Carroll County's school board blundered when it approved a $6,000 pay increase for the county's school superintendent, R. Edward Shilling, and a $3,000 raise to the deputy superintendent, Brian Lockard. Mr. Shilling's pay will be $104,626 and Mr. Lockard's $84,343 for the next school year. While the raises are a tiny amount in the county's $112.3 million education budget, they could exacerbate the level of aggravation among the county's school employees, parents and citizens.
School employees -- from teachers to cafeteria workers -- are angry because they were unable to get a multi-year contract during the last round of negotiations. Even though the June agreement calls for school workers to receive their scheduled step and longevity increases, several hundred employees won't receive any increases this year. For some, this will be the second year without higher pay.
The fact that the system's two highest officials were able to get raises while lower-paid subordinates could not indicates there is a double standard. At a time when school workers are making sacrifices, it is only fair that their top two bosses make similar wage concessions.