Board of Education and Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) leaders signed a contract at yesterday evening’s Board meeting that takes effect July 1, 2017. The contract, which is a three-year agreement, implements the second of a four-year transition to a revised salary scale agreed upon last year, maintains insurance premium levels, and includes other updates and improvements for teachers.
One goal of the revised teacher pay scale has been to raise salaries for starting teachers, making FCPS more competitive with neighboring districts and boosting the school system’s efforts to recruit the most qualified new teachers for the county’s classrooms. Additional salary lanes agreed to last year recognize professional growth, and improvements in the structure of the scale are to help retain the county’s valued experienced teachers. The revised scale provides more reliable, sustainable pay increases to teachers over the long term, while the specific amounts of increases vary depending on where individual teachers fall on the new pay scale.
“This agreement supports the Board of Education’s strategic goal to recruit and retain outstanding educators,” says Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. “It takes us a second year closer to achieving a more sustainable, more competitive salary scale for teachers, continuing the strategic path we began last year.”
FCTA President Melissa Dirks adds, “I’m proud of the work that FCTA and the Board of Education negotiations teams did this year to get to a contract settlement. This negotiated agreement, which will be in place for the next three years, will help sustain great teaching and learning in Frederick County. FCTA thanks the Board of Education for continued commitment to the four-year salary transition plan. Year two is the first appreciable step to making our salaries competitive in the region again. We look forward to our continued partnership in order to retain our amazing and dedicated educators and recruit the best and the brightest.”
Frederick County Board of Education President Brad Young notes that “the salary scale we are continuing to implement better serves our teachers, our students, and our school system. We are committed to continuing the important work of making sure we attract and retain the very best teachers in our classrooms. Our students and families deserve no less. This is another step in that direction.”