Employee benefits represent a great part of your total compensation. Mingus Union High School offers a benefit package that provides our employees the benefits as outlined below.
Health, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance are only available to eligible employees. To be eligible for full benefits, an employee must work 30 hours or more per week; for partial benefits, an employee must work 20 to 30 hours per week. Temporary and substitute employees are not eligible for insurance benefits.
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Medical insurance is through Kairos; the provider is UMR. The district offers three plans: Co-Pay, HDHP $1,500, and HDHP $5,000. Employees may elect to purchase dependent coverage. For 2022–2023, the district pays as follows per employee towards monthly medical premium: full-time employees working 30 or more hours per week get $657, and part-time employees working 20 to 30 hours per week get $262.50.
The district offers dental insurance through Delta Dental at no cost for single coverage for full-time employees, and 50% of the single premium for employees working between 20 to 30 hours per week. Employees may elect to purchase dependent coverage.
MetLife provides basic life at no cost to all employees working over 20 hours per week. The benefit amount is $50,000 for all eligible employees. You automatically receive the basic life coverage. It is your responsibility to keep your beneficiary designation up to date.
Mutual of Omaha provides short-term disability at no cost to all employees working over 20 hours per week. The elimination period is 30 days, and benefit percent is 66.6% of average salary up to $1,000 per week.
The District offers vision insurance through VSP at no cost for single coverage for full-time employees and 50% of the single premium for employees working between 20 to 30 hours per week. Employees may elect to purchase dependent coverage. Employees may choose either the basic plan or buy-up for progressive lens.
TSA Accounts - 403(b) and 457(b)
TSA Consulting provides administration of the 403(b) and 457(b) plans. Mingus offers a number of tax-deferred accounts as well as Roth accounts. Note that each investment product has specific provisions and advantages associated with its use.
Arizona State Retirement System
Regular employees working 20 hours or more per week must participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). ASRS also provides long-term disability. The current (2022–2023) combined participation rate is 12.17% of gross pay deducted before taxes. The district matches this deduction and submits to ASRS every payroll. New employees must electronically enroll in ASRS within one week of employment.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
ComPsych is available to all employees, full and part time. They provide guidance and confidential counseling for you and your family. This service is free, confidential, and easy to obtain.
Additional Optional Benefits
- Supplemental Life
- Prepaid Legal/Identity Theft
- Pet Insurance
- Automatic Payroll Deductions for Arizona State Tax Credit
Optional Benefits Forms and Information
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Full-time certificated teachers shall receive 10 days of PTO per school year. Full-time support staff shall earn one day of PTO for each month worked. Part-time support staff and substitute teachers shall accrue one hour of PTO for every thirty hours worked up to 40 hours of paid leave per year. Any PTO not used in the fiscal year will roll over into the employee's sick leave. Employees may only use sick pay if PTO is exhausted with approval of the superintendent.
Sick Leave Buy Back
Effective 7/1/20 all employees can be paid for up to 90 days of their sick leave upon termination with the district. The calculation is as follows:
- Annualized Salary x Multiplier x # of Accrued Sick Days (up to 90)
- Annualized Salary is base salary. It is the primary position only and does not include stipends, Proposition 301, extra duty, or overtime.
- Multiplier is based on years of consecutive employment:
- 0.05% after five years 0.1% after 10 years
- 0.125% after 15 years 0.15% after 20 years
- Example: $40,000 x 0.15% = $60 per day
Extended Illness Benefit
Twelve-month personnel shall earn ten days of vacation each year for the first four years of service. Beginning with the fifth year, fifteen days will be allowed annually and the tenth year, twenty days. The maximum allowable unused vacation days that may carry forward at the close of the calendar year, (December 31) is twenty days. Upon resignation or retirement, the employee will be paid for the number of days that have accrued up to the separation date.
Twelve-month employees are entitled to the following paid holidays:
- Martin Luther King Day
- Presidents Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve (observed December 23)
- Christmas Day (observed December 26)
- New Year's Eve (observed December 30)
- New Year's Day (observed January 2)
Payroll Deductions for Insurance