The following is a detailed analysis of the current Traverse City Area Public Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 585 teachers and enrolls 10,200 students. Of its $88 million operating budget, about 67 percent goes toward paying employees working under this contract.

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

  • Base salaries are determined strictly by "steps," which use a matrix of years experience and graduate credit hours and degrees.
  • There are 13 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic 3 to 9 percent pay raises for their first 12 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 2 percent each year.
  • 72 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 75 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $45,355 and $67,973.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Traverse City in 2008-09 was $56,742.
  • Teachers also get step increases between 1 and 3 percent after their 14th, 17th, 19th, and 20th years in the district. 

Fringe Benefits

  • The district's current health insurance plan for teachers cost $14,631 per teacher.
  • Teachers contribute $87.50 per month to the cost of this premium, or about 7 percent.
  • The average family premium for a health plan in Michigan cost $11,300 in 2009, with employees contributing 22 percent ($2,500) of those costs.
  • This plan includes no annual deductibles or office co-pays and a $5/$10 RX plan.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets $217 per month.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance.

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 Traverse City with base salary of $67,973 (final M.A. step): $30,587.85 (for most employees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)
  • Teachers are also paid one-half of their daily rate for each accumulated sick day they have upon retiring. This figure cannot exceed $5,500.

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • One-half of tuition costs for continuing education credits are paid by district.
  • Teachers are paid $22/hr for attending "professional learning community meetings," that are 90-minute sessions occurring 6 times per year.
  • Attendance incentives are paid out based on how few leave days teachers use:
    • 0 = $300
    • 1 = $200
    • 2 = $150
    • 3 = $100
  • Additional class assignments pay one-fourteenth of a teacher's salary per semester ($4,053 based on average teacher salary)
  • Holders of vocational certificates get $300 extra per year
  • Teachers are reimbursed for all travel between buildings and to conferences and workshops
  • Mentor teacher for students: $1,200
  • Core Content Facilitators: $3,500
  • Special Education Facilitators: $3,500
  • Secondary Department Facilitators: $1,500
  • Elementary Content Leaders: $2,000
  • Elementary Special Education Facilitators: $2,000
  • Elementary Music Facilitators: $2,000
  • Elementary Department Facilitators: $1,750
  • Secondary Core Content Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Leaders: $2,000
  • Elementary coaches are paid $20 for travel to away sporting events.
  • Mentor Teacher (for teachers): $1,000
  • Curriculum work:
    • $22/hr with students
    • $17/hr without students
  • Summer school compensation:
    • $20/hr or one-half of tuition paid by students
  • Recess duty: $10/hr

Leave/Sick Time

  • Union president gets between two-fifths and full release time from teaching duties to conduct union business without loss of salary or benefits.
  • Association business: Union gets 35 days of release time for teachers to conduct union business. (District pays substitution costs for 3 of these days)
  • Personal leave: 2 days
  • Sick leave allowance: 10 days
    • May accumulate to a maximum of 150 days
  • Family bereavement: 8 days
  • Sabbatical leave: one-half salary for one year
  • Unpaid leave:
    • Military service (no maximum time period)
    • Child care (one year)
    • Foreign exchange program (one year)
    • Peace Corps (one year)
    • Teacher Corps (one year)
    • Job Corps (one year)
    • Full-time study at university (one year)
    • "Cultural, travel or work program related to the teacher's professional responsibilities" (one year)
    • "Explore a possible career change" (one year)

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 186 days
    • 182 student instruction days
    • 2 teacher work days
    • 2 professional development days
  • Work day:
    • Elementary: 6 hours, 48 minutes
    • Secondary: 6 hours, 47 minutes
  • Total work year: 1,265 hours
  • National average for all occupations: 1,792 hours
  • No afterschool meetings may be held on Mondays or Fridays.
  • Class size overages:
    • A classroom aid is assigned to any class over the class size limit (25-33, depending on the grade level)
  • Preparation time:
    • Elementary: 210 minutes per week
    • Secondary: 1 regular class period per day
  • Duty-free lunch: 40 minutes

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

 

 

 

Position

Min

Max

High School Sports

 

 

Baseball/Softball Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Baseball/Softball Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Baseball/Softball 9th Grade Head Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Baseball/Softball 9th Grade Asst Coach

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Basketball Varsity Head Coach

$5,410.08

$6,431.52

Basketball Varsity Asst Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Basketball 9th Grade Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Basketball 9th Grade Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Beach Volleyball (Girls) Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Competitive Cheerleading Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Competitive Cheerleading Varsity Asst Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Sideline Cheerleading Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Cheerleading 9th Grade Head Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Cross Country Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Cross Country Varsity Asst Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Cross-Country Skiing (CO-ED) Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Cross-Country Skiing (CO-ED) Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Downhill Skiing (CO-ED) Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Downhill Skiing (CO-ED) Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Football Varsity Head Coach

