The following is a detailed analysis of the current Charlotte Public Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 200 teachers and enrolls 3,000 students. Of its $25 million operating budget, about 66 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 11 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic 4 to 10 percent pay raises for their first 10 years in the district.
  • Teachers with between 12 and 18 years of experience get 2.5 or 3 percent more than the last "step" on the salary schedule (depending on a range of qualifications)
  • From years 19 to 29, teachers are paid between 5 and 8 percent more than the last "step."
  • 59 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 76 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers' base salary is between $44,152 and $61,885.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Charlotte in 2008-09 was $52,408.

Fringe Benefits

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  • The health insurance plan most teachers have costs $14,260 (family coverage).
  • Districts maximum contribution to premium $14,021, so most teachers contribute about $20 per month for the cost of their health insurance premium.
  • Teachers may contribute difference of premium to into a flex benefits account.
  • The average family premium for a health plan in Michigan cost $13,160 in 2009, with employees contributing 21 percent ($2,800) of those costs.
  • The most popular plan includes no annual deductibles, no office co-pays and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets a maximum of $300 per month.
    • If more than 35 people sign up: $350/month
    • If more than 40 sign up: $450/month
    • If more than 45 sign up: $500/month
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life ($35,000) 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 Charlotte with base salary of $61,855 (final M.A. step): $27,848 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)
  • Teachers that put in their resignation by January 15 receive an additional $3,000.

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • $18.53 per hour for attendance at any parent or student activity or educational or civic function after the regular school day.
  • Department Chair: $1,323
  • Summer School Instructor: $19.28/hr.
  • Driver Ed Instructor: $21.10/hr.
  • Tuition reimbursement: $75 per credit hour
  • Mentoring new teachers:
    • Years 1 and 2: 1 percent of salary for one mentee (0.75 percent for each additional mentee)
    • Year 3: 0.75 percent of salary for one mentee (0.5 percent for each additional mentee)

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 177 days
    • 172 student instruction days (K-8 and 11th grades)
    • 171 student instruction days ( 9, 10 and 12th grades)
  • Work day: 7 hours, 15 minutes
  • Total work year: 1,230 hours
  • National average for all occupations: 1,792 hours
  • Duty free lunch period: 35 minutes.
  • Weekly teaching loads:
    • High school: 1,425 minutes per week
    • Middle school: 1,480 minutes per week
  • Preparation time:
    • Elementary: 120 minutes per week.
  • Maximum class size: 25-32, depending on grade and class type.
    • Paraprofessional shall be assigned to overloaded class rooms.
  • "Quality Block Time" meetings are to be held every Wednesday.
    • Dismissal times are 25 minutes earlier for high school and 35 minutes earlier for middle school
    • 85 minutes maximum
    • 8 meetings will be used for staff meetings
    • 9 meetings for union business
    • 9 meetings for teacher planning time
    • 9 meetings for professional development

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Sick leave: 10 days.
    • Maximum accumulation: 110 days
    • Use of sick days for illness of immediate family: 10 days
  • Bereavement: 5 days
  • Personal leave: 2 days
    • Teachers are paid 75 percent of substitute teacher per diem stipend for each unused personal day at the end of each year.
  • Union leave: 3 days
    • President of union: 15 days.
  • Medical arrangements for family member: 2 days.
  • Sabbatical leave:
    • 1 full year
    • Teachers paid half current salary with full benefits.
  • Unpaid leave:
    • Personal illness: 1 year
    • Maternity: 1 year
    • Study: 1 year
    • Peace Corps: 2 years
    • Child care: 1 year
    • Administrative internship within the district: 1 year (fringe benefits paid)
    • Any other purpose approved by district: 1 year

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation (depends on years of experience)

Position

MIN

MAX

Sports:



Major sports:



(Football, basketball & wrestling)



HS Varsity Head Coach

$3,308

$8,468

HS Assistant Coach

$1,985

$5,862

MS Head Coach

$1,323

$4,560

Minor sports:



Track, softball, soccer, tennis, baseball, golf, cross country & volleyball



HS Varsity Head Coach

$2,315

$6,514

HS Assistant Coach

$1,323

$4,560

MS Head Coach

$1,323

$4,560

Band



Director

$3,638

$8,956

Assistant director

$2,315

$5,699

Middle School director

$1,985

$4,885




Color Guard Coordinator

$500

$500

Elementary Music

$100

$100

Elementary Art

$100

$100




Competitive Cheerleading

$1,323

$3,257

Sideline Cheerleading

$992

$2,443

Choir High School

$2,646

$651

Choir Middle School

$662

$1,628

Debate

$1,323

$3,257

Department Chair

$1,323

$3,257

ICT Facilitator

$662

$1,628

ICT Team Member

$662

$1,628

Dramatics

$992

$2,443




K-12 production

$1,323

$3,257

Musical Production HS



Director

$1,654

$4,071

Assistant Director

$992

$2,443

Musical Production MS



Director

$992

$2,443

 Assistant Director

$331

$814

HS and MS



Yearbook

$1,323

$3,257




Driver Education



Instructor

$21.10

$21.10

Director

$22.20

$22.20




PAL Advisor HS

$992

$1,240

9th Grade Mentor Coordinator

$992

$2,443

PAL Advisor MS

$331

$814

Renaissance HS

$662

$1,628

4TC

$992

$2,443

Forensics

$992

$2,443

HS Class Advisor

$1,654

$4,071

MS Council Advisor

$992

$2,443

Elementary Student Advisor

$331

$814

SADD Advisor HS

$992

$2,443

Harvard Model Congress

$992

$2,443

School Store HS

$992

$2,443

Safety Patrol

$662

$1,628

K-12 Guidance Coordinator

$992

$2,443

Summer School Instructor

$19.28

$19.28

Club international

$992

$2,443

Trust Club

$992

$2,443

Class Advisor



Senior

$992

$2,443

Junior

$992

$2,443

Sophomore

$331

$814

Freshman

$331

$814




Future Farmers of America

$1,323

$3,257

Business Professional of America

$992

$2,443

Science Olympiad

$992

$2,443

Designation Imagination

$992

$2,443

National Honor Society

$992

$2,443

DECA

$992

$2,443

Quiz Bowl

$992

$2,443




High School Art Club

$662

$662

High School Writing Club

$662

$662

High School Ski Club

$662

$662

Middle School Ski Club

$662

$662

 

 

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