River Rouge Teachers Agree to 15 Percent Pay Cut

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. —  Teachers in River Rouge Public Schools have agreed to a 15 percent salary cut and a cap on the district contribution to health insurance premiums in order to resolve a $1.2 million deficit, according to The (Southgate) News-Herald.

The three-year agreement between the district and the River Rouge Education Association takes effect beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, The News-Herald reported.

The district was supposed to submit a deficit-elimination plan to the state by December 15 or face losing state aid, but was granted an extension, The News-Herald reported.

"We’re hopeful that the state will approve the plan,” said Janice Meek, the district’s director of business and finance, according to the report.

Teachers also will not advance on the salary schedule during the three-year period, including not receiving additional pay for completing higher degrees, The News-Herald reported.

The (Southgate) News-Herald, "Teachers take salary cut to help with deficit," Jan. 29, 2011

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Michigan School Databases, "Master agreement between the Board of Education of the School District of the City of River Rouge and the River Rouge Education Association/MEA, 2007-2011."