The following is a detailed analysis of the current Utica Community Schools contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 1,640 teachers and enrolls 29,200 students. Of its $260 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 11 "steps" on the schedule, meaning teachers get automatic pay raises of between 5 and 8 percent for their first 11 years in the district, except for steps 3 and 11 with yield about a 13 percent pay increase.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 1.5 percent each year so every teacher gets at least a 1.5 percent raise automatically.
  • 86 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 $63,224 and $88,853.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Utica in 2007-08 was $75,420.

Fringe Benefits

  • District pays $15,034 annually for teacher health insurance family premiums.
  • Teachers contribute nothing to the cost of the premium, unless they "buy-up" to a higher priced health insurance plan.
  • The average family premium plan in Michigan costs $11,300, with employees contributing 22 percent of those costs.
  • Health insurance plans:
  • MESSA Super Care I ($19,181 annual premium): $100/$200 deductible
  • MESSA Choices II ($15,034 annual premium): $200/$400 deductible, $10/$20 Rx and $5 office visit co-pay.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers a $40,000 life insurance policy, long-term disability, dental and vision insurance.
  • Teachers electing not to enroll in either of the offered medical insurance plan get $1,500 annually, $50,000 life insurance policy and dental 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 three-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 UCS with base salary of $88,853 (final M.A. step): $39,983.85
  • Accumulated sick leave days fetch $40 per day upon retirement
  • Teachers are paid $500 if they announce their retirement by April 1.
  • The district will pay teachers the value of one month's health insurance premium if they enroll in a different health insurance plan immediately after retiring.

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • Union president: full release time from classroom duties
  • Pay for number of students over class size limit (26-31 depending on grade)
    • 1-2 students over: $8 per kid per day
    • 3-9 students over: $9.50 per kid per day
    • 10 or more students over: $10.50 per kid per day
  • Any additional regular school duties beyond contractual work day: $22/hr
  • Any additional regular school duties beyond contractual work year: 3 percent of base salary per week ($2,262 per week based on average teacher salary)
  • All civic functions: $23/hr
  • Secondary teachers may earn an additional 1/6th of their salary by foregoing a prep period and teaching one extra course.
  • 17 building chairpersons:
    • Secondary: 4 percent of salary ($3,016 based on average salary)
    • Elementary: 2.75 percent of salary ($2,074 based on average salary)
  • 19 systemwide chairpersons: five release days and 4 percent of salary ($3,016 based on average salary)
  • Curriculum Leadership Council (10 teachers appointed by union): two days release time and $400
  • Cafeteria supervision: 40 minutes flex time (arrive late or leave early) or $11 per day
  • Subbing during preparation period: $22 per period
  • "Special services:" $425
  • Travel in personal vehicle between schools: I.R.S. mileage rate

Leave/Sick Time

  • 11 sick leave days per year on average that may be used for:
    • Personal illness
    • Family illness
    • Bereavement and funerals (no more than 6 days per year)
    • Personal days (max of 2-6 per year)
    • Business day (1 per year)
    • Jury duty
  • Accumulated sick leave days earn teachers additional personal days:
    • 40 sick leave days = 3 personal days
    • 65 sick leave days = 4 personal days
    • 100 sick leave days = 5 personal days
    • 150 sick leave days = 6 personal days
  • Sabbaticals: Half salary for one full year
  • 100 days of leave may be used by the union for union business
  • Teachers will have 5 days of professional development each year
  • Uncompensated leave time (employees return to position after leave time):
    • Military duty (as federal law prescribes)
    • Physical/mental incapacity (with doctor's recommendation)
    • Child care (1 year max)
    • "Exploring the possibility of making a 'career change'" (1 year max)
    • Public office (1 year max)
  • Union negotiators are allowed release time during negotiations

Work Schedule/Environment

  • 184 contractual work days (may skip last day if grades are completed)
  • Work day schedule:
    • Elementary: 7 hours, 5 minutes
    • Secondary: 7 hours, 20 minutes
  • Average work hours per year: 1,326
  • U.S. average hours per work year: 1,792
  • Duty-free lunch period:
    • Elementary: 40 minutes
    • Secondary: 30 minutes
  • Preparation periods:
    • Elementary: 230 minutes per week
    • Secondary: 1 full class period per day
  • Faculty meetings: no more than 2 per month
  • Evening functions: no more than 4 per year
  • Teachers may not be required to move desks, chairs or filing cabinets.

