The following is a detailed analysis of the current Western School District teacher contract. The district employs 180 teachers and enrolls 2,900 students. Of its $22 million operating budget, 90 percent goes toward employee compensation.

Table of Contents:
Salary Schedule
Fringe Benefits
Pension and Retirement Benefits
Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification
Leave/Sick Time
Work Schedule/Environment
Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

Salary Schedule

  • Salaries are determined strictly by "steps," which use a matrix of years experience and graduate credit hours and degrees.
  • There are 11 "steps" on the schedule, so teachers get automatic pay raises (3-5 percent) for their first 11 years in the district.
  • Reaching the 11th and final step on pay schedule yields an automatic 10 percent pay raise.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 1.5 percent each year.
  • 50 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 70 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $48,802 and $70,133.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Western School District in 2007-08 was $53,396. 

Fringe Benefits

  • District pays $17,300 for teacher health insurance premiums (teachers contribute nothing to the cost of the premium).
  • The average family premium plan in Michigan costs $11,300.
  • Teachers get two health insurance options:
    • Plan A: MESSA Choices II with $100/$200 deductible and $10/$20 RX card, $20 office co-pay, $20,000 life insurance, long-term disability, dental, vision
    • Plan B: $2,400 annual cash-in-lieu payment, $30,000 life insurance, long-term disability, dental, vision

Pension and Retirement Benefits

  • Every teacher participates in the state-run Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System, a defined-benefit lifetime pension system
  • Pension calculation: highest 3-year average compensation X 1.5 percent X years of service
  • Retirement eligibility: 30 years of service at age 46 or 15 years of service at age 55
  • Teacher contribution:  5.4 percent of salary
  • After 55, subsidized medical, dental and vision insurance for life (employees never contribute more than 18 percent of premiums)
  • Annual pension based on 30 years experience in Western School District with base salary of $67,585 (final M.A. step): $30,413.25 

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certifications

  • Individual Teacher School Improvement Program (participation limited to two years):
    • 15-20 years experience: $6,900-$7,700
    • 21-25 years experience: $8,800-$9,800
    • 26+ years experience: $10,700-$11,900
  • Department chairpersons: $400-$5,000 (varies by size of department and experience)
  • Mentor Teachers: $2,000-$2,500
  • $12.00 per student per day for any student (max of two) above the maximum class size (28)
  • One day's compensation for having more than 150 student contacts per day
  • Adult education: $30.74-$48.44/hr
  • Media Specialists: $1,400-$2,200
  • Temporary substitution: 1/5 of substitute teacher pay per class period
  • $65 annual protective clothing stipend for art, kindergarten, home economics, science and shop teachers
  • $100 annual shoe stipend for shop teachers
  • $250 reimbursement for lost or damaged personal property
  • 32 cents per mile for travel between school buildings 

Leave/Sick Time

  • 3 sick days per marking period, 12 for the year
    • Teachers may also draw from district's sick bank of more than 500 days
  • Maximum sick day accumulation: 90
  • 2 professional days
  • Teachers with less than three years experience get a minimum of 15 days for professional development
    • Compensated if not taken during school day
  • 1 year for medical purposes (insurance paid for 4 months)
  • 2 years for childcare
  • 1 year for graduate school
  • 1 year sabbatical for tenured teachers at half salary and full benefits
  • Unions get 20 days cumulatively to use teachers for union business 

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Required number of work days: 185 (180 teaching days)
  • Contract day: 7 hours, 10 minutes
  • Maximum teaching time:
    • High school: 6 hours, 52 minutes
    • Middle school: 6 hours, 48 minutes
  • Hours per work year: 1,326
  • U.S. average hours per work year: 1,792
  • Uninterrupted lunch period: 25 minutes

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

  • Games Supervisor: $12,000-$15,000 (may be divided amongst several staff)
    • One supervisor for each of the 3 sports seasons
  • Coaching (based on years of experience)
    • Head football and boys basketball: $5,600-$7,100
      • Assistants: $2,000-$4,600 (3-4 in each sport)
    • Head wrestling and girls' basketball: $5,200-$6,600
      • Assistants: $2,000-$4,600 (2-3 in each sport)
    • Head gymnastics and volleyball: $4,400-$6,100
      • Assistants: $2,000-$4,600 (2-3 in each sport)
    • Head track, cross country and boys soccer: $4,000-$5,100
      • Assistants: $2,000-$3,500 (1-2 in each sport)
    • Head baseball, softball, girls soccer: $3,400-$4,600
      • Assistants: $2,400-$3,100 (1 in each sport)
    • Head golf, cheerleading, tennis: $2,800-$3,600
      • Assistants: $1,600-$2,500 (1-2 in each sport)
  • Music and Fine Arts (based on years of experience)
    • Choir: $4,000-$5,100
    • High school band: $3,600-$4,600
    • Musical (2 positions): $1,800-$2,300
    • Play and jazz band: $1,600-$2,000
    • Middle school music: $1,200-$1,500
    • Flags: $1,200-$1,500
    • Elementary musical: $1,200-$1,500
    • Elementary musical assistant: $1,000-$1,300
    • Marching band: $800-$1,000
    • Middle school vocals: $800-$1,000
    • One-act play: $800-$1,000
    • Elementary music: $400-$500
    • Piano accompanists: $10/hr
  • Miscellaneous
    • Debate: $4,400-$5,600 (assistant: $2,600-$3,300)
    • Yearbook advisor (2 positions): $3,200-$4,100
    • Strength and conditioning: $3,200-$4,100
    • Drivers education supervisor: $1,200-$1,900
      • $28.75-$45.30/hr for drivers education (based on experience)
    • Forensics: $2,800-$3,500 (assistant: $1,400-$1,800)
    • Class advisors (2 for each class): $400-$1,500
    • Student council: $1,000-$1,300
    • Intramurals (3 positions): $800-$1,000
    • National Honor Society: $800-$1,000
    • Reading consultant: $800-$1,000
    • Academic games: $400-$500
    • Literary magazine: $400-$500
    • Clubs: $400-$500