School board seeks $2.4 million more to pay for employee raises Request to go to commissioners

April 09, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The Carroll County Board of Education voted yesterday to ask the county commissioners for another $2.4 million to cover 3 percent pay raises it has negotiated with school employee unions.

The request brings the board's total budget request for 1993-1994 to $121 million. Of that, $67 million would come from the county, and the rest from state and federal sources.

Only one union has not settled -- the Carroll Association of School Employees, which represents clerical workers, instructional assistants and licensed practical nurses.

CASE and the school board had agreed to a 3 percent pay increase for each of two years. But they still have other language to resolve, such as the use of arbitration for disciplinary cases and firings.

Before the board's unanimous vote yesterday, Vice President John Myers said he hoped the county would grant the request so the board can honor the tentative agreements with the unions.

"I really would hope the community would support this," Mr. Myers said.

For the past two years, school employees have received only scheduled increment raises. They received no cost-of-living raises, and employees at the top of their pay scales got no increases.

The school board vote included a $41,883 adjustment in the school food service budget for raises for cafeteria workers. That money is expected to be generated by school lunch fees and government subsidies. The food service program is mostly self-supporting, said William Hyde, assistant superintendent for administration.

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