Marathon Meeting Faces Board As School Winds Up

June 04, 1991|By Dianne Williams Hayes | Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer

With the school year coming to an end, school board members are scheduled to wrap up unfinished business during a marathon meeting beginning tomorrow morning.

After hearing comments from the public and before they begin grappling with a 23-item agenda, board members are scheduled to go behind closed doors to discuss a mediator's report to help resolve stalled contract negotiations with county teachers.

Tom Paolino, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, will be among those awaiting the board's response to the 52-page recommendation prepared by mediator Molly Bower. The report wasreleased last Wednesday to both sides.

If the board responds, Paolino wants to take the decision to union members for a vote.

Otherwise, a vote could be delayed until September with an extension of the current contract until then.

The TAAAC contract expires June 30.

Both sides were able to agree on 16 non-fiscal items, including changes to contract language allowing confidential use of tele

phones for teachers contacting parents, payroll deductions for investments and adoption leave.

But little progress had been made on health and safety issues such as emergency call buttons for classrooms and general working condition issues.

TAAAC also is lobbying against changing schedules for guidance counselors, shifting them from a 12-month schedule to a 10-month pay cycle.

Board members are scheduled to vote on whether school lunch, summer camp and athletic event ticketfees should increase for next school year.

Also, a vote is scheduled on the budget and school selection for the federally funded Chapter 1 remedial reading and math program. Next school year will be the first time middle schools will be excluded from the program. If approved, the remedial services will be offered in elementary schools only.

North County High School is once again on the agenda with a formal presentation of renovation and addition plans for the high school.Plans to renovate the Center for Applied Technology South also will be discussed.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m., at the Board of Education building, at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

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