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Board of Education Town Hall
The Board of Education on Feb. 27 held a town hall for support staff. About 20 employees participated in the discussion. The following are the top issues presented at the Support Staff Town Hall as summarized by John Groat, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Board Chairman Michael Lukas at the end of the meeting.
Top issues (noted in bold type) at the Support Staff Town Hall include:
Lack of COLA for support staff - Many long-time staff members have not had a raise since 2009 since they are ineligible for STEP and Scale increases, and they have not received a COLA.
Pay scale – Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has the lowest pay scale for classified staff in the state.
Sick leave – Support staff went from 3.4 hours of sick leave per pay to 2.8 hours per pay period.
Substitute program – Staff voiced numerous complaints about media center, special education and kindergarten instructional assistants (IAs) constantly being pulled to substitute as teachers in classrooms. They are not paid a teacher’s salary and their work piles up when they are filling in regularly in other areas.
Secretarial – Elementary schools need a third secretary in the office. The work is too much for two people. The daily distractions of answering the phone, opening the door, and parent and student issues keep secretaries from being able to keep up with registrations and other daily work.
Food service – Many food service personnel are required to perform the duties of financial secretaries but don’t receive the same pay as financial secretaries. Please check on the disparity of pay between financial secretaries and food service personnel who are required to do accounting work.
Classes and reimbursement – Some employees indicated they are not getting reimbursed for required training and not eligible for tuition reimbursement because they take non-credit courses. Additionally, some people receive repayment for classes and tests while others do not.
Recruitment — Where does CCPS recruit? Why are there so few minority employees and teachers?