The following is a detailed analysis of the current Forest Hills Public Schools uni   on contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 690 teachers and enrolls 10,100 students. Of its $103 million operating budget, about 69 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 12 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic 4 to 5 percent pay raises for their first 11 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 2 percent each year.
  • 72 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 78 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $53,262 and $77,019.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Forest Hills in 2008-09 was $64,460.
  • Teachers also get step increases between 2 and 4 percent in their 16th, 20th, 24th and 28th years in the district.

Fringe Benefits

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  • The district's current health insurance family plan for teachers cost $13,506-14,748 per teacher in 2009.
  • Teachers contributed nothing per month to the cost of this premium.
  • The average family premium for a health plan in Michigan cost $11,300 in 2009, with employees contributing 22 percent ($2,500) of those costs.
  • The "Super Care" plan includes $100 deductible for individuals and $200 deductable for families, no office co-pays and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets $41 per month.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life ($35,000) and long-term disability insurance.
  • The district also puts $600 per year into a teacher's tax-sheltered annuity.
  • Any prescription drugs above $400 per year are reimbursed by the district.
  • Reimbursement for unused sick days at retirement:
    • $45 for 128-175 unused sick days.
    • $65 for 176-200 unused sick days.
    • $75 for 200+ unused sick days.

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
  • After 55, subsidized medical, dental and vision insurance for life (employees never contribute more than 18 percent of premiums)
  • Annual starting pension based on 30 years experience in Forest Hills with base salary of $77,019 (final M.A. step): $34,659 (this amount increases by 3 percent every year)

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Auditorium supervisor: $3,448
  • Diversity coordinator: $1,915
  • Volunteer coordinator: $1,532
  • K-6 teacher in charge: $1,149
  • K-12 department chairs: $1,915
  • The district will reimburse up to $160 for required certification or license.
  • Tuition reimbursement for Master's degree: $1,000 per course for up to 4 courses per year
  • Teaching overloads (more than 1.0 FTE): $7,664
  • Class size overloads:
    • Elementary and middle school: $500 or teaching aid per semester.
    • High school: $100 per kid per semester.
  • Inclusion students (special education): $1,150
  • Teaching a telecommunication course: $1,150
  • Summer school: $30/hour
  • Teachers get $19 to $21 per hour for:
    • Adult education
    • Summer curriculum study
  • Subbing for a regular class: $21/hour
  • Travel annual reimbursement between buildings:
    • One building: $1,915.
    • Two or more: $3,831

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 186 days
  • Maximum class size: 23-30, depending on grade level and type of class.
  • Staff meetings:
    • Maximum 2 per month.
    • Not to exceed 60 minutes past end of working day.
  • Duty free lunch period: 35 minutes.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences:
    • Limited to 3 per year
    • Compensatory time of 1/2 day for each evening conference
  • Teaching loads:
    • Middle and high schools: 5 teaching periods per day
    • Elementary: 215 minutes of preparation time per week

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Personal leave: 3 days (can accrue up to 4 days per year)
  • Sick leave allowance: 10 days
    • Unlimited accumulation
  • Family bereavement: 3 days for immediate family and 1 for non-immediate family
  • Paid leave:
    • Critical care leave: 119 days max (costs for substitute deducted from pay)
    • Sabbatical leave up to 1 year ($12,000 salary)
  • Unpaid leave (employees guaranteed job upon returning from leave):
    • Serving as union representative (unlimited)
    • "Special" leave (one year)
    • Child care (one year)
    • Public office (one year)
    • Honorary (one year)
    • Military service (five years)

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation (based on years of experience)




