Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - June 16, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland
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worth of money-saving coupons in todays paperVote on school employee raises this week
‘We’re losing top talent to other counties’
By TIM PRATT [email protected]
Employees in Anne Arundel County public schools have been counting on step increases for four years.
In the past, the annual hikes on the pay scale meant another few hundred — or even a few thousand — dollars a year, depending on longevity.
But the increases haven’t been flinded
since 2009, despite being included in employees’ negotiated agreements.
That could change Wednesday, when the county school board votes on new negotiated agreements and terms of employment for roughly 10,000 employees, including salary step increases and cost-of-living adjustments.
The step increases would take effect early next year. Separately, cost-of-living adjustments — ranging from 1 percent to 2 percent of employees’ salaries, depending on position — would go into effect next month.
Combined, the changes could cost the school system upward of $15 million during fiscal 2014, one union official estimated. The school system’s proposed operating budget.
totaling about $982 million, has $16.5 million built into it for compensation increases.
“The money is definitely there,” school board President Andrew Pruski said, though he declined to comment further, citing the ongoing negotiations with the system’s four employee bargaining units.
The school board is scheduled to vote on its proposed 2013-2014 budget Wednesday. Then it will vote on the negotiated agreements and terms of employment for its workers. Previous terms and agreements expire at
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The House of Delegates chamber was decorated Friday to resemble the U.S. Senate for the Netflix series “House of Cards.” Scenes for the show will be filmed Monday and Tuesday at the State House.
Film crew transforms State House
‘House of Cards’ comes to Annapolis on Monday, Tuesday
By TIM PRUDENTE [email protected]
Summer starts this week, but Randall Fisher has pulled out his overcoat, scarf and gloves.
The Annapolis attorney will wear a dark suit, perhaps a winter hat, and hope for air conditioning when he arrives at the State House on Monday for his film debut.
Some Annapolis residents, including Fisher, will appear as extras in a winter scene to be filmed Monday and Tuesday for the Netflix series “House of Cards,” a saga of Washington double-dealing that stars Kevin Spacey.
Crews worked Friday to transform the Maryland House of Delegates chamber into the U.S. Senate chamber, hanging dark curtains and 10-foot panels of blue and gold, and putting up fake marble.
(See FILMING, Page A6)
Workers transform the chamber Into the U.S. Senate. More than 160 cast and crew will film at the State House.
the end of the month.
The new agreements, with varying step increases and cost-of-living adjustments, would be welcome for many struggling workers, said BiU Jones, executive director of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County. He is looking cautiously toward Wednesday’s vote.
“We will see it as a step in the right direction when we see it get five (of the nine) votes,” he said.
(See SCHOOLS, Page A15)
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On Father’s Day, daujihters recall dad’s best advice
By TIM PRUDENTE [email protected]
An Annapolis woman wishes she enjoyed beer. A daughter in Crofton realizes she shouldn’t have married young. And a Pasadena stepdaughter regrets her wild youth. These Anne Arundel County women belatedly learned the value of a father’s advice.
Dads may know best, but daughters — well, they don’t always listen.
“Would you like a beer?” asks Ellen 'Troutman.
She pulls from the refrigerator a six-pack of Yuengling that hasn’t been touched in weeks. It’s for guests, really. The 85-year-old never sips the stuff, can’t get it past her nose.
But she finds few takers at the Ginger Cove retirement community in Annapolis.
“They’re a sober lot,” she said, laughing. “Maybe old people don’t drink.”
At least, not like they did in the Pennsylvania coal mining town where she was raised — the type of town with more bars than streetlights, where a father offered this sage advice:
“Leam to drink beer. It is cheap and the boys will buy it for you.”
Troutman repeats it now and howls with delight.
“Dad could always find the humor,” she said.
(See DADS, Page Al)
By Tim Prudente, Staff
Ellen Troutman offers a beer within her home at the Ginger Cove retirement community in Annapolis. The 85-year-old says her father’s advice was to drink beer because “the boys will buy it for you.”
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