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H: Negotiations

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(This section on negotiations is confined to professional employees negotiating under the professional employee’s negotiations law, KSA 72-5413 et seq.) 
 
HAA Legal Status 
HAB Goals and Objectives -KSA 72-5413 et seq. 
HAC (See HAB) Scope of Negotiations (See HAI) 
HAE (See HAB) Board Negotiating Agents 
HAF (See HAB) Superintendent's Role 
HAHBA (See HAB) Use of School Facilities -KSA 72-8212(d) 
HAHBB (See HAB) Use of School Equipment 
HAI Negotiations Procedures -KSA 72-5413 

HAJ Preliminary Agreement Disposition 
HAK (See HAJ) Ratification Procedures 
HAL Announcement of Agreement 
HAN Slowdowns 


HAA  Legal Status

The board shall negotiate with its professional employees as provided by law.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAB  Goals and Objectives

Professional negotiations are for the purpose of determining the terms and conditions of employment as defined by law.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAC  Scope of Negotiations   (See HAI)

Negotiations shall cover only topics that are mandatorily negotiable under current law.  The board reserves the right to negotiate any topic the board deems in the best interest of the district.

Updated:  August 9, 2004

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAE  Board Negotiating Agents

The board shall select as its agents those persons the board feels will best represent the interests of the district.

Each year the board shall designate its agents for the purpose of negotiating during the current school year.  The superintendent and the board president shall make recommendations to the board in regard to who shall be the chief negotiator for the board and other members of the negotiation team.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAF  Superintendent's Role

The superintendent shall not be the chief negotiator for the board.  The superintendent shall only act in an advisory capacity.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAHBA  Use of School Facilities

School facilities shall be made available for negotiating sessions.

School facilities for negotiating sessions shall be made available without cost to  the NEA-Hutchinson.  If the representatives of the NEA-Hutchinson wish to negotiate in facilities not furnished by the board, none of the costs of any other facilities shall be paid for by the board.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAHBB  Use of School Equipment

The board may make school equipment available for negotiating sessions.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAI  Negotiations Procedures

The time, place, duration, notification, agenda and rules of order shall be as agreed by the board team and NEA-Hutchinson team.

Distribution of Information

Board distribution of information concerning negotiating sessions shall be discretionary with the board.

Research Assistance

Upon request, the board shall furnish to the association any information which is public record.  The board may agree to furnish other information in a form determined by the board.

Minutes and Records

The board's team shall keep reasonably detailed minutes and records of all negotiating sessions.

Reporting to Staff and Board

The board's team shall keep the board fully advised at all times as to the status of negotiations.  The board shall report to the staff such information as the board deems advisable.

Reporting to the Media and Public

The board reserves the right to release information to the media and public regarding negotiations.

Minutes and Records

One member of the board's team shall be designated to keep reasonably detailed minutes and records of all negotiating sessions.  Following each session, a person shall transcribe the minutes and notes and distribute the minutes to the board.

Reporting to the Staff and Board

The board shall, through the superintendent, be fully advised as to the status of the negotiating sessions.  The board shall be furnished copies of the minutes and records of each session.  The board shall, through the superintendent, report to the staff information as the board deems advisable.

Reporting to the Media and Public

Before any school board news release or statement on negotiations to the press and public is made, the release shall be prepared by the chief negotiator and the superintendent and approved by the president of the board.  If the president of the board is unavailable, the vice-president of the board shall make the determination, and if he is also unavailable, the superintendent shall make the determination.  No other person authorized to release to the public or press, on behalf of the board, any information in regard to negotiations.

Research Assistance

Information not currently available in the form requested by the association, at the discretion of the board, may be supplied if the association reimburses the board for any additional expenses. (See CN)

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAJ  Preliminary Agreement Disposition

All tentative agreements shall be reported to the board.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAK Ratification Procedures

The board will not engage in piecemeal ratification of agreements.  The board will not take action on the total "package of agreements" until after the NEA-Hutchinson has acted upon the same package of agreements.  If after the completion of impasse procedures, the board and teachers' association have not reached agreement, the board shall take action to conclude the matter as provided by law.

All tentative or preliminary agreements shall be placed in one package and presented to the board for its consideration.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAL Announcement of Agreement

The board may announce its ratification of the agreement.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed:  November 1, 2013

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HAN Slowdowns    HAN

If any district teachers engage in a practice commonly known as a "slowdown," the board shall immediately direct the superintendent and other administrators to investigate the situation and report back to the board instances in which a teacher is not performing in accordance with the terms of the contract.  The board shall take whatever action may be deemed appropriate, including termination of the teacher.

Approved: October 12, 1998 
Reviewed:  November 1, 2013 

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