Should Shilling get $6,000 raise?
Editor's note: The county school board recently approved a $6,000 increase in the salary of Superintendent R. Edward Shilling. The board also approved a $3,000 annual increase for Deputy Superintendent Brian Lockard, recommended by Mr. Shilling because Mr. Lockard has taken on additional duties. Mr. Shilling's new annual salary is more than $104,000; under the terms of his contract it will rise to $118,000 by July 1994. He also receives substantial benefits and would be paid the entire four-year balance of his salary if he were fired for unsatisfactory performance. We asked our readers, in light of budget cuts and the failure of many school employees to get raises this year, whether the board should have raised these salaries. Should Mr. Shilling and Mr. Lockard have turned down the raises? Here are some of the responses we have received:
From: Laura Jo Loyd
Sharon Hornberger hit lots of nails on heads in her article concerning specific salary increases in the Carroll County public schools.
I'd like to hit a few more.
Let's talk baseball for a moment. I say to Cal Ripken, "Don't think too long about whether to take $6 million or $8 million. Take the $8 million and thank God for your gifts."
I advocate the same principle to Mr. Shilling and his deputy. Both of them have tough jobs and give many gifts to all of us through their educational leadership.
All of us want more money. I guess it is the human condition. The concern is: Who held out the money and said, "Take it?"
And who is the woman on the school board who needs a crystal ball to see today's economy? Does the woman have no television or newspapers in her home? Does she not talk to people every day who are affected by difficult financial circumstances?
I work in the Anne Arundel County public schools, where the school board is appointed by the governor and is not directly accountable to the people. We citizens of Carroll County elect ours.
Election day can't come soon enough for me.
The disabled must assert their rights
To: Carl L. Jarrett
From: Marilynn J. Phillips
I commend Mr. Carl L. Jarrett ("Nobody seems to care about the disabled") for speaking out about violations of handicapped parking in Carroll County shopping malls.
Far too many persons with disabilities "simmer in silence," failing to assert their right to full participation in society. I have some information to share with Mr. Jarrett:
*A city of Westminster ordinance permits police patrol of Westminster mall parking lots. Police can issue tickets for handicapped parking violations.
*Mall managements that have non-interventionist policies may be in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA (section 36.302) "prohibits the failure to make reasonable modifications in policies" that deny access. This could be brought to the attention of mall managements that fail to contact police about handicapped parking violations.
*The ADA requires a certain minimum number of accessible parking spaces, and also that one in every eight accessible spaces be designated "Van Accessible," with appropriate signage and access aisle.
*If mall managements are uncooperative, there are two routes to enforcement. A complaint may be filed (1) under Title III of ADA (Department of Justice) or (2) under Article 49B, Maryland State Code (Maryland Commission on Human Relations, (800) 637-6247).
As a wheelchair user who daily encounters accessibility violations, I know how time-consuming it is to follow through on such matters. However, nobody else will do it for us.
I thank Mr. Jarrett for his consumer activism ("speaking out") for accessibility. His efforts will make our lives easier.