School board meeting union reps because of funding squeeze

June 01, 1997


Staff Writer

Concerned about the impact of funding on employee salaries, the Washington County Board of Education will meet in a closed session on Monday night with union representatives, officials said.

"The seriousness of the financial plight that the board is facing is unprecedented," said William Greenwald, president of the Washington County Teachers Association.

The Washington County Commissioners have decided to fund $49.1 million of the school board's $53.3 million operating budget request.

The commissioners promised another $750,000 for one-time expenses and $1.3 million more for technology purchases.

"All parties recognize that negotiations will be compromised as a result of the commissioners' funding level for the operating budget and the commissioners' restrictions on how funds can be used," Board of Education officials said in a prepared statement.


Greenwald said the teachers union's three-year contract with the board expires July 1. Negotiations for a new contract include salary and benefits, he said.

School board officials also are negotiating new salaries with the Washington County Educational Classified Employees Association and Unit 2, which includes administrators and supervisors, said Human Resources Director Linda Barkdoll.

The board's contract with the classified employees union is in the second of three years, but is open to salary changes for the third year, Barkdoll said. The union includes secretaries, custodians, technicians, food service workers and instructional assistants.

Monday's 6:30 p.m. meeting is unprecedented, Greenwald said. Representatives of the three employee groups have never met together in closed session before with the school board.

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