222 - Negotiations

The board shall authorize the superintendent to have the authority to represent the board in the phases of collective bargaining including, but not limited to, reaching a tentative agreement.  Only the board has the authority to ratify master labor agreements.

Negotiations between the certified and classified bargaining units and its members shall be directed to the superintendent.  Individual board members shall not be contacted directly by members of or representatives for, the bargaining units concerning issues relating to the negotiation process.

The board, in conjunction with the superintendent, shall determine the composition of the board's bargaining team.

The board shall set the parameters and goals for the negotiations.  Periodic strategy sessions shall be considered with the entire board to maintain open communications between the board and its chief spokesperson.  Strategy sessions are exempt from the open meetings law.



Legal Reference:  Burlington Community School District v. PERB, 268 N.W.2d 517 (Iowa 1978).
                                    Iowa Code §§ 20.17; 21.9 (2003).
                                    621 I.A.C. 6.
                                    1982 Op. Att'y Gen. 162.

Cross Reference:  213      Closed Sessions
                                    400      Role of and Guiding Principles for Employees

Approved 11/01/2004                           Reviewed 07/17/2006                                       Revised 01/18/2016