The agreement, ratified Thursday, includes a 1.1 percent cost-of-living adjustment in fiscal 2015 salaries plus $105 for increased insurance costs, additional middle school planning time and hourly leave for teachers. There will be no step increase for the coming school year.
“We’re not in love with this contract, but it gives us an opportunity to keep working,” Brennan said.
The agreement retroactively began July 1, when the previous contract expired, and runs through June 30, 2017.
“Part of the problem was we didn’t finalize the contract until the school year was over, so we had to mail it to people, and they had to mail it back,” Brennan said. “I don’t think it’s a vote of huge confidence in the contract … especially the salary piece.”
Brennan called the contract a placeholder, making way for negotiations to come.
Elementary teacher planning time will be considered this school year, for changes to be implemented in 2015-16.
Salary and benefit discussions will also be on the table each year, and FCTA will settle on a new pay scale with the Frederick County Board of Education that would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
Progress on salary issues will depend on decisions made at the county level.
“We’re hoping there’s a county government that does value education,” Brennan said.
The negotiated agreement covers more than 2,750 Frederick County Public Schools teachers, school counselors, media specialists, therapists, social workers and athletic directors.