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

  • High school athletics (based on experience):
    • Athletic director: $7,750-$11,864
    • Football and basketball:
    •  
      • Head coach: $5,167-$7,909
      • Assistants: $3,875-$5,932
  • Baseball, swimming, track, softball, volleyball, competitive cheerleading, wrestling and soccer:
    • Head coach: $4,306-$6,591
    • Assistants: $2,538-$4,614
  • Cross country, golf, tennis, diving:
    • Head coach: $3,014-$4,614
    • Assistants: $2,153-$3,295
  • Cheerleading (sideline):
    • Head coach: $2,583-$3,954
    • Assistant: $1,722-$2,636

 

  • 9th grade athletics (based on experience):
    • Football and basketball:
    •  
      • Head coach: $3,660-$5,602
      • Assistants: $2,583-$3,954
  • Baseball, track, softball, volleyball, soccer and competitive cheer:
    • Head coach: $3,014-$4,614
  • Cheerleading (sideline):
    • Head coach: $1,722-$2,636

 

  • Junior high (7th/8th grades) athletics (based on experience):
    • Athletic director: $3,875-$5,932
    • Football and basketball:
    •  
      • Head coach: $3,229-$4,943
      • Assistants: $2,583-$3,954
  • Track and volleyball:
    • Head coach: $2,583-$3,954
    • Assistants: $2,153-$3,295
  • Competitive cheer:
    • Head coach: $2,153-$3,295
  • Cheerleading (sideline)
    • Head coach: $861-$1,318

 

  • High school extracurricular (based on experience):
    • Marching band director: $4,306-$6,591
    • Instrumental music: $4,306-$6,591
    • Debate: $3,121-$4,778
    • Yearbook: $2,153-$3,295
    • Newspaper: $2,153-$3,295
    • Spring musical director: $1,830-$2,801
    • All school play director: $1,722-$2,636
    • Forensic: $1,722-$2,636
    • NCA/SIT chair: $1,722-$2,636
    • Summer band director: $1,291-$1,977
    • Choral/Vocal ensemble: $1,291-$1,977
    • Student council: $1,291-$1,977
    • Quiz bowl: $1,184-$1,812
    • Choral director: $968-$1,483
    • All school play technical director: $861-$1,318
    • Spring musical technical director: $861-$1,318
    • Science Olympiad: $753-$1,153
    • Social Studies Olympiad: $753-$1,153
    • Debate/Forensic assistant: $645-$988
    • National Honor Society: $645-$988
    • VICA: $645-$988
    • DECA: $645-$988
    • Key Club: $645-$988
  • Junior high extracurricular (based on experience):
    • Instrumental music director: $1,937-$2,966
    • NCA/SIT chair: $1,722-$2,636
    • Student council: $1,291-$1,977
    • Play director: $861-$1,318
    • Forensics: $861-$1,318
    • Science Olympiad: $753-$1,153
    • Social Studies Olympiad: $753-$1,153
    • Yearbook/Newspaper: $645-$988
    • Destination Imagination: $645-$988
    • National Honor Society: $430-$659
  • NCA/SIT chair: $1,722-$2,636
  • Academically gifted and talented: $1,291-$1,977
  • Science Olympiad: $753-$1,153
  • Social Studies Olympiad: $753-$1,153
  • Student Council: $645-$988
  • Destination Imagination: $645-$988
  • Safety Patrol: $538-$823
  • Service Squad: $538-$823

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