Teachers OK raise, reject longer hours

May 11, 2008

Anne Arundel County school teachers rejected higher pay in favor of a more manageable workweek by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in a union vote last week.

More than 170 teachers voted on a measure last Wednesday that would have increased their pay by 6 percent but also required them to work 38 1/2 hours a week.

Teachers overwhelmingly defeated the measure amid concerns that the extra pay was not worth the additional workload, said Tim Mennuti, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.

They opted for a 5 percent pay increase instead that would keep their workweek at 37 1/2 hours.

Student wins $20,000 national scholarship

Anne Arundel school board student member Sage T. Snider is one of 50 seniors across the nation to win a $20,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Snider has received several scholarships to help finance her education at Yale University, which she plans to attend this fall. She wants to be an arts advocate.

Severna Park Middle aids cancer society

Severna Park Middle School students and staff raised $19,813.13 for the American Cancer Society this year, the most of any school in the region.

The school's collections from 340 seventh-graders and a corps of parents and teachers was second to that raised by AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company.

STEM students, teachers honored

Twenty-four students and 12 teachers from 14 schools were honored at the second annual STEM Student Excellence Awards last week. The ceremony rewards students and their teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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