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Kindergarten Teacher $67,640

Elementary School Teacher $71,380

Middle School Teacher $71,400

High School Teacher $73,090

PE Teacher $44,140

There is a snap shot of Stoneham a town similar to Melrose. Taymore likes to use schools that have ZERO similarities, typically schools in towns with much larger incomes. I find that concerning. We need real facts and real information. Money is not the issue. Ratio cannot be an issue when Melrose is below all averages and it has just become certain Yes voters preferences to have only 20 kids in a class. I heard complaints about a 2 student increase. 22 students still under the average. Spacing is driving teachers out? We did the PODS, how much for those? The Insurance increases from lawsuits, sorry to bring up the issue but it has cost millions. What is the issue? Mismanagement, no plan, poor leadership?

Someone posted about the highest increase in MCAS testing after the last override failed.

Someone voting yes explain that? Sorry but NO on the override.

Average Teacher Salaries (2017 from DOE Massachusetts site). The # is for the district.

Wakefield: $73,902

Stoneham: $72,302

Winchester: $75,752

Lynnfield: $84,173

Malden: $84,284

Melrose: $65,383.

Compare what towns you want to Melrose re: teacher salaries, but the fact remains that for similar communities of adjacent or nearby towns, Melrose is considerably lower.

If you want to do the the MCAS per teacher salary ratio metric, Melrose is in the top two of the communities listed. Only Winchester is better. Divide the MCAS #’s For Exceeds/Advanced + Proficient by teacher salary. Numbers suggest that the Melrose teachers are doing a pretty good job here and not the “bottom of the barrel” as some of you ill informed posters state.

I am tired of hearing teachers in Melrose are overpaid or their pay is similar to other communities and also that they are not as good as those in other communities.

MPS teachers pay significantly less for their health insurance portion than teachers in other cities and towns. Melrose taxpayers pay a much larger part of teacher health insurance costs. Less $ for health insurance is part of teacher compensation. All teachers deserve more money but Melrose teachers are not getting “less” than educators in other places when what they pay for health insurance is reviewed.

Also, let’s look a the steps and lanes salary levels for teachers for comparable towns such as reading and Stoneham at the M-30 level. We are basically at the same amount. The reason why the “average is lower” is because Melrose had a wave of retirement a few years back according to the superintendent. As a result 30 percent of teachers are in the first three years and 70 percent have been their less than 10 years.The suggestion they leave at a higher rate than state averages after a few years is nonsense. Again, look at the steps and lanes increases for comparable communities and then add in the overly generous health care contributions. Not sure why Yes supporters continue to use the same scare tactics playbook that the hard working people of Melrose see through. Probably explains why the override is currently projected to lose by a 3-1 margin.

Let's adjust/add for the added insurance to come up with a total amount that each town compensates it's average teacher (salary + ins.).

Recall the average salaries:

Wakefield: $73,902

Stoneham: $72,302

Winchester: $75,752

Lynnfield: $84,173

Malden: $84,284

Melrose: $65,383.

Now the premiums amount for each town:

Wakefield: 75%

Stoneham: 80%

Winchester: 75%

Melrose: 84%

(this data is from another MM post - I have not verified)

According to the GIC rate sheet for state employees, https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/10/12/GIC_Rate%20Sheet%20FY19_Active.pdf, the most expensive family plan, is $668.38 at 25% Premium, meaning that each month a family pays that for their insurance, at 75% of the total premium is paid for by the state. Now these rates are not necessarily what the individual towns/city employee pays, but they are probably close. Also different plans have different rates for family, so you could do the analysis I present below and any one of them, but the ultimate trend will be the same

If a 25% of total premium is paid by the employee, than the total premium is 4*668.38 per month or $2673.52. Multiply that by 12 and now you have ~$32,000 year.

Now that we have a number to work with, lets look at the final compensation package for the above four towns.

Melrose would pay 84% or 32,000 or $26,950 for insurance and $65,383 salary for a grand total compensation package of: $95,332

Wakefield would pay 75% of 32,000 or $24,000 insurance and $73,902 salary for a grand total of $97,902.

Stoneham would pay 80% of $32,000 or $25,600 for insurance and $72,302 salary for a grand total of $97,902

And finally, Winchester would pay 75%of $32,000 or $24,000 and $75,752 salary for a grand total of $99,752.

So even with the insurance cost adjustment, Melrose teachers are still compensated less than their neighboring towns.

Also, let’s look a the steps and lanes salary levels for teachers for comparable towns such as reading and Stoneham at the M-30 level. We are basically at the same amount at the M-30 lane. The reason why the “average is lower” is because Melrose had a wave of retirement a few years back according to the superintendent. As a result 30 percent of teachers are in the first three years and 70 percent have been their less than 10 years.The suggestion they leave at a higher rate than state averages after a few years is nonsense.

That so-called "wave of retirement" was Taymore forcing out teachers over 45 (most not actually retirement age or even wanting to retire) with her big toolbox of intimidation and harassment techniques. That's when the district lost great teachers like the legendary Dr. Peterson and brought in a bunch of bottom-rung C- rookies who didn't stand a chance of being hired by more respectable districts. As soon as those low performers have gotten their Melrose-taxpayer-paid master's degree along with their requisite first three years of experience, they've booked it to better-paying districts, appearing to be more qualified, when in fact they are just the repackaged low performers (just like those many administrators who've made their leaps into their Peterson Principle advancements up the chain of highly paying positions as they pass through the Melrose revolving door). Melrose parents are so naive and have no idea that their children are getting a truly sub-par education here.