Position



MIN

MAX

Varsity Football



$5,172.93

$6,897.24

Varsity Asst. Football



$3,065.44

$4,214.98

JV Football



$3,640.21

$4,406.57

JV Asst. Football



$3,065.44

$4,214.98

Freshman Football



$3,640.21

$4,406.57

Middle School Skills



$300.00

$300.00

Building Football





Varsity Basketball



$5,172.93

$6,897.24

JV Basketball



$3,640.21

$4,406.57

Freshman Basketball



$3,640.21

$4,406.57

Middle School Basketball



$1,724.31

$2,682.26

Middle School Recreational BB



$450.00

$450.00

Middle School Skills Bldg. BB



$300.00

$300.00

Varsity Wrestling



$4,981.34

$5,939.29

JV/Freshman Wrestling



$2,969.65

$3,927.60

Middle School Wrestling



$1,724.31

$1,724.31

Varsity Hockey



$4,981.34

$5,747.70

Varsity Swimming



$4,981.34

$5,747.70

Assistant Swimming



$2,969.65

$3,736.01

Varsity Diving Coach



$2,969.65

$3,736.01

Middle School Swimming



$1,724.31

$2,490.67

Middle School Asst. Swimming



$1,341.13

$1,724.31

Middle School Diving



$766.36

$1,149.54

Varsity Volleyball



$4,981.34

$5,747.70

JV/Freshman Volleyball



$2,969.65

$3,736.01

Middle School Volleyball



$1,724.31

$2,682.26

Middle School Recreational VB



$450.00

$450.00

Middle School Skills Bldg. VB



$300.00

$300.00

Varsity Gymnastics



$4,981.34

$5,747.70

Assistant Gymnastics



$1,724.31

$2,490.67

Gymnastics Skills



$650.00

$650.00

Varsity Competitive Cheer



$4,981.34

$5,747.70

Sideline Cheer



$2,107.49

$2,873.85

Assistant Cheer



$650.00

$650.00

Varsity Baseball



$4,214.98

$5,172.93

JV Baseball



$2,586.47

$3,544.42

Freshman Baseball



$2,586.47

$3,544.42

Middle Schools Skills Bldg. Baseball



$300.00

$300.00

Varsity Softball



$4,214.98

$5,172.93

JV Softball



$2,586.47

$3,544.42

Freshman Softball



$2,586.47

$3,544.42

Middle School Recreational Baseball



$450.00

$450.00

Varsity Soccer



$4,214.98

$4,981.34

Assistant Soccer



$2,969.65

$3,927.60

Varsity Track



$4,214.98

$5,172.93

Assistant Track



$2,969.65

$3,927.60

Middle School Track



$1,724.31

$2,490.67

Varsity Cross Country



$3,065.44

$4,214.98

Assistant Cross Country



$1,915.90

$2,682.26

Middle School Cross Country



$1,724.31

$2,490.67

Varsity Golf



$3,065.44

$4,214.98

Assistant Golf



$2,299.08

$3,065.44

Varsity Tennis



$3,065.44

$4,214.98

Assistant Tennis



$2,299.08

$3,065.44

Middle School Tennis



$1,724.31

$2,490.67

Middle School Skills Bldg. Tennis



$300.00

$300.00

Varsity Boys'/Girls' Bowling



$3,065.44

$4,214.98

Varsity Skiing



$3,065.44

$4,214.98

Assistant Skiing



$1,915.90

$2,682.26

Varsity Water Polo



$4,214.98

$4,981.34

Assistant Water Polo



$2,299.08

$3,065.44

Varsity Crew



$4,214.98

$4,981.34

Assistant Crew



$2,299.08

$3,065.44

Varsity Lacrosse



$4,214.98

$4,981.34

Assistant Lacrosse



$2,299.08

$3,065.44

Head Pom Pom



$3,065.44

$4,598.16

Middle School Events Coordinator



$5,364.52

$6,130.88

Special Olympics



$957.95

$1,724.31

HS Music Director (Band, Orchestra, Vocal)



$2,490.67

$3,257.03

HS Jazz Director (Band/Vocal)



$1,149.54

$1,149.54

HS Instrumental Solo and Ensemble



$1,149.54

$1,149.54

HS Vocal Solo and Ensemble



$383.18

$383.18

HS Summer Band Camp (On-Site)



$1,532.72

$1,532.72

HS Summer Band Camp (Off-Site)



$2,299.08

$2,299.08

HS Summer Orchestra Camp



$574.77

$574.77

HS Sports Band



$766.36

$766.36

HS Asst. Marching Band (over 100 students)



$574.77

$574.77

Visual Guard (School Year and Band Camp)



$766.36

$766.36

7-8 Music Director (Band, Orchestra, Vocal)



$1,532.72

$1,532.72

7-8 Solo and Ensemble (Band, Orchestra, Vocal)



$766.36

$766.36

8th Grade Jazz Director (Band, Vocal)



$766.36

$766.36

6th Grade Music Director (Band, Orchestra, Vocal)



$1,053.75

$1,053.75

K-5 Music Productions



$1,053.75

$1,053.75

K-4 Music Productions



$1,053.75

$1,053.75

High School Musical Director



$4,214.98

$4,981.34

High School Play Director



$2,586.47

$3,352.83

High School Variety Show Director



$2,586.47

$3,352.83

7-8 Play Director



$1,724.31

$1,724.31

7-8 Variety Show Director



$1,724.31

$1,724.31

Junior Class Variety Show Director



$1,053.75

$1,053.75

9-12 Play/Musical/Variety Show Support Staff



$1,053.75

$1,053.75

7-8 Play/Variety Show Support Staff



$1,053.75

$1,053.75

Debate Coach



$2,107.49

$3,065.44

Forensics Coach



$1,724.31

$2,490.67

Science Olympiad Coach



$1,724.31

$2,490.67

Odyssey of the Mind (2)



$1,724.31

$1,724.31

Mock Trial Election



$1,532.72

$1,532.72

International Model UN



$957.95

$957.95

DECCA



$957.95

$957.95

Social Club (2)



$957.95

$957.95

Diversity Club



$766.36

$766.36

Middle School Math Counts



$700.00

$700.00

5-12 Club Teams (2 per building)



$350.00

$350.00

9-12 Ski Club Advisor



$191.59

$191.59

7-8 Ski Club Advisor (2 if over 150 students)



$1,149.54

$1,149.54

5-6 Ski Advisor



$191.59

$191.59

K-6 Student Council



$574.77

$574.77

7-8 Student Council



$1,341.13

$1,341.13

9-12 Student Council



$1,724.31

$1,724.31

9-12 National Honor Society (99 or less members)



$1,149.54

$1,149.54

9-12 National Honor Society (100 or more members)



$1,532.72

$1,532.72

Freshman Class Sponsor



$957.95

$957.95

Sophomore Class Sponsor



$957.95

$957.95

Junior Class Sponsors (2)



$1,436.93

$1,436.93

Senior Class Sponsors (1.5)



$1,724.31

$1,724.31

9-12 School Yearbook Advisor With Class



$1,341.13

$1,341.13

7-8 School Yearbook Advisor With Class



$574.77

$574.77

K-6 School Yearbook Advisor



$478.98

$478.98

9-12 School Newspaper Advisor With Class



$957.95

$957.95

7-8 School Newspaper Advisor



$574.77

$574.77

K-6 School Newspaper Advisor



$383.18

$383.18

 

 

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