The following is a detailed analysis of the current East Lansing School District union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 220 teachers and enrolls 3,400 students. Of its $34 million operating budget, 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 13 "steps" on the schedule, so teachers get automatic pay raises (4-6 percent) for their first 13 years in the district.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 1 percent each year.
  • Teachers also receive longevity payments after achieving 14 and 19 years of employment in the district. These one-time payments range from $750 to $1,350, depending on highest earned educational degree.
  • 70 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 $51,547 and $73,017.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in East Lansing in 2007-08 was $62,562.

Fringe Benefits

  • District pays $15,243 for teacher health insurance family premiums.
  • Teachers contribute nothing to the cost of the premium.
  • Teachers electing to waive health insurance receive a monthly stipend of $300.
  • The average family premium plan in Michigan costs $11,300.
  • Health insurance plan: Physicians Health Plan Plus with no deductible, $5/$10 RX card, $20 office visit copay, $25 urgent care copay and $50 emergency room copay
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers a $50,000 life insurance policy, dental, vision and long term disability insurance plans.

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
  • 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 East Lansing School District with base salary of $73,017 (final M.A. step): $32,857.65
  • District pays 30 to 50 percent of final salary as a severance package to retiring teachers

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Curriculum department chairpersons: $1,139-$4,926, plus additional leave days
  • for curriculum business (based on experience and department size)
  • Summer school: $29.64/hr
  • Mentor teachers: $30/hr (for up to 30 hours per year)
  • Curriculum development: $23.29/hr
  • Curriculum in-service training: $17.87/hr (limited to contractual days)

Leave/Sick Time

  • 10 sick leave days per year
    • Unlimited accumulation
    • Paid $55 per day upon retirement (max of $7,500)
    • May be used for personal or immediate family illness, funerals, child care
  • Leave time for an illness or accident is paid and unlimited. Teachers are restored to position upon return to district.
  • Paid leave time: Personal business (2 days), jury duty, court appearances, educational conferences (5 days), visitation of other schools (1 day), service physical examinations
  • Unpaid leave time (restored to previous position upon return):
    • Maternity: 1 year
    • Parental and childcare: 2 years
    • Elected to union office: 2 years
    • Military: limitations dictated by federal law
    • AmeriCorps/Peace Corps: 2 years
    • Campaigning or serving in public office: 2 years
    • "Professional enrichment:" 1 year
    • Other purposes contingent on Board approval: 1 year
  • Union president: release time equal to 1/5 of teaching duties
  • District pays for 15 days for teachers to conduct union business
  • Compensated Professional Leave (sabbatical): 1 year max, up to full salary (based on years of experience)
  • Regional Michigan Education Association meetings: 1 day paid per year

Work Schedule/Environment

  • 183 work days
  • Work hours per week: 31 (must be in building 10 minutes before start and end of class)
  • Uninterrupted lunch period: 30 minutes
  • Hours per work year: 1,135
  • U.S. average hours per work year: 1,792
  • Weekly pupil contact teaching loads: 25 hours and 25 minutes
  • "Unscheduled" time per week for elementary teachers: 190 minutes
    • Must occur during school day hours
    • Teachers must not be required to supervise any classroom during this time
  • The district will use $75,000 annually to address "teacher overload" grievances, none of which may be used to hire new teachers
  • Teachers may not be required to supervise more than one recess period per week.
  • Teachers may not supervise student lunch periods.
  • All schools must make available for teachers a lunchroom, lounge, lavatory and telephone facility.

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

  • Coaching (based on experience)
    • Head football and basketball: $7,593-$8,352
      • Assistants: $4,556-$5,315
    • Head track and soccer: $6,833-$7,593
      • Assistants: $3,797-$4,556
    • Head baseball, softball, swimming, wrestling, volleyball, lacrosse: $6,454-$7,213 
      • Assistants: $3,417-$4,176
    • Head tennis, cheerleading, gymnastics, hockey: $5,695-$6,454
      •  Assistants: $3,037-$3,797
    • Head cross country, golf, skiing: $4,935-$5,695
      • Assistants: $2,658-$3,417
  • Music and Fine Arts
    • Director of Theater: $7,213-$7,973
    • Band Director (H.S.): $6,074-$6,834
    • Drama Performance: $5,695-$6,454
    • Orchestra: $5,695-$6,454
    • Vocal Music: $5,315-$6,074
    • Stage Manager: $3,797-$5,695
    • Concert Band: $3,797-$4,556
    • Stage Band: $3,037-$3,797
    • Color Guard: $3,037-$3,797
    • Stage/Jazz Band (M.S.): $2,658-$3,417
    • Orchestra (M.S.): $2,658-$3,417
    • Band Director (M.S.): $2,278-$3,037
    • Vocal Music (M.S.): $2,278-$3,037
    • Drama Assistant: $2,278-$3,037
    • Art Club: $1,898-$2,658
    • Percussion Instructor: $1,898-$2,658
    • Stage Technician: $1,898-$2,658
    • Elementary Choir: $1,519-$2,278
  • Event Manager: $5,695-$6,454
  • Debate: $5,695-$6,454
  • Intramurals: $5,315-$6,074
  • Student Pride: $3,417-$4,176
  • Newspaper: $3,037-$3,797
  • Senior Advisor: $2,658-$3,417
  • Junior Advisor: $2,658-$3,417
  • Sophomore Advisor: $2,658-$3,417
  • Freshman Advisor: $2,658-$3,417
  • Student Council: $2,658-$3,417
  • Quiz Bowl: $2,658-$3,417
  • United Nations Club: $2,658-$3,417
  • Ceniad Advisor: $2,658-$3,417
  • National Honor Society: $2,658-$3,417
  • Key Club: $2,658-$3,417
  • Yearbook (M.S.): $2,278-$3,037
  • Debate Coach: $2,278-$3,037
  • Students Against Drunk Driving: $2,278-$3,037
  • Language Club: $1,898-$2,658
  • Student Radio: $1,898-$2,658
  • Black Student Union: $1,898-$2,658
  • Asian Pacific Affairs Club: $1,898-$2,658
  • Hispanic Club: $1,898-$2,658
  • Special Olympics coach (M.S.): $600-$2,400
  • Dance Club: $1,519-$2,278
  • Safeties: $1,519-$2,278
  • Soliloquy: $1,519-$2,278
  • Yearbook Business Manager: $1,139-$1,898
  • Middle school intramurals supervisor: $1,200

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