The Board of Education will meet this morning to vote on using $1.3 million left over from the current year's budget to pay for pay raises negotiated for next year.
Contract talks are completed for the 2,000 employees, providing step and longevity increases but no cost-of-living raise. As many as 40 percent of employees in some groups will receive no raise because they are at the top of their scales or at a step that has no increase.
"I'm disappointed about the people who won't get anything for the second year, and I'm disappointed they [the school board] would not agree to a two-year contract," said Cindy Cummings, president of the Carroll County Education Association, which represents the 1,400 teachers in the system.
Teachers had asked for a two-year contract with a cost-of-living raise in the second year, or with an option to renegotiate salary without negotiating everything else.
School employees received no cost-of-living raise last year, either. Cummings estimated that about 500 teachers won't get step increases because they are at one of the two plateaus in the scale, or at the top of the scale with more than 24 years.
"I'm pleased about the insurance," Cummings said. The plan negotiated with all groups will mean lower health insurance premiums and more take-home pay.
Curtis Schnorr, principal of Robert Moton Elementary and president of the administrators and supervisors association, said was disappointed that the board didn't agree to some requests that wouldn't have cost money.
"Because we're aware of the economic situation, we were looking at non-economic items," Schnorr said. "I don't think they were sensitively addressed."
For example, the administrators asked for more flexible summer hours so that they could work 12 hours on some days in exchange for taking other days off.
Schnorr said this wasn't the year for the administrators to push that, however, because the public perception seems to be that school employees don't do anything all summer long anyway.
The other unions -- the Food Service Workers Association, the Carroll Association School Employees and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- completed their contracts last week.
The board meets at 9 a.m. today at Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center.
In addition to the $1.3 million from this year's budget, the board will vote on transferring another $95,000 in state money in the 1993 proposed budget for the negotiated pay raises, said William Hyde, assistant superintendent for administration.
+ The $1.3 million comes from
various accounts this year, such as from positions that were not filled, Hyde said.
Without the transfers, the $112.28 million proposed school budget for 1993 has no money allocated for salary increases.
Although the board initially asked the county commissioners for an additional $1.3 million for the pay raises, the commissioners refused. They did, however, say they would allow the board to transfer such money for raises.
Other items employees won this year are more flexible family leave and a sick leave bank to allow employees to donate leave to be used by those who exhaust their own leave for a serious illness.