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Marion, Centre teacher take-home pay are average in county

Staff writer

Base pay rates for first-year teachers and out-of-pocket health insurance costs vary from one county school district to another, with the net pay for a first-year teacher with family health insurance ranging nearly $5,000 per year.

Peabody-Burns is at the bottom of the scale and Hillsboro is at the top.

Whether the pay difference makes a difference in recruitment of teachers is anyone’s guess.

Hillsboro schools’ base pay for a first-year teacher is $35,950.

The district offers insurance plans with $650, $1,300, and $2,000 deductibles.

Hillsboro Superintendent Max Heinrichs said the district pays in full for an employee’s $1,300 deductible plan.

For a family plan with $2,000 deductible, the employee pays an additional $613 per month, or $7,356 per year.

A first-year teacher paying for the highest-deductible family plan makes a gross income of $28,594.

“We try to look at what the schools are paying on the I-70 corridor and we can’t pay what they pay,” Heinrichs said.

Heinrichs said school districts communicate with one another and find ways to work together as much as possible.

“We’re not competing with anybody,” Heinrichs said. “We put out our openings and we’ve always been lucky, we’ve gotten quality people, some coming home and some top of the game.”

Peabody-Burns’ base pay for a first-year teacher is $32,200.

The district offers insurance plans with $650, $1,300, and $2,000 deductibles.

The district pays a portion of a single insurance plan with a $2,000 deductible, and the employee pays $65 per month, or $780 per year.

For a family plan with a $2,000 deductible, the employee pays $709 per month, or $8,508 per year.

A first-year teacher paying for the highest-deductible family plan makes a gross income of $23,692.

Peabody-Burns Superintendent Ron Traxson said teachers who really want to make the most money wouldn’t come to Marion County, but instead to a larger district.

“As far as with us being a district that’s in decline, that’s something you have to plan for,” Traxson said. “Currently with the base state aid going up that kind of balances things.”

The district is looking to be more competitive, he said.

“I think there are a lot of things we offer,” he said. “We want to get our salary up, but we’ll never pay what Wichita or Newton pays.”

He echoed Heinrichs’ outlook that county school districts don’t compete.

“We’re just going to go with the best we can get,” Traxson said.

Marion-Florence USD 408 base pay is $35,750.

Business manager Jordan Metro said the district offers insurance plans with $650, $1,300, and $2,000 deductibles.

The district pays for the highest deductible single plan. The employee pays the difference for a family plan.

The employee pays $644 per month for the highest deductible family plan, or $7,728 per year.

A first-year teacher paying for the highest-deductible family plan makes a gross income of $27,522 in Marion.

Goessel schools’ base pay for a first-year teacher is $34,090.

Goessel also offers three deductible choices ranging from $650 to $2,000.

The district pays for the highest deductible single plan, district clerk Joni Smith said. The employee pays the difference for a family plan. The employee pays $644 per month for the highest deductible family plan, or $7,728 per year.

A first-year teacher paying for the highest-deductible family plan makes a gross income of $26,362.

At Centre schools, base pay is $35,396.

Francie Mueller in the district office said the district offers one health insurance plan with a $1,000 deductible.

The district pays the cost of the employee plan, and the out-of-pocket cost for a family plan depends on which of three options the employee chooses.

They can choose an employee and children plan for an additional $461.89 per month.

They can choose an employee and spouse plan for an additional $503.54 per month

They can choose family coverage for an additional $955.64 per month, or $11,467.68 per year.

A first-year teacher paying for family coverage makes a gross income of $23,928.32 per year.

Last modified Oct. 5, 2017

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