The following is a detailed analysis of the current Plymouth-Canton Community Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 1,080 teachers and enrolls 18,900 students. Of its $147 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 of 11 “steps” on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic 5 to 9 percent pay raises for their first 10 years in the district.
  • 80 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 70 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers’ base salary is between $60,607 and $79,473.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Plymouth-Canton in 2008-09 was $66,644.
  • Teachers also get “longevity” payments as follows:

o   16th – 20th year: $300 annually.

o   21st – 25th year: $550 annually.

o   26th – 30rd year: $800 annually.

o   31st year and more: $1,000 annually.

Fringe Benefits

  • The district pays 100 percent of the health insurance costs of teachers.        .
  • In the private sector in Michigan in 2009, employees paid 21 percent ($2,800) of the costs of a family health insurance plan on average.
  • The district’s plan includes no in-network annual deductibles, $15-$30 co-pays and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • Out of network co-pay annually is $100/$200.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life ($40,000) and long-term disability ($4,500) insurance.

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 Plymouth-Canton with base salary of $79,473 (final M.A. step): $35,763 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)
  • Retirement Allowance: $100 per year of service.
    • Must have at least 10 years with the district.
  • Voluntary retirement compensation: $7,500.
    • Must have at least 10 years with the district.

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Union president is fully released from all teaching duties without loss of compensation.
  • Special activities (based on average salary):
    • Dance/Mixer chaperone:
      • $86.46 per high school event
      • $61.24 per evening middle school event

      • $50.43 per afternoon middle school event

    • Summer camp director: $1,441
    • Summer camp assistant: $958
    • Bus duty: $39.63 per hour
    • Noon duty: $32.42 per hour
    • Driver education:
      • In class: $50.43 per hour
      • In car: $46.83 per hour
  • Substitute teaching: $25.67 per hour
  • Payment of credit hours: $30 per semester credit hour
  • The board agrees to pay for degrees above an M.A.

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Maximum work day:
    • High school and elementary: 455 minutes
    • Middle school: 435 minutes
  • Maximum weekly instructional time:
    • High School: 25 periods
    • Middle School: 25 periods
  • Duty free lunch:
    • High school: 40 minutes
    • Middle School: 40 minutes
    • Elementary: 50 minutes
  • Teacher arrival/dismissal times:
    • High school: 15 minutes before class and 20 minutes after class
    • Middle school: 10 minutes before class and 10 minutes after class
    • Elementary: 5 minutes before class and 27 minutes after class
  • Preparation time:
    • High School: 1 period per day
    • Middle School: 1 period per day
    • Elementary: 227 minutes per week
  • Elementary Recess duty: 5 times per week maximum
  • Faculty meetings: 4 per month maximum
    • Duration: 45 minutes maximum
  • Non-teaching duties that teachers may not be assigned to:
    • Supervise playgrounds before or after school
    • Supervise unloading/loading of buses
    • Collect money for non-educational purposes
    • Prepare form letters to parents or other clerical functions
    • Distribute and inventory books and supplies (besides those in their own classroom)
    • Perform custodial or maintenance duties
  • Staff development commitment: 6 hours for full time teachers.
    • Sessions length: 1 hour minimum and 2 hours maximum.
  • Teachers are not required to substitute for regular classes.
  • Maximum class size:
    • K-3: 25 students
    • 4-6: 28 students
    • 6-12: 30 students
    • Remedial classes: 20 students
  • Classes with more than 32 students will receive classroom aides as follows or the equivalent of $9 per aide hour for use on school supplies:
    • 32 students: 2 hours per day
    • 33 students: 2.5 hours per day
    • 34 students: 3.0 hours per day

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Leave days: 10-15, depending on years on the job
    • May be used for personal illness or illness in immediate family, bereavement, religious holiday and undeclared personal leave
    • Maximum accumulation: 180 days
    • Personal leave maximum: 4 days
  • Sabbatical leave: Half-pay plus full benefits for one year
  • Unpaid leave:
    • International teaching (two years)
    • Professional growth (two years)
    • Study (two years)
    • Military service
    • Health (one year)
    • Maternity (two years)
    • Disability (six weeks)
    • Adoption (six weeks)

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation (depending on years on the job):

Position

MIN

MAX

Assistant Athletic Director

$4,395

$7,949

Head Football Coach

$4,395

$7,949

Assistant Football Coach

$4,395

$6,171

Drama

$3,995

$7,272

School Paper

$3,995

$7,272

Head Basketball Coach

$3,596

$6,594

Head Gymnastics Coach

$3,596

$6,594

Head Volleyball Coach

$3,596

$6,594

Head Wrestling Coach

$3,596

$6,594

Audio Visual Technician

$3,596

$6,594

Head Hockey Coach

$3,596

$6,594

Head Baseball Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Head Soccer Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Head Softball Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Head Track Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Head Cross Country Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Head Golf Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Head Tennis Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Marching Band

$3,196

$5,917

Yearbook

$3,196

$5,917

Head Lacrosse Coach

$3,196

$5,917

Assistant Basketball Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Assistant Football Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Assistant Swimming Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Assistant Volleyball Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Assistant Wrestling Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Diving Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Fall Trainer

$2,797

$4,109

Win/Spring Trainer

$2,797

$4,109

Freshman Basketball Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Instrumental Music

$2,797

$4,109

Vocal Music

$2,797

$4,109

Freshman Wrestling Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Freshman Swimming Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Forensics

$2,797

$4,109

Debate

$2,797

$4,109

Assistant Hockey Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Assistant Gymnastics Coach

$2,797

$4,109

Pom Poms

$2,397

$3,593

Assistant Marching Band

$2,397

$3,593

Assistant Baseball Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Assistant Softball Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Assistant Track Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Student Activity Director

$1,998

$3,078

Audio Visual Director

$1,998

$3,078

Freshman Baseball Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Freshman Softball Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Freshman Track Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Freshman Soccer Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Assistant Tennis Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Assistant Cross Country

$1,998

$3,078

NHS Advisor

$1,998

$3,078

12Th Grade Class Sponsor

$1,998

$3,078

Assistant Lacrosse Coach

$1,998

$3,078

Assistant Drama

$1,598

$2,562

Assistant Newspaper

$1,598

$2,562

Athletic Coordinator

$1,598

$2,562

PE Coordinator

$1,598

$2,562

Orchestra

$1,598

$2,562

Cheerleaders

$1,598

$2,562

11Th Grade Class Sponsor

$1,598

$2,562

Student Activity Director

$1,598

$2,562