Calvert Board of Ed., Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (June 16, 2010)—The Calvert County Board of Education and the Calvert Education Association today announced that on Monday a tentative agreement was reached on a labor agreement. The Calvert Education Association represents Calvert County public school teachers.

The highlights of the new contract include:

-- A 0.5% salary adjustment for all teachers effective July 1, 2010;

-- A mid-year step increase for all eligible teachers;

-- Salary compression from Step 30 to Step 28;

-- An increase in personal leave days;

-- Enhancements to bereavement leave;

-- An adjustment in what employees pay for individual health insurance plans from 8% to 10% of their health insurance premiums and an adjustment in the drug co-pay to $10 (changes to the plan are closed for the three-year term of the agreement unless both sides agree to renegotiate this article) ;

-- Language that supports pay increases in the extra pay for extra duty pay scale;

-- Employees who experience or have a spouse, child or parent who experiences a medically documented incapacitating or catastrophic illness, injury or quarantine may receive up to 70 transferred sick days each school year; and

-- A commitment to enhance technology in classrooms;

Language was also added to the contract:

-- Providing flexibility for teachers on two-hour early dismissal days for students designated as teacher work time;

-- Specifying the order in which non- tenured, tenured, certified, and conditionally certified teachers are laid-off as the result of budgetary action or curriculum and/or administrative reorganization; and

-- Addressing how non-promotional vacancies are filled.

If ratified by the Calvert Education Association and approved by the Board of Education, most of the articles in the contract will be in effect for three years. Negotiable articles for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 include those addressing salary and other compensation, and each party can select two additional articles for negotiation.

The Calvert Education Association will be holding ratification meetings this week.

If the teachers ratify the contract, the proposed contract will be presented to the Board of Education later this month for consideration and approval.

Source: Calvert County Board of Education and the Calvert Education Association

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