The Carroll County Education Association last week responded in a nine-page review to contract language changes proposed by the Board of Education.

The board will respond to the association's review at the next negotiating session, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 2, Room 271 of the Board of Education office.

Harold Fox, chief negotiator for the CCEA that represents about 1,300 Carroll teachers, said the association has turned over the board's insurance proposal to its specialists for review.

However, Fox said CCEA plans to unveil its own insurance proposal. The association only recently received insurance information from the school district, he said.

Teachers, he said, believe the board's health care proposal puts too heavy a burden on workers. The proposal would lower insurance premiums for those switching from traditional insurance to a plan that requires employees to pay a percentage of their medical bills.

Teachers are angry, Fox said, because despite Carroll's strong performance in the Maryland School Performance Program, the board's proposals are "taking away" from the staff.

Representatives of the other associations representing school workers said the proposals will be reviewed by their insurance specialists.

Contract talks for plant and maintenance workers will resume 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday and at 2:30 p.m. Thursday for food service workers. Both sessions will be held in Room 271 of the Board of Education office.

The next session for administrators and supervisors will be at 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 2 in Room 275 of the Board of Education office.

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