- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
New contracts negotiated with St. Mary’s public school employee unions calls for teachers and other staff to get raises based on their years of services; raises that were denied during the last two years.
The new contracts outline similar salary arrangements for both the Education Association of St. Mary’s County and the Collective Education Association of St. Mary’s County.
The agreements include:
• One raise on July 1, 2013 for the previously negotiated step pay increases not received by qualifying staff during the 2010-2011 school year.
• Another raise in January 2014 for the previously negotiated step pay increase not received by qualifying staff during the 2011-2012 school year.
• Staff who do not receive a salary increase for either of the two steps listed above would receive an $800 one-time stipend in December, 2013.
• No cost of living increases for employees.
The tentative agreements still need to be approved by union membership.
“I am very pleased that the Board of Education has seen fit to honor the efforts of their great staff,” Anna Laughlin, EASMC president, said in a prepared statement. “While it’s not everything that employees deserve, we appreciate [Superintendent Michael] Martirano’s and the Board of Education’s courage in taking this step in the right direction. We trust that our county commissioners will work collaboratively with us to make this a reality for our valued employees.”
Terrie Butt, president of CEASMC, said in a prepared statement, “It is important to protect our quality schools by recruiting and retaining excellent support professionals, and this agreement demonstrates their respectful commitment to get us back on track.”
Martirano, who last week was reappointed to a third four-year term to lead the school system, said in a statement that funding for the agreement is included in his proposed budget, which the school board plans to vote on at its Feb. 27 meeting. The pay raises would add $3.6 million in salary costs.
“The success of our students is greatly dependent on our highly effective teachers, our support staff, and the leadership of our administration, who do a lot with the resources we have to make St. Mary’s County Public Schools one of the leading school systems in the state,” Martirano said in his statement.
The agreements also extend current contract language for two additional years with openers to renegotiate salary each year. The current agreements, which were scheduled to conclude in July 2015, will now conclude in July 2017.
Negotiations are continuing with the newly formed union of school administrators.