Baltimore school principals and other administrators will receive a 7 percent raise over the next two years, school system officials announced yesterday.
The city school board approved a new memorandum of understanding with the Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association on June 26, and the union membership ratified it June 28.
Though documents are supposed to be made public immediately after school board approval, officials would not release any details about the contract until yesterday. Even then, copies of the actual document were not released.
According to a news release, principals and other administrators will receive a 3.5 percent raise for each of the two years of the agreement. In addition, the union and the system will form a committee to study the concept of paying principals for their performance.
Jimmy Gittings, president of the union, said in a statement that the two sides had negotiated "one of the best contracts in the country."
Andres Alonso, the new chief executive officer of the city schools, said in the same statement that the memorandum of understanding "demonstrates our confidence in the ability of our administrators and supervisors to support our teachers, our parents, and most importantly, the 83,000 students returning to us on August 27th."
The union represents 650 administrators and other supervisors in the school system. Membership includes principals, assistant principals, deans, directors, coordinators, supervisors, specialists, data analysts, pupil personnel workers and area lead coaches.