Should superintendent get a raise?
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston was recently reappointed as chief of the 105,000-student school system, but at least one local legislator is hoping Hairston isn't in line for pay raise.
Republican Del. Pat McDonough, who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, says "these are tough economic times," and it would be irresponsible to give a raise to Hairston, who earns about $260,000 annually. In a recently circulated letter, McDonough asked fellow Baltimore County legislators to support this "hold the line" approach.
No doubt many of the county's 9,000 teachers might favor McDonough's suggestion -- Hairston's recently proposed $1.18 billion operating budget for the coming school year included no raises for teachers.