The following is a detailed analysis of the current Farmington Public Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 890 teachers and enrolls 11,900 students. Of its $158 million operating budget (outlined in this 321-page document), 67 percent goes toward paying employees working under this contract.

Table of Contents:
Salary Schedule
Fringe Benefits
Pension and Retirement Benefits
Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification
Leave/Sick Time
Work Schedule/Environment
Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

Salary Schedule

  • Base salaries are determined strictly by "steps," which use a matrix of years experience and graduate credit hours and degrees.
  • There are 11 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic pay raises for their first 11 years in the district.
  • Most of these pay raises are between 4 and 6 percent, except the last "step" which is worth an automatic 23 percent pay hike.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 1 percent each year.
  • Teachers also receive annual longevity payments: $500 for each year between 15 and 19, $750 for 20 through 24, and $1000 for more than 25 years.
  • 74 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 73 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $56,799 and $88,303.
  • TheMichigan Department of Educationreported the average teacher salary in Farmington in 2007-08 was $71,264.

Fringe Benefits

  • In 2008, Farmington spent $13.8 million on health insurance for instructional employees, or about $1,162 per pupil.
  • The district uses a self-funded insurance plan and teacher have 4 options:
    • Farmington Health Plan 1: $250/$500 deductible, $5/$30 RX, $25/$50/$75 monthly employee premium (depending on plan type)
    • Farmington Health Plan 2: $100/$200 deductible, $5/$20 RX, district pays $250/$500 of co-pay maximums (50%)
    • HMO: $5/$10 RX, $10 office copay, $50 emergency room
    • Opt out of medical insurance: $500 annually payment with $5/$20 RX coverage
  • All fulltime teachers also receive long-term disability, dental, vision and life insurance ($50,000).

Pension and Retirement Benefits

  • As a severance package, teachers receive either $4,000 or $175 per year of public school employee, whichever is greater.
  • Teachers also get an additional $250 or $500 for announcing their retirement by a certain date.
  • Every teacher participates in the state-run Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System, a defined-benefit lifetime pension system.
  • Pension calculation: highest 3-year average compensation X 1.5 percent X years of service
  • Retirement eligibility: 30 years of service at age 46 or 15 years of service at age 55
  • Teacher contribution: 5.4 percent of salary
  • After 55, subsidized medical, dental and vision insurance for life (employees never contribute more than 18 percent of premiums)
  • Annual pension based on 30 years experience in Farmington Public Schools with base salary of $88,303 (final M.A. step): $39,736.35

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification: $1,500 annually
  • Hourly pay rate = salary/work days/7.25 hours (or 7.5 in elementary)
    • Example: For a teacher making the average salary ($71,264), this equates to $52.86/hr
    • Any work in the school building beyond normal school hours receives hourly salary rate as does any work done in the summer.
  • $0.35 per mile all required driving of personal automobiles
  • Summer school: $28.26/hr
  • Drivers education: $28.26/hr
  • Teachers acting as temporary substitutes: $28.26/hr
  • Cafeteria supervision: $28.26/hr
  • Sporting event ticket taker: $30.05/hr
  • Sporting even official: $30.05/hr
  • Saturday testing program: $24.58/hr
  • After school and Saturday detention: $24.58/hr
  • Outdoor education: $118.58/hr
  • Other extra duties at $24.30/hr:
    • School dance supervision
    • Grade or class parties
    • Athletic events or programs
    • Dramatic productions
    • Student fairs
    • Club meetings and field trips
    • Commencement exercises
    • Bus supervision
    • Emergencies
  • Department Chairpersons: (47 different positions): Chairs: $200-$2,607 (depends on size of department)
  • Travel between schools during lunch/conference periods: 1/24th of salary ($2,969 annually based on average teacher salary)
  • Conferences and conventions allotment: $80 (pooled fund from which teachers can draw a per capita amount)
  • Other special assignments: $470-$900 (based on experience)
    • Special education assignments
    • Reading specialists
    • Art consultants
    • Music consultants
  • Vocationally certified teachers: $100 stipend, $2 per student enrolled in course

Leave/Sick Time

  • Local union president: Year-long leave from all classroom duties with full pay and benefits (unlimited number of extensions)
  • Sabbatical: 1 year, 50 percent pay and full benefits
  • 12 sick leave days per year may be used for the following:
    • Personal illness
    • Immediate family illness
    • Maternity disability
    • Religious holidays
    • Funerals
  • 3 personal business leave days per year
  • MEA/NEA officer: No maximum leave time, may be compensated by district (seniority accrues)
  • 1 year leaves without pay or benefits (but seniority accrues):
    • Maternity
    • Child rearing
    • Adoption/Guardian
    • Elective public office
    • Peace Corps and Vista
    • Voluntary layoff
  • Health: If physician recommended, 4 year maximum (seniority accrues for 3 of those years)

