The following is a detailed analysis of the current Cadillac Area Public Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 180 teachers and enrolls 3,200 students. Of its $28 million operating budget, about 65 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 2 to 5 percent pay raises for their first 10 years in the district.
  • The 11th step amounts to an automatic 12 percent raise.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 2 percent each year.
  • 54 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 $41,412 and $65,173.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Cadillac in 2008-09 was $55,617.
  • Longevity Payment:
    • 16th year: $1,000-$1,150.
    • 21st year: $1,225-$1,375.
    • 26th year: $1,450-$1,600.

Fringe Benefits

  • The district's current health insurance plan for teachers cost $18,229 per teacher for a family plan.
  • Teachers contribute nothing per month to the cost of this premium.
  • The average family premium for a health plan in Michigan cost 39 percent less ($13,160) in 2009, with employees contributing 21 percent ($2,800) of those costs.
  • This plan includes no annual deductibles, $5 office visit co-pay and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets $220 per month (up from $200 in 2008-2009).
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life ($50,000) and long-term disability ($4,500) insurance. These cost the district another $1,734 per family plan.
  • If the insurance premium increases by less than 7 percent teachers will receive an additional $7-$280 dollars per year (the lower the increase the higher the payout to teachers).

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 Cadillac with base salary of $65,173 (final M.A. step): $29,328 (for most retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)
  • Redemption of sick days at retirement: $110 each (into a 403b)
  • As an early retirement incentive, the district also purchases 3 "service credits" for up to two teachers who have at least 27 years logged in the pension system.

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Teaching a class in lieu of having a prep hour: 20-25 percent increase in salary ($11,123-$13,904, based on average salary)
  • Subbing for a regular teacher: $20/hr. (can also be turned into "comp time")
  • Inservice time outside contractual work day: $16/hr.
  • Volunteering to work special assignments outside contractual day: $24/hr.
  • Teaching independent study: $600 per student per semester
  • Home visits to 75 percent of students: $200
  • Elementary teachers get $20/hr. if their students miss a "special" class (P.E., art, etc.)
  • Lunch duty: $9.75 per 30-minute period
  • Teaching a class that exceeds maximum class size: $1,250 per class
  • Attendance incentive:
    • Teachers with maximum number of sick days accumulated are paid 20-30 percent (depending on the number of sick days used) of their daily pay per year into a tax sheltered annuity ($742-$1,112 based on average salary).
    • Unused personal days result in 3 comp hours or the financial equivalent.
  • Graduate credit reimbursement: $300 per credit hour (maximum of $20,000 per year)
  • Teaching summer school: $24/hr.

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 185 days
  • Work day: 7 hours, 30 minutes (6 hours, 45 minutes of "contractual obligation")
  • Duty free lunch:
    • Elementary: 35 minutes.
    • Middle and high school: 30 minutes.
  • Teachers may not be required to travel during their duty-free lunch period.
  • Union work during school time will be paid.
    • Cost of substitute to be paid by district.
  • Daily teaching load may not exceed 5 hours and 25 minutes.
    • It may deviate by 3 minutes either way without contractual violation.
  • Preparation time per day: 50 minutes
  • Parent teacher preparation time:
    • Elementary: 90 minutes.
  • On days immediately preceding holidays, teachers may leave once students have boarded their buses.
  • Building/Committee meetings: Limit of 3 per month (max of one hour in length)
  • Maximum class size: 23-30, depending on grade and type
  • Summer school class size: 5-15 students

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Sick days: 10 days
    • Maximum accumulation: 100 days
  • Personal business days: 2-3 days
  • Bereavement:
    • Immediate family: 5 days
    • Non-immediate family: 1 day
  • Unpaid leave:
    • Study related to field (one year)
    • Child care (one year)
    • Personal illness (two years)
    • Care of immediate family member (one year)
    • Personal business (5 days, with benefits)
    • Other district-approved purpose

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation (depending on experience):

Position

MIN

MAX

Athletic:



Baseball:



Head

$3,492

$5,945

Assistant (JV-Freshman

$2,444

$4,162

Basketball (boys & girls):



Head

$4,190

$7,134

Assistant (JV-Freshman

$3,142

$5,351

Cheerleading:



Varsity

$3,142

$5,351

JV

$2,793

$4,756

Freshman

$2,444

$4,162

Competitive only

$698

$1,189

Cross Country:



Head

$2,444

$4,162

Assistant

$1,746

$2,973

Football:



Head

$4,190

$7,134

Assistant

$3,142

$5,351

Golf:



Head

$2,793

$4,756

Hockey:



Head

$4,190

$7,134

Skiing:



Head

$3,492

$5,945

Assistant

$2,444

$4,162

Soccer (boys & girls):



Head

$3,492

$5,945

Assistant JV

$2,444

$4,162

Softball:



Head

$3,492

$5,945

Assistant JV

$2,444

$4,162

Tennis (boys and girls):



Head

$2,793

$4,756

Assistant JV

$2,095

$3,567

Track (boys & girls):



Head

$3,492

$5,945

Assistant

$2,444

$4,162

Volleyball:



Head

$3,841

$6,540

Assistant JV

$2,444

$4,162

Assistant Freshman

$1,746

$2,973

Wrestling:



Head

$3,492

$5,945

Assistant

$2,444

$4,162

Middle school athletics



Basketball (boys & girls):



head

$2,095

$3,567

Cross Country:



Head

$1,047

$1,784

Assistant

$698

$1,189

Football:



Head

$2,095

$3,567

Track:



Head

$1,047

$1,784

Assistant

$698

$1,189

Volleyball:



Head

$1,397

$2,378

Advisors:



Advisors: 9-12

$524

$2,675

HS Student council chair

$1,397

$2,378

HS Student council chair asst.

$873

$1,486

JH student council chair

$1,047

$1,784

JH student council chair asst.

$873

$1,486

MS Student council chair

$1,047

$1,784

MS Student council chair asst.

$873

$1,486

Instrumental Music:



Marching band:



Director

$2,095

$3,567

Assistant

$1,397

$2,378

Fall concert

$349

$595

HS symphony

$1,047

$1,784

Wind ensemble

$1,047

$1,784

Jazz band 6-9

$1,397

$2,378

Percussion and Flags

$1,047

$1,784

Pep band

$698

$1,189

Vocal Music:



Honors/Troubadour 9-12

$1,397

$2,378

Chorale

$698

$1,189

Treble choir

$698

$1,189

MS choir

$698

$1,189

Elementary choir

$349

$595

Musical:



Director

$2,793

$4,756

Assistant Director

$1,746

$2,973

Stings music:



Director 6-12

$698

$1,189

Other Positions:



Debate

$1,397

$3,567

Drama

$1,746

$2,973

Forensics

$2,095

$3,567

Intramural

$1,397

$2,378

Yearbook:



High school

$3,841

$6,540

Junior high

$2,444

$4,162

Middle school

$698

$1,189

Alternative sch. sports coordinator

$700

$700

Alternative school per sport

$200

$200

club advisor

$200

$200

Intramural programs

$9/hr.

$9/hr.

Library teacher

$9/hr.

$9/hr.

National honor society

$300

$300

Saturday school

$14/hr.

$14/hr.

Science fair

$100

$100

Collins writing coach

$200

$200