Should Shilling get a pay raise?The county school board...

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September 13, 1992

Should Shilling get a pay raise?

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 failure of many school employees to get raises this year, should the board 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: William J. Norton

Westminster

No. The superintendent's office as well as the entire Board of Education should be restraining spending at this time in our economy.

The arrogance exhibited in expecting and accepting this increase while so many in our area are suffering and finding it very difficult to meet day-to-day expenses is unconscionable.

On Nov. 3, Carroll County citi

zens should give careful thought to elected school board members.

From: Holly D'Angelo

Hampstead

I feel that amount is outrageous at a time like this.

Budget cuts in education, but they have that much money for raises.

No way.

From: Sandra Ellison

Westminster

I feel very strongly that the raises and the benefits Mr. Shilling and Mr. Lockard received are not warranted.

The Carroll County school system is not one of the largest, and yet Mr. Shilling's contract is one of the largest. I believe he's the only superintendent who doesn't have a doctorate.

It's ironic that in the past, when the SAT's were improved, he took full credit, and now when they're lower, he feels there's too much emphasis on the SAT scores.

In addition, he's made a much larger bureaucracy than Dr. Adams. Look at all the newly formed departments headed by people making $50,000 and above.

I would also like to know why the school board has so much power, especially Cheryl McFalls, who as far as I know, has no qualifications whatsoever.

In the interest of all, I believe Mr. Shilling and Mr. Lockard should have turned down their raises. Do we have to have almost the highest paid superintendent in the state in order to have a strong educational system?

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