The following is a detailed analysis of the current St. Joseph Public Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 170 teachers and enrolls 2,800 students. Of its $22 million operating budget, about 67 percent goes toward paying employees working under this contract.

Salary Schedule

  • Base salaries are determined strictly by a matrix based on years of experience and graduate credit hours and degrees.
  • St. Joseph teachers receive small raises for their first five years, but in their sixth year (and 20 graduate credit hours) get a 35 percent increase.
  • From years 6 to 10, automatic 2 percent pay raises are worked into the schedule.
  • After 10 years (and earning a Master's), teachers get a 19 percent base salary increase, and this amount increases by about 3 percent each year up to a teacher's 16th year in the district.
  • 65 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 69 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning most teachers' base salary is between $49,347 and $71,061.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in St. Joseph in 2008-09 was $57,861.

Fringe Benefits

  • Each teacher receives $950 per month for the cost of their health insurance premium.
  • The district offers three different health insurance options to teachers: a basic, PPO and high-deductible/health savings account plan.
  • Details of the plans can be found here.
  • In 2009, the district spent $1.65 million on teacher insurance benefits.

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).
  • Starting annual pension based on 30 years experience in St. Joseph with base salary of $71,061 (final M.A. step): $31,977 (for most employees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year).

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Guidance director: $4,229-$4,398
  • Department leadership (16): $1,100 per year
  • Vertical steering representation (5): $1,100 per year
  • Driver's education director: $1,762-$1,832
  • Teaching a class that exceeds the class size limit: $500 per student per year
  • Reimbursement for unused sick days at retirement: $35 per day
  • Mentoring new teacher:
    • Year 1: $1060
    • Year 2: $705
    • Year 3: $385
  • Teachers get $30/hour for:
    • Any extra regular teaching duties beyond school day or year
    • Subbing during a preparation period
    • Summer school
    • Summer music, athletic or recreational programs
    • Curriculum development
  • Teaching extra class assignments: $11,500
  • Obtaining credits towards a Master's degree: $30-$75 per semester hour reimbursement (not to exceed $3,200 per year)

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 175 days
    • 165-167 student instruction days
    • 8 half-days for parent-teacher conference preparation
  • Work day:
    • Elementary: 7 hours, 50 minutes (50-minute duty-free lunch)
    • Middle school: 7 hours, 30 minutes (24-minute duty-free lunch)
    • High school: 7 hours, 31 minutes (28-minute duty-free lunch)
  • Total work week may not exceed 39.25 hours.
  • Total work year: 1,313 hours
  • National average for all occupations: 1,792 hours
  • Preparation time:
    • Elementary: 200 minutes per week
    • Middle school: 1 regular class period
    • High school: 1 regular class period
  • Maximum daily direct instruction:
    • Middle school: 285 minutes
    • High school: 300 minutes
  • Maximum class size: 20-28, depending on the grade level
  • Teachers may not be required to:
    • Collect lunch or milk money (unless in case of an emergency)
    • Supervise safety patrol
    • Supervise lunch or recess
    • Supervise more than 60 minutes per week (elementary)

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • 12 annual leave days per year may be used for the following:
    • Family illness: 10 days
    • Funeral: 3 days
    • Discretionary: 3 days
  • Leave days may accumulate to 100
  • Paid extended leave:
    • Family bereavement (3-5 days)
    • Jury duty
    • Approved conferences, meetings, conventions or workshops
    • Teacher conferences
    • Professional visitation days
    • Acting as officer or board member of MEA
  • Unpaid extended leave: (teachers returned to same or equitable position about return)
    • Short term personal leave (10 days maximum)
    • Extended personal leave (2 semesters)
    • Campaign for or serve in public office (1 year)
    • Peace Corps (1 year)
    • Job Corps (1 year)
    • Foreign exchange program (1 year)
    • MEA staff member (2 years)
    • Maternity/Adoption/Parental/Child Care (1 year)
    • Sabbatical (1 year)

