The following is a detailed analysis of the current Wayne-Westland Community Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 830 teachers and enrolls 13,100 students. Of its $111 million operating budget, about 75 percent goes toward paying employees working under this contract.

Salary Schedule

  • Base salaries are determined strictly by "steps," which use a matrix of years experience and graduate credit hours and degrees.
  • There are 13 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic pay raises of between 6 and 7 percent for their first 13 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 1.5 percent each year so every teacher gets a 1.5 percent raise automatically.
  • 55 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 77 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the majority of teachers' base salary is between $52,540 and $79,688.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Wayne-Westland in 2008-09 was $62,582.

Fringe Benefits

  • For the vast majority of teachers, the district paid between $13,079 and $16,635 annually in 2008-2009 per teacher for MESSA health insurance premiums.
  • Most teachers contribute $40 per month to the cost of the premium, unless they "buy-up" to a higher priced health insurance plan.
  • The average family premium for a medical plan in Michigan cost $11,300 in 2009, with employees contributing 22 percent ($2,500) of those costs.
  • Most common health insurance plans:
  • MESSA Super Care I ($16,635 annual premium): $100/$200 deductible, $10/$20 RX co-pay.
  • MESSA Choices I ($13,079-$15,009 annual premiums): $200/$400 deductible, $10/$20 Rx co-pay and $10 office co-pay.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers (regardless of what medical insurance plan they choose) a $50,000 life insurance policy, long-term disability, vision and dental insurance.
  • Teachers choosing not to enroll in one of the district's health insurance plans are paid $60 per month.

Pension and Retirement Benefits

  • 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 Wayne-Westland with base salary of $79,688 (final M.A. step): $35,859.60 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Certain vocational teachers get $400 annually
  • Department heads:
    • 19 for high schools and middle schools: $3,198-$3,909
    • 9 for student services: $1,421-$2,843
    • 3 for Career/Technical Center: $2,843
    • 12 for "Instruction and Planning": $2,843
  • 6th grade liaisons: $3,198
  • $500 available for extra duties at each elementary school as determined by the "Site-based Decision-making Committee"
  • Allocations for NCA-related activities:
    • Elementary buildings: $3,000
    • Middle schools: $4,000
    • High schools: $5,000
    • Alternative schools: $2,000
  • Curriculum Council member: $30 per meeting (6-10 meetings per year))
  • District provides a $27,500 fund for teachers to use for attending conferences
  • Summer programs: 85% of daily pay rate plus two additional sick days (based on average teacher salary: $294 per day)

Work Schedule/Environment

  • 181 contractual work days
  • Work day: 6 hours, 20 minutes
  • Teaching loads:
    • High school: 25 instructional hours per week, 5 preparation hours
    • Middle school: 1,625 instructional minutes per week
    • Elementary: Maximum of 27 hours of pupil contact time with 5 fifty-minute planning periods per week
  • Guaranteed noninstructional days:
    • Elementary:
      • 5 half days for preparation and planning
      • 3 half days for records
      • 8 half days for professional development
    • Middle school:
      • 2 half days for preparation and planning
      • 7 half day for records
      • 8 half days for professional development
    • High school:
      • 2 half days for preparation and planning
      • 6 half days for record
      • 8 half days for professional development
  • 30-minute duty free lunch
  • Teachers traveling between 2 schools during lunch or preparation period will receive $711 annually. Another $711 can be gained if the teacher travels between 3 buildings.
  • Maximum class sizes:
    • Elementary:
      • Grades 1-3: 23 students
      • Grade 4: 25 students
      • Grade 5: 27 students
      • Teachers get $5 per day for the first kid over the limit and $10 per day per kid up to a maximum of 4. Then the district must place an aide in the classroom.
    • Middle school: 33 students
      • Teachers with overloads get $2 per kid, per hour, per day.
    • High school: 34 students
      • Teacher with overloads get $2 per kid, per hour, per day.
  • No more than one required meeting per week may be scheduled (limited to 1 hour)

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Sick leave days: 10 per year (accumulate without limit)
  • Bereavement days: 2 per year (no accumulation)
  • Personal leave days: 3 per year (accumulated with sick leave days)
    • May not be used for opening day of firearm deer season
  • Teachers are paid $30 per unused sick leave day upon retirement from the district.
  • Extended unpaid leaves:
    • Parental: birth/adoption of child (1 year)
    • General Purpose: Board's discretion (1 year)
    • MEA/NEA officer (unlimited)
  • Union leave time: 110 days for union business per year

