Local school officials attend seminar on collective bargaining

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana School Boards Association and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents jointly sponsored a collective bargaining seminar Feb. 7 at the Renaissance-Indianapolis North Hotel.

This one-day seminar helped public school board members, superintendents and other school administrators better understand all aspects of the school negotiation process.

Larry Kleeman, president of the Tell City-Troy Township School Board, attended the training session and seminar.

Session titles were “The Latest From the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board” by Sarah Cudahy, Indiana Education Employment Relations Board general counsel, Patrick Mapes, chairman, and Dennis Brooks, consultant.

“Analysis of the 2013 Indiana Education Employment Relations Board Decisions” was discussed by David Day and Amy Matthews of Church, Church, Kittle and Antrim. “Tackling Issues Outside the Master Contract: Reduction-in-Force, Summer School Pay and Other Language Provisions" was given by Susan Traynor Chastain of Bose, McKinney, and Evans Alien Bourff, Superintendent of Richmond Community Schools.

Alesia Stewart, executive director of human resources of Richmond Community Schools, Robert Coddington, Director of Business Affairs of the Richmond Community Schools discussed “The Bargaining Process; Lessons Learned.”

Dennis Chambers, superintendent of Cowan Community School Corp., and James Hanna, superintendent of Rossville Consolidated School District, discussed “New Compensation Models.”

The seminar updated board members and administrators on the new collective-bargaining practices in order to provide a sound foundation for the board’s bargaining team and practical application of the knowledge gained.