The following is a detailed analysis of the current Port Huron Area School District that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 665 teachers and enrolls 10,300 students. Of its $106 million operating budget, about 70 percent goes toward paying employees working under this contract.

Table of Contents:
Salary Schedule
Fringe Benefits
Pension and Retirement Benefits
Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification
Leave/Sick Time
Work Schedule/Environment
Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

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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 pay raises of between 3 and 10 percent for their first 12 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 2 percent each year so every teacher gets a 2 percent raise automatically.
  • 58 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 80 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $57,579 and $71,972.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Saline in 2008-09 was $66,604.

Fringe Benefits

  • District pays $13,961 annually for teacher health insurance premiums, regardless of whether they enroll in an individual, two-person or family plan.
  • Teachers contribute nothing to the cost of the premium, unless they "buy-up" to a higher priced health insurance plan.
  • The average family premium plan in Michigan costs $11,300, with employees contributing 22 percent of those costs.
  • Health insurance plans:
  • MESSA Super Care I ($15,496 annual premium): $10/$20 RX co-pay, no deductible
  • MESSA Choices I ($13,961 annual premium): $10/$20 Rx co-pay, no deductible.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers a $45,000 life insurance policy, long-term disability, dental and vision 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
  • Retirement eligibility: 30 years of service at age 46 or 15 years of service at age 55
  • Teacher contribution: 5.4 percent of salary
  • 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 Saline Area Schools with base salary of $71,972 (final M.A. step): $32,387.40 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certifications

  • Union president is granted full release time from teaching duties without loss of pay, seniority or benefits.
  • Hourly pay of $32.47 for all of the following assignments:
    • School dances
    • Music events
    • Athletic contests
    • Substitute teaching
    • Evening school
    • Summer school
    • Drivers' training
  • School improvement chair: $2,135
  • 30 cents per mile for all travel as required during work day
  • $60 reimbursement for the cost of getting fingerprinted
  • Per diem for additional days of work = annual salary/contractual work days ($360 per day based on average teacher salary)

Leave/Sick Time

  • Leave days: 13.5 per year (1.5 per month)
  • 240 leave days may be accumulated in a personal leave bank
  • 13.5 personal leave days per year, approved for the following purposes:
    • Personal illness: 5 days maximum without doctor's note
    • Funeral: 1-5 days, depending on who died
    • Routine medical attention: 1 day
    • Graduation: 1-3 days
    • Required appearance (subpoenas, income tax investigation, etc.): varies
    • Household emergency: 1 day
    • Immediate family illness: 1 day
    • Service on government boards: 6 days
  • Personal leave days may be accumulated up to 240 in a personal leave bank
  • Short-term professional leaves of absence (do not count against personal leave bank):
    • Conferences
    • Meetings
    • Workshops
    • Seminars
    • Travel expenses paid by district
  • Approved long-term leave time:
    • President or vice-president of MEA or NEA: 2 years
    • Maternity: 1 year
    • Adoption: 1 year
    • Personal leave: 1 year, no stipulations
    • Advanced study: 1 year
    • Educational travel time: 1 year
    • Foreign teacher exchange leave: 1 year
    • Extended emergency: remaining school year
    • Military duty: varies
    • Peace Corps: varies
    • Political office: varies
    • Assignment with government agency: varies
  • Union gets 85 personal leave days to conduct union business

Work Schedule/Environment

  • 185 contractual work days
  • The teacher-pupil ratio must be 1/21.56
  • Teacher receive compensatory time off for any evening parent-teacher conferences or "open houses"
  • Weekly teaching loads:
    • Secondary: 25 teaching periods, 5 preparatory periods
    • Elementary: guaranteed 225 minutes of preparation time
  • Maximum class sizes:
    • Elementary: 30
    • Middle school: 31
    • High school: 32

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

  • High school athletics:
    • Athletic director: $5,337
    • Football and basketball:
      • Varsity head coach: $8,066
      • Assistants: $5,337
      • 9th grade head coach and assistants: $4,270
    • Hockey, volleyball and wrestling:
    • Head coach: $6,405
      • Assistants: $4,270
      • 9th grade coach: $3,202
    • Soccer, track, baseball and softball:
    • Head coach: $5,337
      • Assistants: $4,270
      • 9th grade coach: $2,135-$3,202
    • Cross country and competitive cheerleading:
      • Head coach: $3,202
    • Cheerleading (sideline):
      • Varsity: $2,135
      • Junior varsity: $1,601
      • 9th grade: $1,067
  • Middle school athletics:
    • Football, basketball, track, softball, volleyball, soccer and cheerleading:
      • Head coach: $3,202
      • Assistants: $1,067
    • Tennis:
      • Head coach: $1,601
  • High school extracurricular:
    • Band: $5,337
    • Chorus: $4,270
    • Intramurals: $3,736
    • Drama: $3,202
    • Drill team: $2,668
    • National Honor Society: $2,135
    • Quiz bowl: $2,135
    • Yearbook: $2,135
    • Senior class sponsor: $2,135
    • Student council: $2,135
    • Junior class sponsor: $1,067
    • Sophomore class sponsor: $1,067
    • Freshman class sponsor: $1,067
  • Middle school extracurricular:
    • Intramurals: $3,736
    • Yearbook: $2,135
    • Band: $2,135
    • Student council: $2,135
    • Chorus: $1,601
    • Junior National Honor Society: $1,067
    • Quiz bowl: $1,067
    • Drill team: $1,067
    • Drama: $1,067
    • Service squad: $533
  • City safety patrol: $1,601
  • Audio visual coordinator: $1,601
  • Library: $1,067
  • Service squad: $800
  • Student council: $800
  • Township bus patrol: $533
  • Music organization: $533

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