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

Position

Min

Max

High School Sports

Men's Basketball Head Coach

$5,825.00

$8,717.00

Women's Basketball Head Coach

$5,825.00

$8,717.00

Football Head Coach

$5,825.00

$8,717.00

Men's Swimming Head Coach

$4,368.75

$6,537.75

Women's Swimming Head Coach

$4,368.75

$6,537.75

Volleyball Head Coach

$4,368.75

$6,537.75

Wrestling Head Coach

$4,368.75

$6,537.75

Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

$4,077.50

$6,101.90

Women's Basketball Assistant Coach

$4,077.50

$6,101.90

Football Assistant Coach

$4,077.50

$6,101.90

Baseball Head Coach

$3,669.75

$5,491.71

Softball Head Coach

$3,669.75

$5,491.71

Men's Track Head Coach

$3,669.75

$5,491.71

Women's Track Head Coach

$3,669.75

$5,491.71

Men's Basketball 9th Grade Coach

$3,203.75

$4,794.35

Women's Basketball 9th Grade Coach

$3,203.75

$4,794.35

Football 9th Grade

$3,203.75

$4,794.35

Men's Swimming Assistant Coach

$3,087.25

$4,620.01

Women's Swimming Assistant Coach

$3,087.25

$4,620.01

Volleyball Assistant Coach

$3,087.25

$4,620.01

Wrestling Assistant Coach

$3,087.25

$4,620.01

Competitive Cheerleading Head Coach

$2,912.50

$4,358.50

Men's Cross Country Head Coach

$2,912.50

$4,358.50

Women's Cross Country Head Coach

$2,912.50

$4,358.50

Golf Head Coach

$2,912.50

$4,358.50

Soccer Head Coach

$2,912.50

$4,358.50

Men's Tennis Head Coach

$2,912.50

$4,358.50

Women's Tennis Head Coach

$2,912.50

$4,358.50

Baseball Assistant Coach

$2,563.00

$3,835.48

Softball Assistant Coach

$2,563.00

$3,835.48

Men's Track Assistant Coach

$2,563.00

$3,835.48

Women's Track Assistant Coach

$2,563.00

$3,835.48

Volleyball 9th Grade Coach

$2,388.25

$3,573.97

9th Grade Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Competitive Cheerleading Assistant Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Men's Cross Country Assistant Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Women's Cross Country Assistant Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Golf Assistant Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Soccer Assistant Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Softball 9th Grade Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Men's Swimming Diving Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Women's Swimming Diving Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Men's Tennis Assistant Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Women's Tennis Assistant Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Men's Track 9th Grade Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Women's Track 9th Grade Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Intramural Sports Director

$2,819.92

$2,932.64

Soccer 9th Grade

$1,601.88

$2,397.18

Pom Pom

$1,233.72

$1,283.03

Sideline Coach

$1,233.72

$1,283.03

     

High School Extracurricular

Conductor of Bands

$5,287.35

$5,498.70

Orchestra Director

$3,172.41

$3,299.22

Conductor of Bands, Assistant

$2,819.92

$2,932.64

Choral Director

$2,467.43

$2,566.06

Driver Education Director

$1,762.45

$1,832.90

Spring Musical Director

$1,409.96

$1,466.32

Student Council Advisor

$1,409.96

$1,466.32

Variety Show Director

$1,409.96

$1,466.32

Wind-Up Sponsor

$1,409.96

$1,466.32

Year Book Advisor

$1,409.96

$1,466.32

Forensics Director/Coach (Each)

$1,233.72

$1,283.03

Spring Musical Director, Assistant

$1,057.47

$1,099.74

Variety Show Director, Assistant

$1,057.47

$1,099.74

Junior Class Sponsor

$1,057.47

$1,099.74

Senior Class Sponsor

$1,057.47

$1,099.74

Clubs

$881.23

$916.45

Show Choir Club

$881.23

$916.45

All School Play Director

$704.98

$733.16

Senior Play Director

$704.98

$733.16

Sophomore Class Sponsor

$528.74

$549.87

Freshman Class Sponsor

$528.74

$549.87

Middle School Sports

Athletic Coordinator

$5,825.00

$8,717.00

Basketball 7th Grade Boys

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Basketball 7th Grade Girls

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Basketball 8th Grade Boys

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Basketball 8th Grade Girls

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Football Head 7th Grade Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Football Head 8th Grade Coach

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Wrestling 7th and 8th Grade

$2,038.75

$3,050.95

Football Assistant 7th Grade Coach

$1,922.25

$2,876.61

Football Assistant 8th Grade Coach

$1,922.25

$2,876.61

Cross Country 7th and 8th Grade

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

Tennis 7th and 8th Grade Boys

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

Tennis 7th and 8th Grade Girls

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

Track 7th Grade Boys

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

Track 7th Grade Girls

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

Track 8th Grade Boys

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

Track 8th Grade Girls

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

Volleyball 7th and 8th Grade

$1,631.00

$2,440.76

7th Grade Cheerleader Advisor

$704.98

$733.16

8th Grade Cheerleader Advisor

$704.98

$733.16

 

Middle School Extracurricular

Year Book Advisor

$1,409.96

$1,466.32

Student Council Advisor

$1,057.47

$1,099.74

Clubs and Activities

$881.23

$916.45

Elementary School Extracurricular

Science Olympiad

$1,233.72

$1,283.03

Elementary Clubs

$881.23

$916.45