The following is a detailed analysis of the current Huron Valley Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 600 teachers and enrolls 10,200 students. Of its $89 million operating budget, about 67 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 4 to 5 percent pay raises for their first 12 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, teachers with more than 15 years experience get a 1 percent raise and those with 20 years get an additional $500 salary boost.
  • 57 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 72 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $48,622 and $76,285.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Huron Valley in 2008-09 was $62,439.

Fringe Benefits

  • The bulk of Huron Valley teachers enroll in the district's medical insurance family that cost $15,564 per teacher in 2008-09.
  • Teachers contribute nothing per month to the cost of this premium.
  • The average family premium for a health plan in Michigan cost $13,160 in 2009, with employees contributing 21 percent ($2,800) of those costs.
  • The most used plan (MESSA Choices) includes $100/$200 annual deductibles, co-pays of $10 for office visit, $25 for urgent care and $50 for the emergency room and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets $3,281 annually.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life ($45,000) and long-term disability insurance (2 years).

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 Huron Valley with base salary of $72,046 (final M.A. step): $32,421 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)
  • Severance pay: Teachers get between 4.5 to 14 percent of their final salary, depending on the number of years they've been employed in the district.
  • Retiring teachers can also cash in a maximum of 80 unused sick days for $40 a piece.

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Mentoring younger teachers: $350 per mentee
  • Drivers education teacher: $21 per hour
  • Summer School: $27.66 per hour
  • Additional teaching duty: $27.66 per hour
  • Curriculum/Staff development: $26.06 per hour
  • High school department heads: $932-$1,632
  • Middle school curriculum coordinator: $288
  • Teaching beyond maximum class load: one-sixth of salary ($10,406, based on average teacher salary)
  • Overnight camp trips
    • 5-day trips: $751
    • 3-day trips: $376

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 185.5 days
    • 178 student instruction days
  • Maximum contractual weekly hours: 35
  • Duty-free lunch period: 30 minutes
  • Daily instructional time:
    • Elementary: 5 hours, 21 minutes
    • Middle and high school: 5 class periods
  • Weekly preparation time:
    • Elementary: 225 minutes
    • Middle and high school: 5 class periods
  • Elementary teachers will not be required to supervise lunch periods.
  • No regularly assigned teacher may be required to substitute for another teacher.
  • Parent-teacher conferences:
    • Teachers receive compensatory time
    • Maximum of 7 hours
  • Teachers will not be responsible for the collection of lunch or milk money.
  • Class size limitations:
    • K: 28
    • 1st Grade: 29
    • 2nd Grade: 30
    • 3rd-5th Grades: 31

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Union president is released full-time from teaching duties to conduct union business.
  • Officers and representatives of union may be granted additional leaves of absence upon the approval of the superintendent.
  • Sick days: 10
    • Religious holiday use: 3 sick days
  • Personal business days: 2 days.
  • Bereavement days: 5
  • Sabbatical leave: One-half pay for one full year
  • Unpaid leave:
    • Maternity
    • Child care
    • Medical
    • Professional
    • Government service
    • Peace Corps
    • Job Corps
    • Exchange teacher program
    • Any other district-approved purpose

 

Extracurricular Activities Compensation (depends on years of experience)

 

Position

Minimum

Maximum

High School Building Athletic Coordinator

 $        5,008

 $        7,011

Varsity Football

 $        4,060

 $        6,009

Varsity Basketball

 $        4,060

 $        6,009

Track

 $        3,045

 $        4,507

Wrestling

 $        3,045

 $        4,507

Baseball

 $        3,045

 $        4,507

Softball

 $        3,045

 $        4,507

Hockey

 $        3,045

 $        4,507

Volleyball

 $        3,045

 $        4,507

Asst. Varsity Football

 $        2,706

 $        4,006

Asst. Varsity Basketball

 $        2,706

 $        4,006

JV Football

 $        2,706

 $        4,006

JV Basketball

 $        2,706

 $        4,006

Ninth Grade Football

 $        2,368

 $        3,505

Ninth Grade Basketball

 $        2,368

 $        3,505

Cross Country

 $        2,368

 $        3,505

Golf

 $        2,368

 $        3,505

Tennis

 $        2,368

 $        3,505

Skiing

 $        2,368

 $        3,505

Soccer

 $        2,368

 $        3,505

Middle School Building Athletic Coordinator

 $        2,199

 $        3,255

Asst. Track

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Asst. Wrestling

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Asst. Baseball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Asst. Softball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Asst. Hockey

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Asst. Volleyball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Ninth Grade Volleyball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Eighth Grade Football

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Eighth Grade Basketball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Seventh Grade Football

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Seventh Grade Basketball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Middle School Baseball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Middle School Softball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Middle School Wrestling

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Middle School Track

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Middle School Volleyball

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Asst. JV Football

 $        1,861

 $        2,754

Asst. JV Basketball

 $        1,861

 $        2,754

Asst. Ninth Grade Football

 $        1,861

 $        2,754

Asst. Ninth Grade Basketball

 $        1,861

 $        2,754

Varsity Cheerleaders (per season)

 $        1,353

 $        2,003

Asst. Eighth Grade Football

 $        1,353

 $        2,003

Asst. Seventh Grade Football

 $        1,353

 $        2,003

Asst. Middle School Baseball

 $        1,353

 $        2,003

Asst. Middle School Softball

 $        1,353

 $        2,003

Asst. Middle School Wrestling

 $        1,353

 $        2,003

Asst. Middle School Track

 $        1,353

 $        2,003

JV Cheerleaders (per season)

 $        1,015

 $        1,502

Ninth Grade Cheerleaders (per season)

 $        1,015

 $        1,502

Middle School Golf

 $        1,015

 $        1,502

Asst. Middle School Volleyball

 $           677

 $        1,002

Eighth Grade Cheerleaders (per season)

 $           677

 $        1,002

Seventh Grade Cheerleaders (per season)

 $           677

 $        1,002




High School Activities



Band

 $        3,383

 $        5,008

Chorus

 $        2,706

 $        4,006

Drama

 $        2,706

 $        4,006

Debate

 $        1,860

 $        1,860

Forensics

 $        1,283

 $        1,283

Yearbook

 $        1,860

 $        1,860

Newspaper

 $        1,471

 $        1,471

Literary magazine

 $           753

 $           753

Senior class advisor

 $        1,616

 $        1,616

Junior class advisor

 $           833

 $           833

Sophomore class advisor

 $           833

 $           833

Freshmen class advisor

 $           833

 $           833

Intramurals

 $        1,138

 $        1,138

Cooperative Education Coordinator

 $           210

 $           210

Social Studies Olympiad

 $        1,602

 $        1,602

Science Olympiad

 $        1,602

 $        1,602




Middle School Activities



Band

 $        2,030

 $        3,005

Chorus

 $        1,015

 $        1,502

Drama

 $           520

 $           520

Newspaper

 $           580

 $           580

Yearbook

 $        1,165

 $        1,165

Literary magazine

 $           455

 $           455

Intramurals

 $        1,138

 $        1,138

Science Olympiad

 $        1,283

 $        1,283

Future Problem Solvers

 $        1,283

 $        1,283

Curriculum Coordinator

 $           288

 $           288

Activities Director

 $        1,138

 $        1,138




Elementary Activities



Science Olympiad Coordinator

 $           906

 $           906

Safety Patrol

 $           417

 $           417

Chorus

 $           480

 $           480

Drama

 $           480

 $           480

Intramurals

 $        1,138

 $        1,138