Board to vote on Shilling's raise Increase may be contingent on more money for rest of the staff

July 15, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The Board of Education is expected to vote on a salary increase for Superintendent R. Edward Shilling at this morning's meeting.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center on Washington Road outside Westminster.

Also up for a vote today will be a controversial videotape, "Teen AIDS in Focus."

After a favorable evaluation of Mr. Shilling during a series of closed meetings this summer, the board reached a consensus to honor the terms of its four-year contract with him, said Vice President Carolyn L. Scott.

Board members contacted would not discuss the amount of an increase for Mr. Shilling.

However, Mrs. Scott indicated any increase was contingent on increases for the rest of the staff.

Mr. Shilling's salary since 1990 has been $98,626.

If an increase is built into Mr. Shilling's contract, the board should honor it, said Harold Fox, a staff member of the local Maryland State Teachers Association office.

"If he's entitled to it, he should get it like everyone else," Mr. Fox said.

"But if it's a special action, we would be concerned because they said they couldn't do anything special for our people who weren't getting step increases," he said.

Mr. Fox said he did not know details of the contract, which Board President Cheryl A. McFalls said is not a public document. Because state law does not require a contract, the board considers it part of the superintendent's confidential personnel file, Mrs. McFalls said.

Nearly half of teachers, as well as other employee groups, got no raises this year because they were between steps on the salary scale, Mr. Fox said.

School employees received no across-the-board cost-of-living raise this year.

The only raises negotiated were step and longevity increases, and some employees received no raises.

Mrs. Scott said the board met with Mr. Shilling and alone during the evaluation process.

"As an overall feeling, the board is very happy with the superintendent's achievements this year," she said.

"From a personal standpoint, I've been happy with his willingness and the willingness of his other administrators to talk with legislators, testify, support or oppose [legislation affecting schools]," Mrs. Scott said.

In general, Mr. Fox said, research by the teacher union has shown that Mr. Shilling's salary and Carroll teacher salaries each rank about the same as their respective peers' statewide.

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