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

  • High school athletics (pay based on experience):
    • Football:
      • Varsity head coach: $4,442-$6,301
      • Assistants/JV: $2,665-$4,789
      • 9th grade head coach and assistants: $2,132-$4,032
    • Basketball, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball and wrestling:
      • Head coach: $3,553-$5,041
      • Assistants/JV: $2,132-$4,285
      • 9th grade and assistants: $2,132-$3,259
    • Baseball, soccer, softball and track:
      • Head coach: $ 2,843-$4,033
      • Assistants/JV: $2,132-$3,025
    • Cross country:
      • Head coach: $2,488-$3,529
    • Bowling, golf, tennis and competitive cheerleading:
      • Head coach: $2,132-$3,025\
      • Assistants: $1,421-$2,016
    • Other:
      • Assistant athletic coordinator: $2,843
      • Sideline cheerleading: $1,066-$1,512
      • Assistant sideline cheerleading: $711-$1,008
      • 9th grade cheerleading: $711-$1,008
  • Middle school athletics (pay based on experience):
    • Football:
      • Head coach: $2,488-$3,529
      • Assistants/JV: $1,777-$2,521
    • Basketball and wrestling:
      • Head coach: $2,132-$3,024
      • Assistants/JV: $1,777-$2,647
    • Baseball and softball:
      • Head coach: $1,866-$2,647
      • Assistants/JV: $1,599-$2,269
    • Gymnastics, soccer, swimming, track and volleyball:
      • Head coach: $1,777-$2,521
      • Assistants/JV: $1,599-$2,269
    • Other:
      • Athletics director: $3,554
      • Cheerleading: $1,954-$2,773
  • District-wide Extracurricular
    • ECOS Director: $3,198-$4,537
    • Disabled Sports Chairperson: $2,665-$3,781
    • Special Olympics Coordinator: $2,310-$3,277
    • Camping Program Director: $2,132-$3,025
    • Nature Center Director: $2,132-$3,025
    • Mentor Teacher: $1,777-$2,521
  • High school extracurricular:
    • Marching band: $3,731-$5,293
    • Vocal music programs: $3,554-$5,041
    • Planetarium: $3,198-$4,537
    • Newspaper: $2,843-$4,033
    • Debate: $2,665-$3,781
    • Weightlifting: $2,665-$3,781
    • Yearbook: $2,488-$3,529
    • Musical/Operetta: $2,310-$3,277
    • Band Assistant: $2,132-$3,025
    • Forensics: $1,954-$2,773
    • Instrumental Programs: $1,777-$2,521
    • Dance Director: $1,421-$2,016
    • Photographer: $1,421-$2,016
    • STEP Sponsor: $1,421-$2,016
    • Wardrobe Manager: $1,421-$2,016
    • Dramatics: $1,244-$1,764 (per production)
    • Quiz Bowl Sponsor (Varsity): $1,244- $1,764
    • Set and Stage Manager: $1,244- $1,764
    • VICA Coordinator: $1,066- $1,512
    • Summer Band Camp: $888- $1,260
    • Marching Band Guard: $888-$1,260
    • Quiz Bowl Sponsor (JV): $711- $1,008
    • HOSA Coordinator: $711-$ $1,008
    • Robotics: $711- $1,008
    • Cafeteria Supervisor: $2,274
    • School Technology Leader: $2,843
    • Freshman Class Sponsor: $1,244
    • Intramurals: $3,598
    • Junior Class Sponsor: $1,398
    • Pit Orchestra Director: $711
    • Chorus Director: $711
    • Choreographer: $711
    • National Honor Society: $1,066
    • Senior Class Sponsor: $1,570
    • Sophomore Class Sponsor: $1,244
    • Future Teachers Club: $711
    • Ford Tech Honor Society: $1,066
    • HS Fitness Center Supervisor: $2,665
  • Middle school extracurricular:
    • Intramurals: $3,174
    • School Technology Leader: $2,310
    • Music/Operetta: $2,310- $3,277
    • Cafeteria Supervisor: $2,274
    • Instrumental Programs: $1,777- $2,521
    • Vocal Music Programs: $1,777- $2,521
    • Newspaper: $1,599-$2,269
    • All-City Band: $1,510-$2,142
    • All-City Orchestra: $1,510-$2,142
    • Yearbook: $1,4210-$2,016
    • Dramatics: $1,244-$1,764 (per production)
    • Forensics: $1,244-$1,764
    • Set and Stage Manager: $1,244-$1,764
    • Wardrobe Manager: $1,244-$1,764
    • Dance: $1,066-$1,512
    • Golf Club Sponsor: $1,000
    • Bowling Sponsor: $1,000
    • 6th Grade Intramural Basketball: $1,000
    • 6th Grade Intramural Soccer: $1,000
    • 6th Grade Intramural Track: $1,000
    • 6th Grade Intramural Volleyball: $1,000
    • 6th Grade Intramural Wrestling: $1,000
    • National Honor Society: $711
    • Photographer: $711-$1,008
    • Quiz Bowl Sponsor: $711-$1,008
    • Student Council: $711
  • Elementary extracurricular:
    • All-City Band: $1,510-$2,142
    • All-City Chorus: $1,510-$2,142
    • All-City Orchestra: $1,510-$2,142
    • School Technology Leader: $1,777
    • Emergency Duty Medication/Lunch Supervisor: $711
    • Newspaper: $711-$1,008
    • Safety Patrol Sponsor: $2,539
    • Service Squad Sponsor: $2,539
    • Student Council: $711-$1,008