Work Schedule/Environment

  • 186 contractual work days per year
  • Regular working day: 7 hours, 15 minutes (elementary: 7 hours, 30 minutes)
  • Total annual work hours: 1,349 (elementary: 1,395)
  • U.S. average hours per work year: 1,792
  • Pay for excessive class size in elementary:: $1,485-$1,543 per student over limit annually
  • Duty-free lunch period: 1 hour (elementary), 30 minutes (middle/high school)
  • Preparation/conference time per week: minimum of 200 minutes per week
    • Teachers may have time deferred and rolled over from year to year
  • Each school must be equipped with a staff lunchroom, lounge, restrooms, private telephone facilities and vending machines.
  • Teachers may not drive school buses.
  • Pay for excessive class size in secondary: $100 per student over limit
  • Pay for excessive student contacts per day (averaging more than 30 per period): $100 per student contact

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

  • High school athletic coordinators: $6,016-$11,071
  • Coaching (based on experience)
    • All coaches receive a 10 percent "loyalty stipend" after accumulated 15 years experience
    • Head football, boys basketball and hockey coaches: $4,252-$7,824
      • Assistants: $2,727-$6,421
    • Head girls basketball: $4,211-$7,750
      • Assistants: $3,169-$6,274
    • Head wrestling: $4,051-$7,455
      • Assistants: $3,241-$5,956
    • Head track: $3,891-$7,159
      • Assistants: $3,113-$5,727
    • Head gymnastics: $3,810-$7,012
      • Assistants: $3,048-$5,610
    • Head swimming: $3,730-$6,864
    • Head volleyball: $3,650-$6,717
      • Assistants: $2,928-$5,388
    • Head baseball and softball: $3,570-$6,569
      • Assistants: $2,848-$5,388
    • Head lacrosse and soccer: $3,489-$6,421
      • Assistants: $2,768-$5,388
    • Head tennis, cross country and competitive cheerleading: $3,088-$5,683
      • Assistants: $2,366-$4,502
    • Head golf: $3,008-$5,536
      • Assistants: $2,447-$4,502
    • Head sideline cheerleading: $2,527-$4,650
      • Assistants: $2,126-$3,912
    • M.S. basketball: $2,687-$4,945
      • Assistants: $2,510-$3,956
    • M.S. cross country: $1,885-$3,469
      • Assistants: $1,508-$2,775
    • M.S. football and track: $2,366-$4,355
      • Assistants: $1,893-$3,484
    • M.S. volleyball and wrestling: $2,206-$4,059
      • Assistants: $1,765-$3,247
    • Special Olympics head coach: $3,008-$5,536
      • Assistants: $1,504-$2,768
  • Music and Fine Arts
    • Auditorium: $8,202-$14,762
    • H.S. musical: $7,220-$13,285
    • H.S. instrumental music: $4,011-$7,381
    • H.S. dance: $3,730-$6,864
    • H.S. drama (per play): $3,730-$6,864
    • H.S. musical auxiliary support: $3,610-$6,643
    • H.S. marching band: $3,489-$6,421
    • H.S. vocal music: $3,209-$5,905
    • M.S. musical: $3,209-$5,905
    • H.S. marching band assistant: $2,607-$4,798
    • M.S. band: $2,539-$4,672
    • M.S. orchestra: $2,539-$4,672
    • M.S. drama (per play): $2,246-$4,178
    • M.S. vocal: $2,138-$3,934
    • Elem. Instrumental music: $2,005-$3,690
    • Elem. Vocal music: $1,067-$1,963
    • M.S. musical auxiliary support: $802-$1,476
  • Miscellaneous
    • Forensics: $3,072-$5,654
    • RAGE: $2,940-$5,410
    • Student council: $2,671-$4,916
    • Poms: $2,539-$4,672
    • Debate: $2,246-$4,178
    • FUPE: $2,246-$4,178
    • M.S. student council: $2,138-$3,934
    • M.S. yearbook: $2,138-$3,934
    • DECA: $2,005-$3,690
    • Yearbook: $1,604-$2,952
    • Peer mediation coach: $1,604-$2,952
    • Intramurals: $1,468-$2,701
    • Quiz Bowl: $1,468-$2,701
    • National Honor Society: $1,324-$2,436
    • Model U.N.: $1,203-$2,214
    • SADD: $1,203-$2,214
    • Senior class advisor: $1,203-$2,214
    • Interact: $1,203-$2,214
    • M.S. intramurals: $1,083-$1,993
    • Paper: $1,067-$1,963
    • Publication: $1,067-$1,963
    • M.S. forensics: $1,067-$1,963
    • Junior National Honor Society: $1,067-$1,963
    • Service squad: $802-$1,476
    • Safety patrol: $802-$1,476
    • Elem. Student council: $802-$1,476
    • Clubs (teachers may hold multiple positions): $521-$960
    • Community service coordinator: $521-$960
    • Science Olympics: $521-$960
    • Freshman class advisor: $521-$960
    • Sophomore class advisor: $521-$960
    • Junior class advisor: $521-$960