The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County has reached a tentative agreement with the school system that would allow teachers to accumulate personal leave.
TAAAC President Thomas J. Paolino presented the tentative pact to his membership yesterday. A ratification voteis scheduled for April 1.
The school board initially wanted teachers to "use or lose" personal days at the end of the school year, Paolino said.
The contractsettlement also allows for department chairmen and media specialiststo have five additional paid days for planning added to their 190-day work year.
"Basically we had to work very hard to maintain what's already in our contract," Paolino said.
In addition, the settlement requires teachers to participate in just one back-to-school nightprogram. The board had wanted teachers to participate in three.
The tentative agreement does not include any salary increases or guaranteed planning time for teachers. "The board absolutely refused to budge on planning time for elementary teachers," Paolino said.
TAAACand the board broke off negotiations Jan. 30 after reaching an impasse. It was the second year in a row the two had broken off negotiations, over many of the same issues, and had to request a mediator.
Paolino said teachers understand the fiscal problems the county is facing, but they agreed to forgo a cost-of-living adjustment last year. Now teachers, who have not had a salary increase in two years, are facing furlough days and possible layoffs.
The Secretaries and Assistants Association of Anne Arundel County also has reached an agreement with the board for a one-year contract.
SAAAAC has agreed not toseek pay increases, unless other county employees receive them. In return, the board agreed to a provision allowing secretaries to take off snow days. Secretaries now must report to their schools even when schools are closed because of snow.
The board still has not settled contracts with the Association of Educational Leaders, which represent principals and administrators, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee, which represents the school system's blue-collar workers.