The following message to union members was posted on Facebook by Randy Cerveny, president of the Harford County Education Association (HCEA), which is the union representing teachers in Harford County Public Schools:
You have ratified the 2012/13 contract by an overwhelming majority of 93%.
The step and a 1% COLA (effective during the next school year) offered by Harford County Public Schools is the direct result of your collective actions.
Our job is not finished. In order to ensure public education is a priority in Harford County, we must guarantee that it is funded as a priority. We must educate the public on the necessity of a quality public school system. This is a large undertaking, but it can and must be done. Your help is needed during the coming school year in this task. The students and Harford County depend on our success.
Randy Cerveny President – HCEA