The following is a detailed analysis of the current Saline Area Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 326 teachers and enrolls 5,400 students. Of its $53 million operating budget, about 70 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 10 "steps" on the schedule, so teachers get automatic pay raises (4-7 percent) for their first 10 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 2.5 percent each year.
  • Teachers also receive longevity payments after achieving 15, 20 and 25 years of employment in the district. Based on the current salary schedule these would amount to $3,954, $7,909 and $11,863, respectively, for teachers with a Masters' degree.
  • 65 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 $63,331 and $83,721.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Saline in 2007-08 was $68,615.

Fringe Benefits

  • District pays $13,634 for teacher health insurance family premiums.
  • Teachers contribute nothing to the cost of the premium.
  • Teachers electing to waive health insurance receive an annual stipend of $3,100.
  • The average family premium plan in Michigan costs $11,300.
  • Health insurance plan: MESSA Choices II PAK A with $10/$20 RX card and Health Reimbursement Account ($350 per year per teacher)
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers a $25,000 life insurance policy, dental and vision.

Pension and Retirement Benefits

  • District pays $1,200 into a tax sheltered annuity annually for each teacher with more than 15 years experience and $600 for those with less than 15 years.
  • 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 Saline Area Schools with base salary of $79,089 (final M.A. step): $35,590.05
  • District pays up to $3,000 as a severance package based on unused sick days.
  • Teachers may also qualify for a $7,000 supplemental retirement stipend.

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Curriculum department chairpersons (39 total): Stipend between 1 and 4.5 percent, based on number of teachers in department. Based on the average teacher salary, this amounts to anywhere between $686 and $3,088.
  • Teacher mentor program: $2,021 over two years
    • Assistants: $606 per year
  • Transition mentor: $3,200 per year for three years
  • $700 per year per teacher may be used for "teacher improvement," like conferences, workshops and conventions. Each teachers gets two "improvement days" per year.
  • IRS rates for mileage driven between school buildings and on field trips
  • Any summer employment: $24.32/hr
  • Career Technical Education Department certification: $1,000 stipend

Leave/Sick Time

  • 2 personal days per year (paid $100 per unused day at the end of the year)
  • 3 "professional days" per year for workshops, conferences and conventions, including MEA or NEA-sponsored events.
  • Sick leave days per year (accumulated without limit):
    • 1-10 years experience: 10
    • 11-20 years experience: 15
    • 21 or more years experience: 20
  • Sick leave may be used for:
    • Illness
    • Funerals
    • Bereavement
    • Immediate family member illness
    • Religious observance (3 days max)
  • Unpaid leaves of absence (teacher may return to same position):
    • Exchange/work programs
    • Campaigning or serving in public office
    • Serving as president of NEA, MEA or Washtenaw County Education Association
  • Sabbatical leave: one year stints with 50 percent of salary
  • Saline teachers union president released from half of classroom duties with pay

Work Schedule/Environment

  • 183 work days
  • Work hours per day: 7.5 (must be in building 15 minutes before start and end of class)
  • Uninterrupted lunch period: 30 minutes
  • Hours per work year: 1,373
  • U.S. average hours per work year: 1,792
  • No more than 300 minutes of instructional time per week

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

  • Coaching (based on experience)
    • Baseball, softball, football, basketball, wrestling and volleyball:
      • Head coach: $3,745-$9,719
      • Varsity assistant: $2,996-$7,775
      • Junior varsity assistant: $2,809-$7,289
      • Freshman: $2,434-$6,317
      • Middle school: $2,060-$5,345
    • Cross country, track, soccer, swimming and gymnastics:
      • Head coach: $3,304-$8,576
      • Varsity assistant: $2,643-$6,860
      • Junior varsity assistant: $2,478-$6,432
      • Freshman: $2,148-$5,574
      • Middle school: $1,817-$4,716
    • Tennis, golf and cheerleading:
      • Head coach: $2,864-$7,432
      • Varsity assistant: $2,291-$5,946
      • Junior varsity assistant: $2,148-$5,574
      • Freshman: $1,861-$4,831
      • Middle school: $1,575-$4,087
  • Music and Fine Arts (pay based on individual's base salary)
    • Music coordinator: 3.69%
    • H.S. band director: 4.61%
    • H.S. orchestra: 4.61%
    • H.S. choir: 4.61%
    • H.S. jazz band: 4.61%
    • 7th grade band director: 1.845%
    • 8th grad band director: 1.845%
    • 7th grade orchestra: 1.845%
    • 8th grade orchestra: 1.845%
    • 7th grade choir: 1.845%
    • 8th grade choir: 1.845%
    • Marching band:
      • Director: 11.06%
      • Assistants (3 total): 8.3%
      • Drill instructor (2 total): 5.53%
      • Percussion instructor: 6.45%
      • Color guard instructor: 2.76%
    • 6th grade band director, orchestra and choir: 0.92% each
    • 5th grade band director, orchestra and choir: 0.92% each
    • Elementary band, orchestra and choir: 0.92% each
    • Alla Breve (5th-8th grades): 3.69%
  • Miscellaneous Extra Duties
    • Art shows: $421
    • Drama club: $1,518
    • Musical
      • Director: $2,951
      • Orchestra: $2,108
      • Vocal: $2,108
      • Choreographer: $1,265
    • Pep band: $2,319
    • Play director: $1,897
    • High school newspaper/yearbook: $4,900
    • Business Professionals of America: $1,602
    • Elementary camp program (each teacher and director): $421
    • 9th and 10th grade class sponsors: $1,518
    • 11th and 12th grad class sponsors: $2,529
    • Close-up Washington trip: $421
    • Cosmetology business operations: $1,560
    • Debate: $1,518
    • DECA: $2,108
    • FFA sponsor: $2,108
    • FCCLA sponsor: $2,740
    • Future problem solving club: $1,518
    • German club: $1,518
    • Graduation: $2,108
    • Honor Roll: $1,054
    • Honor Society: $2,740
    • Link crew (8 positions): $421
    • Middle school math counts: $1,518
    • Model U.N. club: $1,518
    • NCA Chair:
      • High school: $2,951
      • Middle school: $2,108
      • Elementary: $1,265
    • Middle school newspaper: $1,518
    • Quiz Bowl: $1,518
    • SADD: $2,319
    • Safety patrol: $1,686
    • Science Olympiad: $1,518
    • M.S. science club: $1,518
    • M.S. science fair: $1,518
    • Elementary science fair: $421
    • STAND: $2,319
    • Student council:
      • High school: $2,108
      • Middle school: $1,518
      • Elementary: $421
    • TNT business operations: $1,560
    • Toronto trip (each teacher): $421
    • 9th grade transition coordinator: $1,518
    • VICA sponsor (each section): $843
    • Video announcement club: $1,518
    • M.S. yearbook: $1,265
    • M.S. photographer: $1,265
    • Writer's Ink: $1,518

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