The Board of Education of Carroll County is pleased to announce that it has ratified by unanimous vote the master agreements with four of its employee bargaining groups – Administrators and Supervisors of Carroll County, the Carroll County Education Association, Food Services, and Local 2741/Council 67 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO.
According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Lockard, “These agreements clearly demonstrate the importance of investing in our employees and are reflective of the work they do each and every day.”
The agreement with the Carroll County Education Association (CCEA), provides an average 5% increase for all positions represented by the union, including teachers, teacher specialists, school counselors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and nurses. “We are grateful we were able to work with the association to maximize the additional funding provided by our County Commissioners, as well as the state funding tied to the Kirwan Commission,” Lockard said. “It was important to all of us that our employees received the matching funds from the state.”
Also as part of the agreement, the Board was able to work with CCEA to meet the intent of the Kirwan funding to improve salaries for starting teachers and teachers in their first five years. As of July 1, the beginning teacher salary in Carroll County Public Schools will be $48,000, which is a major improvement to the current starting salary of $45,787. This is a very competitive salary in terms of recruiting and bringing people to the school system. This also supports the Board’s Strategic Plan goal of improved recruitment and retention.
Employees represented by the Administrators and Supervisors of Carroll County, Food Services, and Local 2741/Council 67 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO were able to reach agreement on a 3.5% salary increase.
The Board of Education would like to thank all who participated in the negotiations process for their effort and patience, as well as their commitment to reaching these agreements. Their willingness to work together helped to ensure a successful conclusion to this process. The Board also would like to thank the County Commissioners for the additional funding which was instrumental in helping all groups reach an agreement.
According to Board President Donna Sivigny, “I am pleased that we could come to such positive resolution with our bargaining units. I especially want to thank the Commissioners for collaborating with us during this budget cycle and demonstrating their commitment to education in Carroll County.”