Superintendent John Severson, the Harper Creek Board of Education, and their lawyer, Ray Davis have chosen to make teacher insurance costs THE main issue at the current bargaining table. Most people read and hear about insurance costs as a real problem for employers. Fortunately, due to the State of Michigan's requirement that schools report income and cost data annually, we can look at the trend for Harper Creek Community Schools instructional health costs over time. A look at this most recent data as reported by Superintendent John Severson to the state reveals the following trend.
Teacher insurance costs were 8.86% of expenditures in 2004-2005. Compare that to 9.35% in 2008-09 and this trend shows that health insurance costs are really no more of a burden now than before. Compared to five years ago, it's still approximately 9 cents on the dollar to pay for our negotiated health care benefits.