The following is a detailed analysis of the current Holland Public Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 290 teachers and enrolls 4,000 students. Of its $40 million operating budget, about 69 percent goes toward paying employees working under this contract.

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 5 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.
  • 55 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 71 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $46,488 and $70,079.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Holland in 2008-09 was $60,941.
  • Teachers also get step increases between 1 and 3.5 percent after their 14th, 19th, and 25th years in the district.

Fringe Benefits

  • The district's current health insurance plan for teachers cost $14,311 per teacher.
  • Teachers contribute $40.00 per month to the cost of this premium, or about 4 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.
  • The district's plan includes no annual deductibles or office co-pays and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets $100 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
  • 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 Holland with base salary of $70,079 (final M.A. step): $31,535.55 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Conflict management building advisor: $1,764-$2,223
  • Middle school team coordinators: $5,292-$6,668
  • Department chair: $2,018-$4,074
  • Professional staff development chair: $2,018-$2,543
  • Vocational education coordinator: $2,018-$2,543
  • Elementary building representative: $565-$711
  • The district spends $25,000 for reimbursing continuing education costs.
  • Teacher can cash in 10 unused sick days per year for a total of $350 to use for tuition reimbursement.
  • The district pays teachers $5,000 if they become certified with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (they also pay about $1,300 in registration and testing fees).
  • Teachers are paid $47.50 for each 3-hour professional development sessions they attend.
  • Teachers are paid $28.93 per hour for:
    • Summer school
    • Drivers eduction
    • Summer curriculum development
    • Supervising detention
  •  Subbing for a regular class: $35.28/hr
  • Teaching 6 courses instead of 5: 1/6 of current salary ($10,157 based on average salary)
  • Teaching 4 courses instead of 5: 1/5 of current salary ($12,188 based on average salary)
  • Mentoring Induction Cadre Members: $1,995 annually
  • Mentor Teacher (for other teachers): $250-$750 per year
  • Summer workshops and professional development: $30 per session
  • Lunch supervisors: $26.81 per hour.
  • Moving to a new classroom: $18.35/hr

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 181 days
    • 175 student instruction days
    • 2 teacher work days
    • 2 professional development days
  • Work day:
    • Elementary: 7 hours, 57 minutes
    • Middle school: 7 hours, 22 minutes
    • High school: 7 hours, 34 minutes
  • Duty-free lunch periods:
    • Elementary: 43 minutes
    • Middle and high schools: 40 minutes
  • Total average work year: 1,388 hours
  • National average for all occupations: 1,792 hours
  • Parent-teacher conferences:
    • May not exceed 12 hours in the fall and 9 hours in the spring
    • Any scheduled conferences beyond regular work day will result in compensatory time.
  • No more than two 60-minute meetings per month may be scheduled.
  • Maximum class sizes: 30-32, depending on the grade level
  • Preparation time:
    • Kindergarten: 180 minutes per week
    • Elementary: 160 minutes per week
    • Secondary: 1 regular class period per day
  • Teachers may not be required to supervise food services.

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Personal leave: 2 days
  • Sick leave allowance: 10 days
    • May accumulate a maximum of 100 days
  • Family bereavement: 2 days for immediate family and 1 for non-immediate family.
  • Unpaid leave:
    • Military service (two years)
    • Child care (1 year)
    • Foreign exchange program (2 years)
    • Peace Corps (2 years)
    • Teacher Corps (2 years)
    • Other programs "related to his/her professional responsibilities" (2 years)
    • Full-time study at university (two years)
    •  "Explore a possible career change" (two years)

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

 

Position

Min

Max

 

 

 

High School Sports

 

 

Basketball (Head)

$4,057.43

$5,112.36

Basketball (JV)

$3,044.84

$3,836.49

Basketball (9th)

$3,044.84

$3,836.49

Cheerleading (Head Varsity)

$2,852.55

$3,594.21

Cheerleading (Assistant)

$1,555.94

$1,960.48

Cross Country (Head - Boys)

$3,263.59

$4,112.12

Cross Country (Head - Girls)

$3,263.59

$4,112.12

Football (Head)

$5,186.45

$6,534.93

Football (Assistant - Varsity)

$3,891.60

$4,903.42

Football (Assistant - Varsity)

