The average teacher salary in Huron Valley Schools was $62,439 in
2009, and teachers contribute nothing to the cost of their health insurance
premiums. The district pays about 51 percent more than the average employer in
the state for employee health insurance. Huron Valley
also pays teachers who opt-out of health coverage $3,281 annually. The local
union president is fully released from all teaching duties (without loss of pay
or benefits) to conduct union business. These are among the highlights in the
bargaining agreement negotiated between the district and the local arm of
the Michigan Education Association union.
percent of the district's $89
million operating budget goes towards paying employees covered by this
contract, which covers teachers and a few other employee groups. Huron Valley
enrolls about 10,200 students and employs approximately 600 teachers. The
district spent $9,957
per pupil in 2009, an increase of about 1 percent from the previous school
The base salary for most Huron Valley
teachers is between $48,622 and $76,285. 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. Huron Valley
teachers receive "step" increases of four to five percent for their first 12
years in the district. 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 15 years, teachers get another automatic 1 percent raise, and after
20 years, they receive a $500 salary boost.
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 paid $15,564
for each teacher on a family plan in 2008-2009. The state average for a family
premium is $13,160,
with employees paying 21 percent on average, or $2,800 of this amount. The Huron Valley
features a $100 in-network deductible, co-pays of $10/$25/$50 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 insurance with no
cost to employees.
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 Huron Valley
teacher with 30 years experience and an average base salary of $72,046 (the
final "step" on the salary schedule) would be $32,421. For most retirees, this amount increases by
3 percent every year. Teachers also get a severance package of between
4.5 to 14 percent of their final salary, and can cash in up to 80 unused sick
days for $40 a piece upon retiring. 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 make $27.66 per hour for teaching summer school or for any
other additional instructing. Department heads get an extra $932 to $1,632 per
year. Any high school teacher takes on a sixth class can make an additional
one-sixth of their salary (which works out to be about $10,400 based on the
average salary). Mentoring young teachers pays $350 per mentee.
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 more than 50 different athletic-related
positions that pay between $677 and $7,011 annually, there are more than 30
different extracurricular positions that pay between $417 and $5,008 each year.
All teachers are allotted 10 sick days per year, and can
accumulate 180 of them. The district allows for 2 personal days and 5 bereavement
days as well. Teachers may take unpaid leaves for child care, personal illness,
the Peace Corps, government service 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
and one-half days. Teachers are contractually obligated to be at school for 7
hours per day, which works out to a total work year of 1,299 hours. The
national average for all occupations is 1,792.
Elementary teachers may not instruct students for more than 5 hours and 21
minutes per day, nor may they be required to collect lunch or milk money.
A fully detailed analysis can be found here.
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