The following is a detailed analysis of the current Harbor Beach Community Schools union contract (located in two parts, here and here) that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 30 teachers and enrolls 580 students. Of its $5 million operating budget, about 63 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 11 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic 2 percent pay raises for their first 10 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 1.5 percent each year.
  • 90 percent of teachers have have more than 5 years experience and 81 percent have Bachelor's degrees, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $41,059 and $60,539.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Cadillac in 2008-09 was $58,229.
  • Longevity payments (actual amounts based on number of college credits earned):
    • 12-14 years: 1.5 percent bonus ($602-$677)
    • 15-19 years: 2 percent bonus ($803-$902)
    • 20-24 years: 3 percent bonus ($1,205-$1,353)
    • 25 or more years: 5.5 percent bonus ($2,209-$2,481)

Fringe Benefits

  • The district's current health insurance plan for teachers cost $16,734 per teacher for a family plan.
  • Teachers contribute nothing per month to the cost of this premium.
  • The average family premium for a health plan in Michigan cost 27 percent less ($13,160) in 2009, with employees contributing 21 percent ($2,800) of those costs.
  • The MESSA "Choices II" for teachers includes $100/$200 annual deductibles, co-pays of $5 for an office visit, $10 for urgent care and $25 for the emergency room and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • The district also provides all teachers (with no cost to them) dental, vision, life ($45,000) and long-term disability ($45,000) insurance. These cost the district another $2,220 per family plan.
  • The total overall package the district pays for a family plan per teacher is $19,761.84.

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 pension based on 30 years experience in Harbor Beach with base salary of $60,539 (final B.A. step): $27,243 (for most employees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year).

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Substituting during preparation period: 20 percent of per diem substitute rate
  • Extra teaching duties beyond contractual day: $45 per hour
  • Drivers education, adult education and summer school: $27.27 per hour
  • Mentor teacher: $900
  • Annual advisor: $3,356.64

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 185 days (180 days of student instruction)
  • Work day: 7 hours, 20 minutes
  • Duty-free lunch period: 30 minutes
  • Maximum of two 45-minute faculty meetings per month
  • Preparation periods:
    • Elementary: 150 minutes per week
    • Middle and high school: one preparation period
  • Maximum class sizes:
    • K-1st grade: 20
    • 2nd-3rd grade: 25
    • 4th-6th grade: 28
    • Secondary: 28

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Sick days: 10 days
    • Maximum accumulation: 100 days
  • Employees are paid $55 per unused sick day once they've accumulated 100 days.
  • Personal business days: 2 days
  • Bereavement:
    • Immediate family: 5 days
    • Non-immediate family: 2 days
  • Union representatives get 10 paid leave days per year (but must pay for substitutes)
  • Conventions, education meetings and other professional meetings: 3 days with pay
    • All expenses paid for by the district ($50 per night maximum for lodging)
  • Unpaid leaves:
    • Maternity
    • Child care
    • Personal illness (one year)
    • Serving as officer of the United Professional Association
    • Military service
    • Advanced study (one year)

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation:

Athletics:

Position

Minimum Stipend

Maximum Stipend

Football

 $                 3,986.01

 $                  4,486.01

Girls' Baketball

 $                 3,986.01

 $                  4,486.01

Boys' Basketball

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Asst. Football

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Girls' JV Basketball

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Boys' JV Basketball

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Girls' Track

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Boys' Track

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

JV Football

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Baseball

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Softball

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Cross Country

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Volleyball

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Golf

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Wrestling

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Tennis

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Soccer

 $                 2,979.02

 $                  3,479.02

Asst. JV Football

 $                 2,811.19

 $                  3,311.19

Freshman Basketball (Boys)

 $                 2,811.19

 $                  3,311.19

Freshman Basketball (Girls)

 $                 2,811.19

 $                  3,311.19

JV Volleyball

 $                 2,811.19

 $                  3,311.19

Asst. Track (Boys)

 $                 2,811.19

 $                  3,311.19

Asst. Track (Girls)

 $                 2,811.19

 $                  3,311.19

7th Grade Basketball (Boys)

 $                 1,720.28

 $                  2,220.28

7th Grade Basketball (Girls)

 $                 1,720.28

 $                  2,220.28

8th Grade Basketball (Boys)

 $                 1,720.28

 $                  2,220.28

8th Grade Basketball (Girls)

 $                 1,720.28

 $                  2,220.28

Extracurricular:

Position

Stipend

Forensics Coach

 $      1,342.66

Debate Coach

 $      1,342.66

Cheerleading Coach

 $      2,811.19

Secondary Play Director

 $      1,468.53

Secondary Musical Director

 $      1,888.11

Secondary Musical Accompanist

 $          350.00

Director of Bands

 $      3,566.43

FHA

 $      1,678.32

FFA Advisor

 $      3,566.43

Green Field Village

 $          209.79

Safety Patrol

 $          629.37

Mackinaw Island Trip

 $          209.79

7th Grade Camp

 $          209.79

12th Grade Class Chair

 $      1,048.95

11th Grade Class Chair

 $      1,678.32

10th Grade Class Chair

 $      1,048.95

9th Grade Class Chair

 $      1,048.95

Middle School Student Council

 $          734.27

Middle School Student Committee

 $          734.27

National Honor Society

 $          734.27

Journalism (w/ class)

 $          839.16

Journalism (w/o class)

 $      1,552.45

Quiz Bowl

 $      1,258.74

Mock Trial

 $      1,552.45

H.S. Student Council (2)

 $      1,258.74

Elementary Musical Director

 $      1,258.74

Elementary Play Director

 $      1,048.95

Accompanist

 $          300.00