$5,410.08

$6,431.52

Football Varsity Asst Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Football JV Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Football JV Asst Coach

$2,874.11

$3,416.75

Football 9th Grade Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Football 9th Grade Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Football Equipment Manager

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Golf Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Golf Varsity Asst Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Gymnastics (Girls) Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Hockey Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Hockey Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Mentor Teacher for Students

$1,200.00

$1,200.00

Soccer Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Soccer Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Soccer 9th Grade Head Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Swimming Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Swimming Varsity Diving Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Swimming Varsity Asst Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Tennis Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Tennis Varsity Asst Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Tennis 9th Grade Head Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Track Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Track Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Trainer (All Sports)

$5,071.95

$6,029.55

Volleyball (Girls) Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Volleyball (Girls) Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Volleyball (Girls) 9th Grade Head Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Volleyball (Girls) 9th Grade Asst Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Wrestling Varsity Head Coach

$3,381.30

$4,019.70

Wrestling Varsity Asst Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Pep Club Advisor

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

     

High School Extracurricular

 

 

Yearbook Advisor

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Newspaper Advisor

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Video Club Advisor

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Challenger Advisor

$676.26

$803.94

National Honor Society Advisor

$676.26

$803.94

S.I.U. Advisor

$676.26

$803.94

Thespians Advisor

$676.26

$803.94

Key Club Advisor

$676.26

$803.94

Varsity Club Advisor

$676.26

$803.94

Class Advisor Freshman

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Class Advisor Sophomore

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Class Advisor Junior

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Class Advisor Senior

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Student Senate Advisor

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Drama and Musical Director

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Ticket Manager

$3,043.17

$3,617.73

Debate Head Coach

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Debate Asst Coach

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Forensics Coach

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Director of Vocal Music

$4,057.56

$4,823.64

Director of Bands

$5,071.95

$6,029.55

Assistant Director of Bands

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Orchestra Director

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Music Instructor with 1 Extra Music Activity

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Music Director of Annual Musical

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Auditorium Technical Advisor

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Odyssey of the Mind Coach

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Student Court Advisor

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Model United Nations Advisor

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Math Competition Coordinator

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Quiz Bowl Coordinator

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Technology Club Advisor

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

     

Middle School Sports

 

 

Basketball 8th Grade Head Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Basketball 8th Grade Asst Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Basketball 7th Grade Head Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Basketball 7th Grade Asst Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Cross Country (CO-ED) 7th/8th Grade Head Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Football 8th Grade Head Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Football 8th Grade Asst Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Football 7th Grade Head Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Football 7th Grade Asst Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Golf Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Track (CO-ED) 7th/8th Grade Head Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Track (CO-ED) 7th/8th Grade Asst Coach

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Trainer (All Sports)

$3,043.17

$3,617.73

Volleyball (Girls) 8th Grade Head Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Volleyball (Girls) 8th Grade Asst Coach

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Volleyball (Girls) 7th Grade Head Coach

$2,028.78

$2,411.82

Volleyball (Girls) 7th Grade Asst Coach

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Wrestling 7th/8th Grade Head Coach

$2,366.91

$2,813.79

Wrestling 7th/8th Grade Asst Coach

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

     

Middle School Extracurricular

 

 

Newspaper

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Vocal Director

$2,705.04

$3,215.76

Assistant Vocal Director

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Band Director

$3,043.17

$3,617.73

Assistant Band Director

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Music Instructor with 1 Extra Music Activity

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Orchestra Director

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Yearbook Advisor

$1,690.65

$2,009.85

Odyssey of the Mind Coach

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Math Competition Coach

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Math Club Advisor

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

National Honor Society Advisor

$676.26

$803.94

Student Council Advisor 8th Grade

$676.26

$803.94

Student Council Advisor 7th Grade

$676.26

$803.94

Technology Club Advisor

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Teens Against Drugs Club Advisor

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Theater Arts Director

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

     

Elementary School Sports

 

 

Basketball

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Football

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Gymnastics

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Track

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Volleyball

$1,352.52

$1,607.88

Choir

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

All City Orchestra

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

All City Assistant Orchestra Director

$676.26

$803.94

All City Band

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Asst All City Band

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

     

Elementary School Extracurricular

 

 

Odyssey of the Mind Coach

$1,014.39

$1,205.91

Gifted/Talented Contact

$338.13

$401.97

Computer Contact

$338.13

$401.97

Building Instructional Unit Leader

$676.26

$803.94