The following is a detailed analysis of the current Brighton Area Schools union contract that covers teachers as well as a few other employee groups. The district employs about 400 teachers and enrolls 6,500 students. Of its $52 million operating budget, about 70 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 several “steps” on the schedule, resulting in most teachers getting automatic 4 to 5 percent pay raises for their first 9 or 10 years in the district.
  • The final step (11th or 12th, depending on a teacher’s college degree) on the salary schedule nets teachers an automatic 13 percent pay bump.
  • In addition to step increases, the entire salary schedule increases by 1.125 percent each year.
  • 60 percent of teachers have graduate degrees and 78 percent have more than 5 years experience, meaning the vast majority of teachers’ base salary is between $56,352 and $78,130.
  • The Michigan Department of Education reported the average teacher salary in Brighton in 2008-09 was $66,514.
  • Teachers also get two separate longevity payments:
    • “Longevity A:”
      • After 16 years, an annual stipend ranging from $377 to $1,657
    • “Longevity B:”
      • 13-15 years: $250
      • 16-20 years: $750
      • 21-25 years: $1,250
      • 26+ years: $1,750

Fringe Benefits

  • The district’s current health insurance plan for teachers cost $15,415 per teacher.
  • Teachers contribute $450 annually to the cost of this premium, or about 3 percent.
  • The average family premium for a health plan in Michigan cost $13,160 in 2009, with employees contributing 22 percent ($2,500) of those costs.
  • This plan most teachers choose includes no annual deductibles or co-pays and a $10/$20 RX plan.
  • Each teacher who does not enroll in a medical insurance plan gets $268.91 per month.
  • The district also provides at no cost to teachers dental, vision, life ($50,000) 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 Brighton with base salary of $78,130 (final M.A. step): $35,159 (for many retirees, this amount increases by 3 percent every year)

Bonus Pay for Additional Duties or Certification

  • School Improvement Coordinator: $2,000
  • Coordinators: $1,518-$3,343
  • Target Goal Facilitators (3 per building): $1,250
  • MME Test Supervisor: $3,173
  • MME Back-up Test Supervisor: $1,569
  • MME Accommodations Coordinator: $2,597
  • Academic Co-Curriculars: $2,122
  • Secondary teacher instructing 6 classes instead of 5: 1/5 of salary ($13,303, based on average salary)
  • Teaching Saturday school: $12 per hour
  • Subbing for a regular class: $45 per hour
  • Teaching during prep hour: $45 per hour
  • “Imbalanced” class of more than two students at secondary level: $300 per student per semester
  • Teaching a class larger than maximum allowable size:
    • Elementary: $3,000 per student
    • Each specialist teacher: $200 per student
    • Secondary: $1,500 per class per student
    • Secondary: $750
  • Traveling within district from building to building pays IRS mileage rate
  • Tuition reimbursement:
    • $400 per year per member
  • District pays for lodging, meals and travel expenses for professional conferences.

Work Schedule/Environment

  • Contractual year: 184.5 days
  • Work day: 7 hours, 30 minutes
  • Total work year: 1,384 hours

o   Teacher hours: 1,101

o   Instructional hours: 1,060

  • National average for all occupations: 1,768 hours
  • Student contact and instructional time:

o   Secondary: 5 hours, 30 minutes

o   Elementary: 5 hours, 27 minutes

  • Elementary teachers receive two full days of release time due to a loss of 5 minutes of planning and conference time at the beginning of the day.
  • Staff meetings:
    • No more than two per month
    • Middle school meetings: One may be 30 minutes pass the contractual day and the other 15 minutes. Teachers get compensatory time for the 15 minute meeting.
  • Curriculum meetings: Maximum of one per month and must end by 3:30 p.m.
  • Planning and conference time:
    • Secondary teachers: 60 minutes per day
    • Elementary teachers: 90 minutes per day
  • Duty free lunch period: 30 minutes
  • Time travel between buildings: 5 minutes.
  • Maximum class size: 20-31 students, depending on grade and class type
  • Teachers will not be assigned to cafeteria or playground duty.
  • Classroom temperatures will be kept at 68 degrees (but may be changed anywhere from 61 to 75 degrees).

Leave Time/Sick Days

  • Leave days: 12 days
    • Used for personal or family illness and personal business
    • Maximum accumulation: 120 days
  • Bereavement: 5 days
  • Sabbatical: 1 year, maximum of one-half salary with full benefits
  • Union gets 20 days to use for leave time to conduct union business.
  • Unpaid leave:
    • Personal illness: 1 year (with benefits)
    • Maternity/child care: 119 work days
    • Adoption: 4 semesters
    • Exchange teacher: 1 year
    • Continuing education: 1 year
    • General: 1 year
    • Military leave

