A one-year contract that would provide Prince George's County public school teachers with a 6.3 per cent raise next year tentatively has been agreed upon by negotiators for the county's Board of Education and the teachers association.
The pact still must be ratified by the 7,900-member Prince George's County Educators Association and approved by the school board before taking effect next July 1.
School Supt. Edward J. Feeney said the proposed contract would cost the county $10.1 million and raise the total school budget for next year to $265.7 million, up 8.3 per cent from last year. He called the contract "fair and reasonable."
County Executive Winfield M. Kelly Jr., who along with the County Council sets the tax rate that provides funds for the school budget, said he found the 6.3 per cent raise for school teachers "equitable on the surface." He said he did not anticipate the wrangling between his administration, the school board and the teachers that dominated the school budget proceedings two years ago.
Under the proposed contract, the starting salary for a county school teacher would jump from $10,251 to $10,897. For a teacher with 10 years' experience, the salary would go from $17,222 to $18,307.
The proposed contract also features, for the first time, dental and optical care plans for the shcool employees. The dental plan was agreed to in negotiations three years ago but was not funded.
In addition, the proposed contract would allow a school employee to draw sick leave from a "bank" or pool of sick leave when that employee's personal sick leave has been exhausted.