Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent called upon parents to fight the proposed teacher pension shift, stating that such a move would have a “significant” impact on the county’s quality of education. Superintendent Steve Guthrie sent an email to parents asking them to contact legislators and “demand that they fill their budget gap in ways other than shifting state obligations to local counties” ExploreCarroll.com reports:
“This is a dramatic cost shift to local governments, as the fiscal responsibility for maintaining the state’s pension system has been borne by the state for the last 85 years,” said Guthrie in the Feb. 21 email to parents. “Shifting $7 million in teacher pension costs to Carroll County will have a significant impact on our ability to provide quality education to the students in our school system.
Guthrie said that over the past four years, CCPS has reduced spending by more than $16.5 million, with an additional $2.5 million reduction scheduled for next year.
“During that time, we reduced our workforce by over 100 employees and cut every category of spending,” he said in the letter.
“While the size of our workforce has been reduced and the workload of our employees has correspondingly increased, for the most part, our students have not been impacted by these reductions,” he said. “Sadly, a $7 million reduction in our budget for next year may no longer make this possible.”
Carroll County government has also vocalized their opposition to the shift.