Armada keeps MESSA, freezes salary schedule

ARMADA, Mich. — Teachers in Armada Area Schools have ratified a two-year contract that calls for freezing the salary schedule in both years and temporarily halting automatic “step” increases, according to The (New Baltimore) Voice.

Members of the Armada Education Association will continue to receive health insurance through the Michigan Education Special Services Association, a third-party administrator affiliated with the Michigan Education Association, The Voice reported. They will contribute $80 per month for family coverage or lesser amounts for single or two-person plans, The Voice reported. It was not clear from the report if those amounts are an increase over previous years.

The new contract calls for resuming “step” increases in the third trimester of the 2012-2013 school year, according to The Voice.

Superintendent Arnold Kummerow said no teacher layoffs are currently planned, though some could occur depending on student enrollment in specific courses, The Voice reported.

Armada may qualify for extra funding as a rural district and one that has contracted out for non-instructional services, according to The Voice.

“Contracting out services has kept us solvent through these tough times,” Kummerow said, according to The Voice.

The (New Baltimore) Voice, “Armada School Board approves new teacher contract,” May 31, 2011

Michigan Capitol Confidential, “Extra K-12 Cash to Be Tied to Mandatory Health Care Cost Sharing and Other Reforms,” May 22, 2011