Continuing with his commitment to ensure an excellent education for our children, County Executive Steve Schuh today announced that his FY2017 budget proposal will fully fund step, or merit/incremental, increases for all eligible Anne Arundel County Public Schools employees.
“I am committed to working with our school system to ensure we reward and retain great teachers,” said Schuh. “This proposed increase for all our outstanding teachers and eligible school system employees assures that we can continue providing the best education for every student in our county.”
The proposal includes $15.5 million increase in compensation to fully fund the Board’s requested increases in the FY 2017 budget. The compensation increases for all system employees would begin July 1st, pending negotiations between the Board of Education and its employee bargaining units.
“The County Executive has many different funding priorities,” said Sharon Moesel of Annapolis High School. “I am pleased that he included a step and is committed to addressing the health care concern. As a member of TAAAC, I thank County Executive Schuh for his commitment to our teachers.”
The County is also planning a $10 million, one-time investment to help ensure the school system’s health benefits fund can continue to remain solvent.
The County Executive will formally include the funding agreement in his FY 2017 budget on May 2nd. The proposal is subject to County Council approval.