$3,891.60

$4,903.42

Football (Head - JV)

$3,891.60

$4,903.42

Football (Assistant - JV)

$3,891.60

$4,903.42

Football (Head - 9th)

$3,891.60

$4,903.42

Football (Assistant - 9th)

$3,891.60

$4,903.42

Football (Assistant - 9th)

$3,891.60

$4,903.42

Golf (Head)

$2,469.74

$3,111.87

Soccer (Head)

$3,616.41

$4,556.67

Soccer (JV)

$2,713.19

$3,418.61

Soccer (Boys - 9th)

$2,713.19

$3,418.61

Swimming (Head)

$4,410.25

$5,556.92

Swimming (Assistant)

$3,309.45

$4,169.91

Tennis (Head)

$3,087.18

$3,889.84

Tennis (JV)

$2,314.50

$2,916.27

Basketball (Head)

$5,468.71

$6,890.57

Basketball (JV)

$4,103.30

$5,170.15

Basketball (9th)

$4,103.30

$5,170.15

Cheerleading (Head Varsity)

$3,007.79

$3,789.82

Cheerleading (Assistant)

$1,640.61

$2,067.17

Gymnastics (Head)

$5,468.71

$6,890.57

Gymnastics (Assistant)

$4,103.30

$5,170.15

Swimming (Head)

$4,674.87

$5,890.33

Swimming (Assistant)

$3,507.03

$4,418.86

Volleyball (Head)

$4,233.84

$5,334.64

Volleyball (JV)

$3,175.38

$4,000.98

Volleyball (9th)

$3,175.38

$4,000.98

Wrestling (Head)

$4,674.87

$5,890.33

Wrestling (Assistant)

$3,507.03

$4,418.86

Baseball (Head)

$3,792.82

$4,778.95

Baseball (JV)

$2,843.73

$3,583.10

Baseball (9th)

$2,843.73

$3,583.10

Golf (Head)

$2,734.36

$3,445.29

Soccer (Head)

$3,881.02

$4,890.09

Soccer (JV)

$2,910.77

$3,667.56

Soccer (Girls - 9th grade)

$2,910.77

$3,667.56

Softball (Head)

$3,792.82

$4,778.95

Softball (JV)

$2,843.73

$3,583.10

Tennis (Head)

$3,616.41

$4,556.67

Tennis (JV)

$2,713.19

$3,418.61

Track (Head - Boys)

$3,792.82

$4,778.95

Track (Assistant - Boys)

$2,843.73

$3,583.10

Track (Assistant - Boys)

$2,843.73

$3,583.10

Track (Head - Girls)

$3,792.82

$4,778.95

Track (Assistant - Girls)

$2,843.73

$3,583.10

Track (Assistant - Girls)

$2,843.73

$3,583.10

Athletic Trainer

$10,584.60

$13,336.60

 

 

 

High School Extracurricular

 

 

Band Director

$4,763.07

$6,001.47

Assistant Band Director

$1,764.10

$2,222.77

Band Director - 9th Grade

$1,234.87

$1,555.94

Boomerang

$5,292.30

$6,668.30

Citizens Bee

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Class Advisor - Freshman (X 2)

$529.23

$666.83

Class Advisor - Sophomore (X 2)

$529.23

$666.83

Class Advisor - Junior (X 2)

$793.85

$1,000.24

Class Advisor - Senior (X 2)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Close Up

$882.05

$1,111.38

Debate

$4,586.66

$5,779.19

Debate Assistant (X 3)

$2,116.92

$2,667.32

Dutch Dance

$2,820.80

$3,554.20

First Robotics

$1,411.28

$1,778.21

Flag Corps

$1,146.67

$1,444.80

Forensics

$2,822.56

$3,556.43

Forensics Assistant (X 3)

$1,940.51

$2,445.04

Future Problem Solving

$1,411.28

$1,778.21

Future Problem Solving Assistant (X 2)

$705.64

$889.11

Herald (4 issues)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Herald (6 issues)

$2,116.92

$2,667.32

Herald (8 issues)

$2,175.14

$2,740.67

Intramurals.

