The Redford Union Schools superintendent is defending contract moves made last year by the district after a recent report by a public policy think tank questioned the decision.
A recent report by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based policy think tank, published a report July 19 stating the contract between the teacher's union and the district for 2010 through 2013 provides an additional two steps for pay for the 2012-2013 school year, whereas many districts have only 12. Teachers earn an increase in pay for every year they serve, until they reach the highest step.
The report points to the raises, even though the district remains in a budget deficit. Supt. Ron Stoneman said the district offered additional steps in the most recent teacher's contract to help settle a lawsuit going through the Michigan legal system during the last negotiation cycle.