The average teacher salary in Harbor Beach Community Schools
in 2009, second highest in Huron
County. Teachers contribute
nothing to the cost of their health insurance premiums, which cost the district
per teacher for a family 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 $5
million operating budget goes towards paying employees covered by this
contract, which covers teachers and a few other employee groups. Harbor Beach
enrolls about 580 students and employs approximately 30 teachers. The district
per pupil in 2009, an increase of about 4 percent from the previous school
The base salary for most Harbor Beach
teachers is between $41,059 and $60,539. 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. Harbor Beach
teachers receive two percent "step" increases for their first 10 years in the
district, and an additional "across-the-board" 1.5 percent pay bump.
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 are
paid. After 12 years of teaching in the district, employees get annually
longevity payments of $602 to $2,481. Additionally, teachers who've accumulated
the maximum number of unused sick days can cash in their annual allotment of
unused sick days for $55 a piece.
The district provides medical insurance from the Michigan
Education Special Services Association, an arm of the Michigan Education
Association, the state's largest teachers union. The district pays $16,734
per year for each teacher on a family plan, with teachers contributing nothing
towards this cost. The state average for a family premium is $13,160,
and employees average paying 21 percent, or $2,800 of this amount. The Harbor Beach
plan features a $100 in-network deductible, co-pays of $5/$10/$25 for office
visits, urgent care and the emergency room 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 $2,220 annually for a family
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 Harbor Beach
teacher with 30 years experience and an average base salary of $60,539 (the
final "step" on the salary schedule) would be $27,243. 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
The union contract includes extra bonus pay for additional
duties. Teachers can get a 20 percent of the substitute per diem for subbing
during their preparation period and $45 per hour for any instructional
assignments outside of the normal contractual work day. Mentor teachers get $900 per year and "annual
advisors" get a $3,357 stipend.
The district also pays out stipends for coaching and
participating in other extracurricular activities, such as band, drama, student
clubs and many others. Aside from the 27 different athletic-related positions that
pay between $1,720 and $4,486 annually, there are about 30 different
extracurricular positions that pay between $209 and $3,566 each year.
All teachers are allotted 10 sick days per year, and can
accumulate 100 of them. The district allows for 2-3 personal days and 7
bereavement days as well. Teachers may take unpaid leaves for child care, continued
study, personal illness and others. Upon
returning from leave, teachers are guaranteed the opportunity to return to the
same or an equivalent teaching position.
Working hours and
conditions are also covered in the contract. It defines the "work year" as 185
days. Teachers are contractually obligated to be at school for 7 hours and 20
minutes per day, which works out to a total work year of 1,357 hours. The
national average for all occupations is 1,792.
A fully detailed analysis can be found here.
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