$2,820.80

$3,554.20

Model U.N

$1,234.87

$1,555.94

Musical

$1,764.10

$2,222.77

Musical Assistant

$1,234.87

$1,555.94

National Honor Society

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Orchestra Director

$3,528.20

$4,445.53

Pen & Ink

$529.23

$666.83

Quiz Bowl

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Science Olympiad

$1,411.28

$1,778.21

Senior High Play

$1,587.69

$2,000.49

Senior High Play Assistant (X 2)

$1,111.38

$1,400.34

Student Congress

$529.23

$666.83

Student Council Advisor

$1,764.10

$2,222.77

Vocal Music Director

$3,528.20

$4,445.53

 

 

 

Middle School Sports

 

 

Athletic Director (2 positions)

$5,292.30

$6,668.30

Basketball (7th) East & West

$2,646.15

$3,334.15

Basketball (8th) East & West

$2,646.15

$3,334.15

Football (Head) - (7th) East/West Combined

$2,998.97

$3,778.70

Football (Head) - (8th) East/West Combined

$2,998.97

$3,778.70

Football (Assistant) - (7th) East/West Combined

$2,699.07

$3,400.83

Football (Assistant) - (8th) East/West Combined

$2,699.07

$3,400.83

Soccer (7th) - East & West

$2,540.30

$3,200.78

Soccer (8th) - East & West

$2,540.30

$3,200.78

Tennis (7th & 8th) - East & West

$2,540.30

$3,200.78

Basketball (7th) East & West

$3,104.82

$3,912.07

Basketball (8th) East & West

$3,104.82

$3,912.07

Swimming (Head - 7/8th Co-ed Middle) (1 team)

$3,457.64

$4,356.62

Swimming (Assistant - 7/8th Co-ed Middle) (1 team)

$3,111.87

$3,920.96

Swimming (Diving - 7/8th Co-ed Middle) (1 team)

$3,104.82

$3,912.07

Volleyball (7th) East & West

$2,416.82

$3,045.19

Volleyball (8th) East & West

$2,416.82

$3,045.19

Wrestling (Head - 7/8th Middle) (1 team)

$2,769.64

$3,489.74

Wrestling (Assistant - 7/8th Middle) (1 team)

$2,490.91

$3,138.55

Softball (7/8th) East & West

$2,187.48

$2,756.23

Soccer (Girls - 8th) (East & West)

$2,187.48

$2,756.23

Soccer (Girls - 7th grade) (East & West)

$2,187.48

$2,756.23

Tennis (Head - 7/8th) (East & West

$2,540.30

$3,200.78

Track (Head - 7/8th Co-ed) East & West

$2,540.30

$3,200.78

Track (Assistant - 7/8th Co-ed) East & West

$2,286.27

$2,880.70

Track (Assistant - 7/8th Co-ed) East & West

$2,286.27

$2,880.70

 

 

 

Middle School Extracurricular

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Bands (East and West)

$1,234.87

$1,555.94

6th Grade Bands (East and West)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Calling All Colors (1 per building)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Conflict Management Building Advisors (X 2)

$2,469.74

$3,111.87

Future Problem Solving

$1,411.28

$1,778.21

Future Problem Solving Assistant (X 2)

$705.64

$889.11

History Fair (2 per building)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Intramurals (X 2)

$1,410.22

$1,776.88

Lego League ( 1 per building)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Math Counts (2 per building)

$529.23

$666.83

Merit Project Teachers

$1,234.87

$1,555.94

Odyssey of the Mind (X 2)

$705.64

$889.11

7th & 8th Orchestras (East and West)

$1,234.87

$1,555.94

6th Grade Orchestras (East and West)

$529.23

$666.83

Pep Squad (X 2)

$1,323.08

$1,667.07

Play (X 2)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Play Assistant (X 2)

$705.64

$889.11

Rocket Club (1 per building)

$1,058.46

$1,333.66

Science Olympiad

$1,411.28

$1,778.21

Student Council (X 2)

$1,411.28

$1,778.21

7th & 8th Vocal Music (East and West)

$1,234.87

$1,555.94

6th Grade Vocal Music (East and West)

$529.23

$666.83

 

 

 

Elementary School Extracurricular

 

 

Odyssey of the Mind

$705.64

$889.11

Elementary Orchestras (X 2)

$882.05

$1,111.38

Safety Patrol (x 9)

$1,764.10

$2,222.77

Elementary Vocal Music (X 4)

$1,234.87

$1,555.94