Monday, February 11, 2013
A teacher's union president suggested two Harford schools may one day be forced to close if Harford County Public Schools aren't granted more funding from Harford County.
UPDATED (11:27 p.m.)—Despite the suggestion from a teacher's union president that Harford County Public Schools may need to consider closing some institutions, no such school shutdowns are imminent, officials said Monday. Ryan Burbey, president of the Harford County Education Association, said during public comment at last week's Harford County Council meeting that a decline in funding for education may eventually force schools to consider shutting down some buildings. Burbey addressed an "imminent funding crisis" for Harford County Public Schools. "If we don’t do something soon, your schools face dramatic cuts," he said. "The schools that are most at-risk are our at-risk schools, our schools at the upper end of the county where the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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 staging work to order protests, the Harford County Education Association, representing 3,200 Harford County Public Schools employees, reached an agreement with the Harford County Board of Education. 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 …
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Harford County Education Association says salary enhancements for teachers will go into effect on July 1, 2012.
UPDATED (3:13 p.m.)—They spoke. They were heard. Days after staging a work to order protest, the Harford County Education Association says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Harford County Board of Education on "salary enhancements" for Harford County Public Schools teachers. According to an email from HCEA President Randy Cerveny, the agreement signed Monday includes a "one percent cost of living allowance, a step on the salary scale for elligible teachers and longevity increases for more experienced teachers." The statement noted that the changes become effective July 1. The agreement also stated the final duty day of the current school year will be Wednesday, June 13—rather than the previously-mandated June 14. Many schools …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Randy Cerveny, President of Harford County Education Association, calls for good faith negotiations
The Public School Labor Relations Board ruled that Harford County Public Schools was negotiating in bad faith with the Harford County Education Association, or HCEA, according to a letter to the editor from the HCEA president. Randy Cerveny, president of HCEA, submitted a letter to the editor Wednesday urging parents and community members to reach out to the Harford County Board of Education to encourage good faith negotiations. Below is the unedited letter he sent to Patch. To the editor: Harford County’s students and teachers deserve better than this. The teachers of Harford County have been in negotiations with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) since November 2010 for their contract, which began in July 2011. On April 2, 2012, the …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Randy Cerveny submitted letter to the editor on the topic of teacher bonuses and teacher rights.
Randy Cerveny, president of the Harford County Education Association, or HCEA, a union representing Harford educators, shares thoughts in the wake of teacher bonus agreement. Here is the letter unedited and printed in full: HCEA celebrates having protected the negotiation rights of Harford County’s teachers. The Harford County Education Association reached a tentative agreement with the Harford County Board of Education negotiations team to discuss the disbursement of the $1,250 in supplemental funds from the County Executive. The Harford County Education Association has the responsibility of upholding the rights of its members. By ensuring that the additional funding from the County Council was negotiated, HCEA protected the rights of our…
Friday, December 16, 2011
County Executive David Craig issued a statement Friday expressing disappointment over the Harford County Education Association's response to the proposed bonuses.
Harford County Executive David Craig used a veto to withheld one-time bonus money that would have gone to Harford County Board of Education employees, his office announced Friday morning. Bonuses for many county employees were approved by the Harford County Council on Tuesday and initially included the board of education, which would be responsible for distributing the bonuses to school system employees. The bonuses were to be split in half, with the first payment of $625 to be issued before Christmas and the second half may have been distributed in the spring, according to the county executive's office and the Harford County Education Association's website. On Thursday, the Harford County Education Association, which represents the county…
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Board of Education and Harford County Education Association will look to a mediator to settle their differences.
Patch recently reported that negotiations between the Harford County Board of Education and teachers union stalled during a June 16 meeting. Under a recent school budget cut of $23.5 million, teachers and the rest of county school employees would not receive a raise for the third consecutive year. The teachers union said it has made concessions and wants a wage increase, while the board has offered an extra day of paid leave. Patch readers continued the debate on Facebook. What do you think—should teachers receive a salary increase or settle for the extra day off?
Friday, June 17, 2011
Harford County Education Association President Randy Cerveny said the teachers union has made significant concessions in negotiations.
UPDATE (6:18 p.m.)—Negotiations between the Harford County Board of Education and the teachers union stalled Thursday, and a mediator has been requested to try to resolve the situation. The Harford County Education Association and the board have been negotiating salary increases that were initially approved for teachers earlier this year. In a release from the board, however, spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said no impasse has been formally declared. An earlier Patch report quoted union president Randy Cerveny saying that the two sides were at an "impasse." Additionally, the school board press release states that the board has offered county school employees "an extra day of paid leave to employees in lieu of previously negotiated compensation…