The average teacher salary in Cadillac Public Schools was $55,617 in
2009, and teachers contribute nothing to the cost of their health insurance.
The district pays $220 to employees for simply not enrolling in the school
health insurance plan. These are among the highlights in the current collective
bargaining agreement negotiated between the district and the local arm of
the Michigan Education Association union.
percent of the district's $28 million
operating budget goes towards paying employees covered by this contract,
which covers teachers and a few other employee groups. Cadillac enrolls about 3,200
students and employs approximately 180 teachers. The district spent $9,369
per pupil in 2009, an increase of about 4 percent from the previous school
The base salary for most Cadillac teachers is between $41,412
and $65,173. Teachers are paid much like assembly line workers: how much an
individual actually gets is determined by a single salary schedule that grants
automatic pay raises based only on years on the job plus additional pedagogy
credentials. Cadillac teachers receive "step"
increases for their first 10 years in the district. These increases range from 2
to 5 percent, with the last step producing a 12 percent pay hike. Teachers are granted "tenure" after four 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
The district provides medical insurance without cost to
teachers for $18,299
per year for a family plan. The state average for a family premium is $13,160,
and employees average paying 21 percent, or $2,800 of this amount. The Cadillac
plan features no annual deductible, $5 office co-pay and a $10/$20 RX plan. The
district also pays for dental, vision, life and long-term disability, again
with no cost to employees. This insurance costs an additional $1,734 annually
for a family plan. Teachers are also paid between $7 and $280 per year if the
district's insurance premiums increase by less than 7 percent annually.
School employees receive a lifetime
pension when they retire, and also expect to get lifetime post-retirement
health benefits. Based on the state-run
retirement system's formula, the starting pension for a Cadillac teacher
with 30 years experience and an average base salary of $65,173 (the final
"step" on the salary schedule) would be $29,328. 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. Upon retiring, teachers can cash out up 100 unused sick days at
$110 a piece.
The union contract includes extra bonus pay for additional
duties. Teachers can get a 20 or 25 percent bonus if they forgo a preparation
period and teach an extra class (between $11,100 and $13,900 based on the
average salary). For teaching a room of students that exceeds the class size
limitations, teachers get $1,250, and get $600 per student for teaching an
independent study course. The district pays between $16 and $24 per hour for duties
outside of the contractual day.
The district also pays out stipends for coaching and
participating in other extracurricular activities, such as band, drama,
yearbook, intramurals, student clubs and many others. Aside from the
athletic-related positions that pay between $698 and $7,134 annually, there are
more 40 different extracurricular positions that pay between $100 and $6,540
All teachers are allotted 10 sick days per year, and can
accumulate 100 of them. The district allows for 2-3 personal days and 6
bereavement days as well. Teachers may take unpaid leaves for one to two years for
child care, medical care of a relative, continued study, personal illness or
any other purpose approved by the school board. Upon returning from leave, teachers are guaranteed the opportunity to
return to the same or an equivalent teaching position. The district also
pays teachers for not using their sick days as an "attendance incentive." A
teacher at the average salary level could make between $742 and $1,112 for not
using more than 4 sick days.
Working hours and
conditions are also covered in the contract. It defines the "work year" as 185
days. Teachers are contractually obligated for 6 hours and 45 minutes per day,
which works out to a total work year of 1,249 hours. The national average for
all occupations is 1,792. Employees
may not teach for more than 5 hours and 25 minutes, although this may vary by 3
minutes without a violation of the contract.
A fully detailed analysis can be found here.
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