Finding and keeping good teachers will be crucial to Washington County in the coming years, school officials told state lawmakers on Tuesday.
But the board won't be able to do that without raising teacher salaries, said Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr.
The Washington County Board of Education met Tuesday with four members of the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.
A good portion of the county's 1,400 teachers will be eligible for retirement in the next five years, Bartlett told them.
Replacements are difficult to find because there is a shortage of certified teachers, he said.
"The pressure is going to be on this Board of Education to raise teacher salaries. When you're in a competitive environment, you don't want to end up with the proverbial bottom of the barrel."