Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting
Section 18 (2) of the Public Act 94 of 1979, The State School Aid Act, has been amended, which requires each school district and intermediate school district to post certain information on its website within 30 days after a board adopts it annual operating budget or any subsequent revision to that budget. The Annual Budget & Transparency Reporting is an opportunity to communicate to our community on how we utilize the resources that are provided to us.
I. The annual operating budget and subsequent budget revisions.
II. Using data that has already been collected and submitted to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), a summary of district expenditures for the most recent fiscal year for which they are available, expressed in the following two (2) pie charts which were provided for the general fund of the district by the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI):
(a) A chart of personnel expenditures broken down into the following subcategories:
- Salaries and Wages
- Employee benefit costs, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and long term care benefits.
- Retirement benefits costs
- All other personnel costs
(b) A chart of all district expenditures, broken into the following subcategories:
- Support Services
- Business and administration
- Operations and Maintenance
III. Links to all of the following:
- The current collective bargaining agreement for each bargaining unit
- Each health care benefits plan, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, disability, long-term care, or any other type of benefits that would constitute health care services, offered to any bargaining unit or employee in the district.
- The audit report of the audit conducted for the most recent fiscal year for which it is available.
IV. The total salary and a description and cost of each fringe benefit included in the compensation package for the superintendent of the district and for each employee of the district whose salary exceeds $100,000
V. The annual amount spent on dues paid to associations
VI. The annual amount spent on lobbying services
Board Approved Budgets
General Fund Projected 2016-2017 Budget
June Amended 2015-2016 General Fund Projected Budget
March Amended 2015-2016 General Fund Projected Budget
January Amended 2015-2016 General Fund Projected Budget
November Amended 2015-2016 General Fund Budget
June Amended 2014-2015 General Fund Budget
May Amended 2014-2015 General Fund Budget
April Amended 2014-2015 General Fund Budget
General Fund Amended 2014-2015 Budget
Personnel Expenditures & Current Operating Expenditures
Current Bargaining Agreements
Because our staff is hired through a third party vendor, there were no bargaining agreements.
Employer Sponsored Health Care Plans
Because our staff is hired through a third party vendor, we did not sponsor health care plans.
Audited Financial Statements
Medical Benefit Plan Bids
Because our staff is hired through a third party vendor, we did not request medical benefit plan bids.
Employee Compensation Information
District Paid Association Dues
There were no district paid association dues for 2015-2016.
District Paid Lobbying Costs
There were no district paid lobbying costs for 2015-2016.
Deficit Elimination Plan
The District has not incurred a deficit and was not required to file a deficit elimination plan with MDE.
District Credit Card Information
District Paid Out-of-State Travel Information
There were no out-of-state travel to report in 2015-2016.
District Procurement Policy
Expense Reimbursement Policy
What is a FOIA Request?
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MCL 15.231 - 15.246, provides for public access to certain public records, permits the charging of prescribed fees and deposits, and provides remedies and penalties for non-compliance. A person has a right to inspect, copy, or receive copies of certain requested public records. Some public records are permitted or required not to be disclosed. Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System is a public body that must comply with the FOIA. The District has established policy #8310, to implement the FOIA. For purposes of this policy, the terms outlined within these documents have the same meaning as defined in FOIA. Paper copies of this policy are available upon request by a visitor at the District's Administrative Building, located at 2441 Sanford Street, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444.
How Long Does it Take to Receive a FOIA Request?
Initial Response – Within 5 Business Days (Business days = consecutive weekdays, other than Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays, regardless of when the particular district is open for public business)
Ways Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System may respond:
grant the request;
issue a written denial notice;
grant the request in part and deny it in part; or
issue notice that extends the response time for no more than 10 business days. If Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System claims this extension, it must respond by granting or denying the request within 15 business days of receiving the initial request
Is There a Cost Involved with a FOIA Request?
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System may charge labor costs per the list below:
The actual cost of labor of employees searching for, locating, examining, separating exempt and non-exempt material, redacting material.
Hourly wage of lowest-paid employee who is capable of the work, regardless of who actually does the work
Charge in 15-minute increments rounded down
If a non-employee separates exempt and non-exempt material or does the redaction:
Maximum labor cost for those outsourced tasks = 6 times the state minimum wage
No charge allowed if redacted version already exists
Fringe benefit and overtime costs can be added.
Up to 50% to the applicable labor charge to cover the cost of fringe benefits associated with that labor
Overtime can only be included if “over time is specifically stipulated” by the requestor
The cost of postage and paper used in copies may be charged.
If requestor stipulates non-paper and the district has the technological capacity to comply, it must provide non-paper.
If there is a cost associated with producing such a record, the “actual and most reasonably economical cost” of the media may be charged.
If the paper is provided, the “actual total incremental cost” of the copies may be charged.
Limits – no more than 10 cents/sheet, utilizing double-sided printing if economical and available
If materials are mailed, they will be sent in a “reasonably economical and justifiable manner”
No charge for expedited mail or insurance unless stipulated by requestor
Deposits from requesters may be charged.
50/50 Rule – If the cost is estimated to be over $50, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System may charge a maximum deposit that is half of the total estimated fee.
Requestors with a history of nonpayment
If Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System has not been paid the costs of previous FOIA requests, it may require the requestor to make a 100% deposit before it begins fulfilling the request. See MCL 15. 234(11)-(13) for more details.