Contract proposals unveiled by the Carroll County Education Association last week called for substantial increases in teacher salaries.
"We feel that inflation and insurance costs have adversely affected this group," said Harold Fox, chief negotiator for CCEA, which represents about 1,250 teachers in the Carroll school system.
Fox, though, said CCEA wasn't prepared to propose a specific amount because a number of factors, including insurance costs, have to be studied.
The rising cost of health care insurance is a concern to both the Board of Education and the various associations representing school workers, who include maintenance and custodial workers, cafeteria workers and teachers.
School officials have said the ever-increasing cost of health care cannot be completely borne by the Board of Education.
"We're anxious to hear from you on health insurance matters," Edward J.
Gutman, the board's counsel and chief negotiator for contract talks with teachers. "We're interested in working on this together. We have some problems and we want to resolve them."
Teachers also are asking for more time for planning, especially at the elementary level, and better working conditions, which range from additional classroom materials to relieving teachers of non-teaching duties.
Board of Education proposals largely dealt with language clarification.
But included in the proposals was the establishment of a smoke-free work place.
Gutman said the board would like to establish a smoke-free workplace from "wall to wall" in all Board of Education facilities. He called the proposal "imperative" and said it was the duty of the board to provide a smoke-free environment for education.
Smoking, secondhand smoke and smokeless tobacco have been found to pose definite health risks, the board stated in its proposal. Gutman said the board would like to hammer out an agreement as soon as possible in order to enact the policy beginning Jan. 1, 1991.
Neither side debated the merits of proposals during their first session of bargaining for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 1991. The current contract expires June 30, 1990, and officials hope to conclude negotiations by the end of the year. The next contract session is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Negotiations are open to the public.
Meanwhile, other school workers, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, representing about 230 maintenance, custodial workers and bus drivers, and other associations representing administrators and supervisors and cafeteria workers are continuing to negotiate.