Teachers in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools contribute
nothing to the cost of their health insurance premiums, and in 2009 received an
average salary of $66,644. The local school union president is also
carried as a full-time employee on the district's books, but is not required
to teach or provide any other service — she collects a salary and full benefits
but is granted full "release-time." 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 $147
million operating budget goes towards paying employees covered by this
contract, which covers teachers and a few other employee groups. Plymouth-Canton
enrolls about 19,000 students and employs approximately 1,080 teachers. The
district spent $9,409
per pupil in 2009, a decrease of about 2 percent from the previous school
The base salary for most Plymouth-Canton teachers is between
$60,607 and $79,743. 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. Plymouth-Canton teachers receive "step" increases of five to nine
percent for their first 10 years in the district. After 15 years, teachers get a special annual "longevity"
payment that ranges from $300 to $1,000.
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 Plymouth-Canton
teacher with 30 years experience and an average base salary of $79,743 (the final
"step" on the salary schedule) would be $35,763. For most retirees, this amount increases by 3
percent every year. The district also pays $7,500 and $100 per year on
the job to teachers upon retiring. Most employees 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 includes extra bonus pay for additional
duties. Teachers can make (based on the average salary) between $50 and $86 an
hour for supervising special events like dances. Bus duty and "noon" duty pay
$39.63 and $32.42 per hour, respectively, and substituting for another teacher's
class nets $25.67 an hour. Middle school
representative leaders get an extra $1,997 per year.
The district self-funds for teacher health insurance. The
features no in-network deductible, co-pays of $15 to $30 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
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 455 minutes per day in the high schools and
elementary schools and 435 minutes in middle school. That works out to a total
work year of 1,403 hours. Additionally, teachers may not required to supervise
playgrounds or buses before or after school, collect money for non-education
purposes, prepare form letters or perform any custodial or maintenance duties.
Teachers are allotted between 10 and 15 paid leave days per
year that may be used for personal illness, illness in the immediate family,
bereavement or personal business. Unused leave days can accumulate up to 180.
Teachers may take unpaid leaves for one or two years for personal illness,
study, international teaching, "professional growth," child care or service in
the military. Upon returning from leave,
teachers are guaranteed the opportunity to return to the same or an equivalent
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 40
different athletic-related positions that pay between $$1,598 and $7,949
annually, there are dozens of different extracurricular positions that pay between
$1,598 and $7,272 each year.
A fully detailed analysis can be found here.
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