From Laura O’Leary:
Dear County Executive Craig,
I have been teaching in Harford County for the past 14 years. When I came to Harford County from Cecil County, I took a pay cut – I came in a step down from my actual years in. The next year, teachers were not given their step increase. When I look at the published pay scale I realize that I am getting paid a lot less than my time in reflects.
I came back to Harford County to raise a family. I knew as a Harford County graduate that my children would get a high quality education. I did! Now I worry that Harford County’s low pay, lower than actually published, will make it difficult to attract high quality applicants. Wonderful young teachers both where I teach and at my children’s schools are leaving to go to better paying counties or over the border to Pennsylvania. It is a shame to see them go, but I can’t blame them. Both my husband and I teach in Harford County and we are bringing home less this year than we did 5 years ago because of a lack of raises, increases in health care costs and a fall off the fiscal cliff. Please compensate teachers for the worthwhile job they do!