The following is a detailed analysis of the current Garden City Area Public Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 400 teachers and enrolls 5,000 students. Of its $49 million operating budget, about 77 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 11 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic 3 to 8 percent pay raises for their first 9 years in the district.
  • The district is currently in a schedule freeze since 2008.
  • 55 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 $60,777 and $80,759.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Traverse City in 2008-09 was $74,271.

Fringe Benefits

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  • Garden City uses a self-insured plan. The determined cost per covered family was $18,427 in 2009. Teachers do not contribute to the cost of this coverage.
  • This plan includes no annual deductibles, a $10 office co-pay and a $10/$20 RX plan ($5/$10 for mail-in prescriptions).
  • 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.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets $100 per month.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life ($100,000), dependent & spouse life ($10,000 each), long-term disability insurance and legal 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 Garden City with base salary of $80,759 (final M.A. step): $36,341 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year).
  • Retirement benefits:
    • Redemption of sick days: substitute daily rate per each day
    • $250 for every year beyond 10 years in the district
      • Will receive only one of the above benefits, whichever is greater
  • Retired teachers who wish to come back and substitute teach will be reimbursed by district for required background check for substitutes.
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      • Must work at least 45 days to be reimbursed

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Teachers get $32.05/hour for the following duties:
    • Any extra duties (non-instruction) performed during normal workday
    • Teaching summer school
    • Teaching an extra class period
  • Class cancelled compensation: 50% preparation pay per semester
  • Teaching 6 instead of 5 periods at the high school: 1/6 of salary ($12,378 based on average salary)
  • Reserve members (up to 20):
    • Paid $100 per day with full benefits
    • Assigned to substitute, tutor or other duties on a day-to-day basis
  • District provides funds for selected professional conferences.

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 182 days
    • 179 student instruction days
  • Work day: 7 hours, 20 minutes
  • Total work year: 1,335 hours
  • National average for all occupations: 1,792 hours
  • Teaching an extra period: 1 hour of compensatory time
    • May accumulate 6 and use to take a compensatory day
  • Teaching Loads:
    • Secondary (semester):
      • 25 weekly teaching periods
      • 5 weekly prep periods
    • Secondary (trimester):
      • 20 weekly teaching periods
      • 5 weekly prep periods
    • Elementary:
      • 25 hours and 50 minutes of teaching weekly
      • 5 prep periods a week
  • Parent teacher conferences: 4 half days annually
    • Kindergarten conferences only if teacher deems conference necessary
  • Maximum class size: 24-30 students, depending on grade level and type of class
  • Union meetings to discuss cleanliness of building: Minimum 1 per semester
  • Duty free lunch: 30 minutes
  • Teachers are not to perform medical tasks (except life threatening emergencies).
  • Performance of union duties during day will not result in loss of pay for teacher.
  • Teachers seeking treatment for alcohol and drugs will be able to remain teaching as long as they are in treatment.
    • If second incident occurs then teacher will need to attend inpatient care to be able to return from work.
  • All schools must have vending machines for teacher use.
  • Teachers may not be required to grade any standardized tests.
  • Non-teaching union members may not have a longer work day than teachers.
  • Supervision of student teachers must be voluntary.

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Leave days: 13 days per year
    • Unlimited accumulation
    • 3 leave days may be used for personal business.
  • Union gets 40 leave days to use for teachers.
  • Union president gets 4 hours of release time daily without loss of pay.       
  • The "PR&R Chairperson" is released for 1 hour each day without loss of pay.
  • Sabbatical leave: 1 year
    • Half of pay compensation.
  • Unpaid leave:
    • Child care (one year)
    • Military leave
    • Public office (one year)
    • Peace Corps (two years)
    • Serving as MEA or NEA representative (one year)
    • Voluntary leave (one year)

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation (depends on years of experience)

Position

MIN

MAX

Athletics:



Athletic Director

$5,953

$7,322

Head Coaches:



*Assistant coaches receive 70% of head coach stipend.



Football

$4,683

$5,760

Basketball

$4,683

$5,760

Wrestling

$4,163

$5,120

Swimming

$4,163

$5,120

Track

$3,642

$4,480

Baseball

$3,642

$4,480

Cross Country

$3,642

$4,480

Tennis

$3,642

$4,480

Golf

$3,642

$4,480

Volleyball

$3,642

$4,480

Softball

$3,642

$4,480

Soccer

$3,642

$4,480

MS Athletic Director

$4,995

$6,144

MS Head Coach



Football

$3,122

$3,840

Basketball

$3,122

$3,840

Wrestling

$2,602

$3,200

Track

$2,602

$3,200

Baseball

$2,602

$3,200

Volleyball

$2,602

$3,200

High School Activities



Cheerleading

$1,382

$1,700

Newspaper

$1,665

$2,048

Annual

$1,665

$2,048

Debate of Forensics

$937

$1,152

Band/Color Guard

$2,498

$3,072

Art

$1,041

$1,280

Vocal music

$1,915

$2,355

Stage lighting

$1,499

$1,843

Theater arts

$3,122

$3,840

Senior class sponsor

$1,274

$1,567

Junior class sponsor

$441

$543

Sophomore class sponsor

$441

$543

Student council

$1,249

$1,536

Intramural Ath. Director

$920

$1,132

National Honor Society

$1,249

$1,536

Middle school Activities



Spirit club

$1,103

$1,357

Cheerleading

$957

$1,178

Newspaper

$957

$1,178

Yearbook

$957

$1,178

Class play directing

$1,353

$1,664

Band MS & Elementary

$1,665

$2,048

Student council

$1,249

$1,536

Middle school



Intramural Ath. Director

$737

$906

Vocal music

$1,249

$1,536

National Honor Society

$1,249

$1,536

Elementary school



Safety squad

$1,353

$1,664

Special Services



Homebound Teacher

$1,474

$1,813

Autism Newsletter

$920

$1,132

HS & MS Activities



Athletic event supervision (hr.)

$32.05

$32.05

Department coordinator (hr.)

$32.05

$32.05

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