Extra Curricular Activities Compensation

These amounts increase by 2.25 percent each year

Position

MIN

MAX

Athletic Positions



Head Football

$8,189

$8,189

Asst. Varsity  Football

$5,500

$5,500

Asst. JV Football

$5,500

$5,500

Asst. 9th grade Football

$5,500

$5,500

Asst. Football

$3,374

$3,374

Head Volleyball

$6,744

$6,744

JV Volleyball

$4,368

$4,368

9th grade Volleyball

$4,368

$4,368

Asst. Volleyball

$2,679

$2,679

MS Volleyball 7th grade

$3,056

$3,056

MS Volleyball 8th grade

$3,056

$3,056

Head Girls Golf

$4,105

$4,105

Asst. Golf

$1,538

$1,538

Head Boys Soccer

$5,604

$5,604

JV Boys Soccer

$3,238

$3,238

9th grade Boys Soccer

$3,238

$3,238

Asst. Soccer

$3,238

$3,238

Head Boys Cross Country

$6,373

$6,373

Head Girls Cross country

$6,373

$6,373

HS Asst. Cross Country

$1,281

$1,281

MMS Cross Country

$2,805

$2,805

SMS Cross Country

$2,805

$2,805

Head Girls Swim & Dive

$6,551

$6,551

Asst. Girls Swim

$3,640

$3,640

Head Boys Tennis

$5,336

$5,336

JV Tennis

$2,732

$2,732

Head Cheerleading

$8,695

$8,695

JV Cheerleading

$5,945

$5,945

9th grade Cheerleading

$5,945

$5,945

MS Cheerleading 7th grade

$1,091

$1,091

MS Cheerleading 8th grade

$1,091

$1,091

Head Pom-Pon

$6,601

$6,601

Asst. Pom-Pon

$3,961

$3,961

Head Boys Basketball

$8,189

$8,189

JV Boys Basketball

$5,280

$5,280

9th grade Boys Basketball

$5,280

$5,280

HS Asst. Boys Basketball

$2,211

$2,211

MS Boys Basketball

$3,603

$3,603

MS Boys Basketball

$3,603

$3,603

Head Girls Basketball

$8,189

$8,189

JV Girls Basketball

$5,280

$5,280

9th grade Girls Basketball

$5,280

$5,280

HS Asst. Girls Basketball

$2,211

$2,211

MS Girls Basketball 7th grade

$3,603

$3,603

MS Girls Basketball 8th grade

$3,603

$3,603

Head Hockey

$5,724

$5,724

Head Boys Swim & Dive

$6,551

$6,551

Asst. Boys Swim & Dive

$3,640

$3,640

Head Wrestling

$6,741

$6,741

Asst. Wrestling

$4,368

$4,368

*Asst. Wrestling

$1,624

$1,624

MMS Wrestling

$2,647

$2,647

SMS Wrestling

$2,647

$2,647

Head Boys/Girls Ski

$4,368

$4,368

Asst. Boys/Girls Ski

$2,830

$2,830

MMS Boys/Girls Ski

$912

$912

SMS Boys/Girls Ski

$912

$912

MS Swim & Dive

$2,826

$2,826

Head Baseball

$6,741

$6,741

JV Baseball

$4,368

$4,368

9th grade Baseball

$4,368

$4,368

*Asst. Baseball

$2,679

$2,679

Head Softball

$6,741

$6,741

JV Softball

$4,368

$4,368

9th grade Softball

$4,368

$4,368

*Asst. Softball

$2,679

$2,679

Head Girls Track

$6,741

$6,741

Asst. Girls Track

$4,368

$4,368

Head Boys Track

$6,741

$6,741

Asst. Boys Track

$4,368

$4,368

Asst. Boys/Girls Track

$4,368

$4,368

MMS Boys Track

$3,056

$3,056

SMS Boys Track

$3,056

$3,056

MMS Girls Track

$3,056

$3,056

SMS Track Girls

$3,056

$3,056

Head Boys Golf

$4,105

$4,105

Asst. Golf

$1,538

$1,538

Head Girls Lacrosse

$4,601

$4,601

JV Girls Lacrosse

$2,556

$2,556

9th grade Girls Lacrosse

$2,556

$2,556

Head Girls Tennis

$5,336

$5,336

JV Girls Tennis

$2,732

$2,732

Head Girls Soccer

$5,604

$5,604

JV Girls Soccer

$3,238

$3,238

9th grade Girls Soccer

$3,238

$3,238

Asst. Soccer

$3,238

$3,238

Varsity Club

$1,823

$1,823

Specialized Service



HS Class Sponsor

$1,187

$3,492

Student Council

$1,084

$3,492

Elementary Choir

$2,073

$2,073

National Honor Society

$1,135

$1,135

Jr. National Honor Society

$621

$621

Drama:



Per approved production

$2,067

$2,067

MS Production

$621

$621

Forensics head coach

$2,901

$2,901

Forensics Asst. Coach

$579

$579

Debate head coach

$2,901

$2,901

Debate Asst. Coach

$579

$579

Other:



HS Band

$6,802

$6,802

HS Choir

$3,780

$3,780

MS Band

$3,590

$3,590

MS Choir

$2,073

$2,073

HS Yearbook

$2,945

$2,945

HS Newspaper

$2,945

$2,945

DECA

$2,066

$2,066

5th grade Camp

$448

$448

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Director of Education Policy Audrey Spalding describes her latest study on right-to-work law violations in public school contracts and suggests why districts and unions are ignoring the law.


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