BALTIMORE COUNTY — 3 percent pay raise proposed for teachers
A union representing Baltimore County teachers ha negotiated a 3 percent pay raise with the Board of Education.
Ed Veit, president of the 5,700-member Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said he was disappointed over the outcome. "We are cognizant of what's going on with the economy," he said. "But things have gone well in Baltimore County compared to some of the other counties."
The tentative agreement, reached Tuesday, also calls for salary restructuring for veteran teachers. Teachers are scheduled to vote on the proposed contract Feb. 22.
Mr. Veit said union members also object to the fact that in Baltimore County a pay increase agreed upon by the school board can be changed by the executive and County Council. Last year, teachers negotiated a 6 percent pay raise, but former County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen rejected it. He gave all employees a 4 percent increase that was delayed for six months.
Teen brought gun to school, police say
A 17-year-old student was arrested yesterday after h brought an unloaded, .357-caliber Magnum Ruger handgun and 10 rounds of ammunition to Franklin Senior High School in Reisterstown, according to Baltimore County police.
Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman, said several teachers spotted the 11th-grader showing the gun to several other students in a school hallway about 12:30 p.m.
The student, Kristopher Lee Grady of the 200 block of Embleton Road, Owings Mills, was escorted to the principal's office and later taken into custody by police.
He was charged as an adult with handgun possession and wabeing held last night at the Garrison precinct in lieu of $5,000 bond, Sergeant Doarnberger said.
He told officers that he had taken the weapon, which he saibelonged to his mother, to school to try to sell it, according to police.
FOR THE RECORD
* Beginning today, the ramp from eastbound Northern Parkway to the southbound Jones Falls Expressway will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for two weeks while utility work is done for the Central Light Rail System, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation has announced. Motorists can reach the southbound JFX from the westbound ramp of Northern Parkway.
* An Adelphi man died last night after being stabbed during an argument with his wife at their home in the 2000 block of Erie Street, Prince George's County police said. The man was taken to the Washington Hospital Center trauma unit, where he was pronounced dead on arrival about 8 p.m.