percent of the Wayne-Westland Community School's $111
million budget goes towards paying employees covered by its current collective
bargaining agreement for teachers and a few other employee groups. (The
budget figure does not include debt service payments on past construction projects.)
Wayne-Westland Community Schools enrolls about 13,100 students and employs approximately
Teacher salaries are determined by a single salary schedule
that grants automatic pay raises based solely on an employee's years on the job
plus additional pedagogy credentials. Teachers are granted "tenure" after 4
years on the job, and once tenured are evaluated once every three years, but
neither these evaluations nor the performance of their students affect how much
they are paid.
Wayne-Westland teachers get automatic annual pay raises of 6
percent as they progress through the time-on-the-job "steps" of the salary
schedule. All teachers, regardless of their position on the step schedule,
receive a 1.5 percent annual pay increase as the entire salary schedule grows
by that amount. The vast majority of teachers in the district receive a base
salary between $52,540 and $79,688; the average amount was $62,582
The district pays between $13,079
and $16,635 annually for teacher health insurance plans. Most teachers
contribute $40 a month to the cost of their health insurance premiums.
The statewide average cost in the private sector for an
employer-provided family plan is $11,300,
with the employee picking up 22 percent of that amount. The district also
provides life, long-term disability, vision and dental insurance at no cost to
School employees are entitled to a lifetime pension
when they retire, and also expect to receive lifetime post-retirement health
benefits. Based on the state-run retirement system's formula, the lifetime
pension for a Wayne-Westland teacher with 30 years experience and an average
base salary of $79,688 (the final "step" on the salary schedule) would be $35,860.
For most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year. An employee may begin collecting
a pension upon reaching age of 55, or younger if he or she has 30 years of
employment in public schools.
The union contract also covers working hours and conditions.
The contractual work year is 181 days long and each day is 6 hours and 20
minutes. This adds up to 1,146 hours per
year. The U.S. average is 1,792 hours.
Teachers are allotted 10 sick, 2 bereavement and 3 personal
leave days each year and may accumulate these without limit. Upon retiring from the district, each unused
leave day is worth $30. The local union also gets a total of 110 leave days per
year that it can give to teachers to conduct union business.
The union contract also includes bonus pay for additional
duties. Being one of the 43 different department heads can net teachers
anywhere from $1,421 to $3,909 per year. Acting as a "6th grade liason" pays an
additional $3,198. Finally, teachers can earn extra cash by coaching or
participating in other extracurricular activities, such as band, drama,
yearbook, intramurals, student clubs and many others. Aside from coaching
(which pays between $711 and $6,301), there are more than 80 different
extracurricular positions available to teachers that pay between $711 and $5,293
A fully detailed analysis can be found here.
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