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Teacher Raises Cost County 66 School Positions, $10 Million

The Harford County Board of Education and Harford County Education Association reached an agreement Monday.

While some Harford County teachers can expect a raise starting July 1, the increases come at a cost of 66 positions and $10 million.

Days after , the , representing 3,200 Harford County Public Schools employees, reached an agreement with the .

The revised wage package of $10 million, which is funded in part by a $3.3 million reduction in expenses and $3.9 million from the elimination of 66 positions, was approved during Monday's school board meeting.

The Board of Education adopted the $427,768,507 budget containing the negotiated increases at Monday's meeting, before HCEA members voted to ratify the agreement at their schools Tuesday and Wednesday.

A copy of the board report and Fiscal Year 2013 budget changes can be found in the attached document.

A statement from the Harford County Board of Education said a lack of funding for the salary increases will be supplemented by "significant reductions in staffing and other programmatic areas throughout the budget to include professional development, overtime, meetings and conferences and equipment."

The agreement gives teachers and members of the HCEA a 1 percent cost of living raise for the next school year, a step increase raise for eligible teachers and longevity increases for more experienced teachers, according to a release from the school system.

According to a story on ExploreHarford.com, the school system said members of four other school system employee unions also get increases.

"Although our teachers undoubtedly deserve a fair pay raise, this proposal also comes with a cost—the loss of both administrative and teaching positions," Harford County Executive said in a statement.

HCEA also tentatively agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding that "resolves the outstanding 2011-12 collective bargaining issues," the release from the school system states.

The union had , which found that HCPS had been negotiating in bad faith with HCEA, Patch reported in April.

The Labor Board found that HCPS failed to honor parts of the previously negotiated contract agreement with the teachers and failed to follow the agreed upon advertised salary schedule.

April Crosby June 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I couldn't agree more BelAirChris!!
CGreenwood June 13, 2012 at 03:17 PM
The whole situation has been to blame HCEA and teachers for wanting good faith bargaining. Now they are being blamed because a small portion of the last two years contract has been funded. Positions are not being lost to this event. They are being lost due to the bickering between county leadership and the BOE. Our children and future aren't even in their headlights anymore. They just want to lay blame on educators for finally standing up to their poor leadership-- school system and county. Support our educational system!
County Employee June 13, 2012 at 05:04 PM
David Craig never gave his county employees a COLA raise, I am a HC GOV EMPLOYEE and none of us have gotten a raise in 4 years. The only thing he did do was give us a one time "bonus" which came out to be approx 170.00 after taxes.
mighty1 June 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
It' a big ---- sandwich and you're all gonna have to take a bite,get over it.Teachers have been complaining about conditions and salaries as long as I can remember.Education has always been a political football.Every politican running for office has a solution to fix a system that never seems to get fixed.The song remains the same.
Kim June 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
But they can surely spend $3.2 million to give our inmates better healthcare. I would rather see our educators getting the funds.

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