SAUGATUCK, Mich. — Saugatuck Public Schools teachers will receive pay raises this year and next, made possible by agreeing to switch from a union-affiliated health insurance to a lower-cost provider, according to The Allegan County News.

Saugatuck Education Association members will receive health care through Priority Health rather than the Michigan Educational Special Services Association, a third-party administrator affiliated with the Michigan Education Association, according to The News.

The district anticipates saving about $3,800 per teacher per year, The News reported, or a total of $246,000 over two years. After raises, the savings still is anticipated to be as much as $90,000 in the second year, according to the report.

The Allegan County News, “Saugatuck schools, teachers agree to pact,” Nov. 19, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Most School Health Care Plans are Too Expensive For Michigan,” Feb. 9, 2010