Pact could give principals raises in summer, next year Cost-of-living increases would be 3% each year

January 30, 1998|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County's school principals could see a little more money in their paychecks starting this summer.

The county school board is to vote Wednesday on a five-year contract giving its principals a pair of 3 percent cost-of-living raises, the first taking effect July 1 and the other a year later.

The agreement -- covering principals, assistant principals, pupil personnel workers and administrative trainees -- calls for reopening talks in two years on salaries, benefits and procedures for promotions.

Superintendent Carol S. Parham plans to recommend that the eight-member board vote in favor of the contract negotiated with the principals' union, the Association of Educational Leaders, which would give the administrators their first across-the-board raise since the 1994-1995 school year.

The agreement is contingent on the board's raising no question about "the adequacy of funds" to pay for it in the event of a budget cut by the County Council, according to documents released by the school board.

Donald M. Smith, administrator of the Association of Educational Leaders, could not be reached for comment on the agreement.

Principals say they are eagerly awaiting a raise. "I would be delighted to receive a raise," said Mary Wagner, a first-year principal at Harman Elementary in Hanover, which has an enrollment of about 600.

She said a 3 percent raise would "probably not" be significant but that "I'll take it any way I can get it."

This school year, principals' salaries range from about $45,000 to $82,000, based on their experience, education and enrollment at the schools they head, according to the school system's division of human resources.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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