The following are just some interesting facts about the professional staff at HES.
71 teachers on pay scale
- 16 have Bachelor's degree or BA plus 15 graduate credits or BA plus 30 graduate credits
- 28 have Master's degree
- 7 have Master's degree plus 15 graduate credits
- 7 have Master's degree plus 30 graduate credits
- 13 have Master's degree plus 45 graduate credits (top)
71 teachers are offered health and dental care through district
Three different plans are offered to teachers. Teachers can be covered by themselves, or have a two person plan, or have a family plan. Premiums are based on the plan and how many covered. With family plans it doesn't matter if you have one child or seven children, it is still the same premium.
District only pays a certain amount ($1,140.00) per month for each employee (based on a driver). This is called "The Cap". If an employee has their family covered they can be spending anywhere from $7,615-$12,213 annually) Families with BCBS Anthem JY plan contribute 51.5% of the annual premium.
Only single "Matthew Thornton plan" teachers pay 10% of the annual premium.
Fallacy: Teachers get free health/dental care.
- 48 teachers take the health care offered by district
- 32 teachers take least expensive plan due to high premiums
- 32 are on two person or family plan
Most districts do not have a "cap" on their health care. Rather, the district and its employers share certain percentages of the plan. Amherst and Bedford share the cost with employees as much as 80%-90%.
We could lower the cost of health care if the whole district bought into using a "few" plans instead of many and different plans. We have asked for this to be researched and have been told "we are looking into it."
Example: A teacher with a Master's Degree on the 9th step of experience makes $50.623. If that teacher has a family plan, even the least expensive, $9,530.98 comes out of his/her salary next year. That is just the deduction for health. Add in deduction for mandatory retirement 5%, dental, federal, FICA and you have a very, lean paycheck. Yes, teachers have to pay into the NH retirement system AND Social Security.
Hollis Teachers rank 44th. in the state for salaries. This has dropped dramatically in the last five years.
Fallacy: Teachers just get to move to the next step by doing nothing!
Teachers must keep their certification current. Every three years, teachers must accrue 75 clock hours in various areas to keep their teaching certificate. If a teacher has more than one certification he/she must accrue 30 more clock hours in each of the other certification areas.
In order to achieve the 75 clock hours teachers can take college courses, attend workshops, serve on committees, etc. However, if a teacher receives enough graduate credits to make a horizontal move on the salary schedule they can only use those hours for the horizontal move - they may not "double dip" to receive certification. Once again, teachers can not just move to the next step or lane without doing a lot of hard work, which in turn impacts the instruction of students.
Fallacy: Teachers only work 186 days!
Yes, we are contracted to work 186 days, 7+ hours a day. When you take away weekend days, national holidays, we have 60 days in order to take classes, workshops, plan for next year, work on committees, etc. in order to keep our certification. Many teachers use those 10 weeks to work a second job.
Teachers also do not end their day at the regular 7+ hours. Normally you would see teachers working in school on the weekend, arriving to school 1 1/2 hours early or leaving 2 hours after school ends - not to include all of the work done at home.
Teachers pay taxes just like everyone else in their town of residence.
Teachers get one sick day per month. These can accrue, but cannot be "bought back" or shared with another staff member with a catastrophic illness.
Teachers have five bereavement days to be used when a member of their immediate family passes away.
Teachers receive three personal days, to be approved by administration, to attend to personal business which, because of their nature, must be attended to at a time when school is in session.