2020 PROPOSED STANDING RULES (to be approved by Delegate Assembly)
Government Affairs Committee Resolutions Report
Printable GAC Resolutions Report
NDSBA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) met on August 31, 2020, to act on resolutions for consideration by the Delegate Assembly. Participating committee members were: Jim Johnson, Chair (Fargo); Shane Aadness (Stanley); Susie Carlson (Northern Cass); Sonya Hansana (Hazen); Dianne Hensen (Glenburn); Karl Lembke (Bismarck); Lisa Maki (Garrison); Holly Stromsodt (Finley-Sharon); and Lauren Vengels (Minot-MAFB).
Resolutions remain as standing resolutions for four years unless significant legislative or staff action prompt an earlier review. At the end of four years, they are dropped unless readopted by the Delegate Assembly. One new resolution was submitted by the NDSBA Board of Directors. Following are recommendations of the GAC:
RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE FOUR YEARS OLD AND RECOMMENDED FOR READOPTION AS WRITTEN
- STATE AID FOR GROWING SCHOOL DISTRICTS. NDSBA shall support legislation that modifies the Foundation Aid Program to allow the use of fall enrollment to provide adequate state support to districts with increasing enrollment.
Adopted in 2012; readopted in 2016.
- STATE FUNDING OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS. NDSBA supports the state ensuring program funding equity and full funding of special education costs to districts including gifted and talented education and to provide a permanent mechanism for the distribution of any surplus special education dollars.
Adopted in 2004; readopted in 2008 and 2012; amended and readopted in 2016.
- COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. NDSBA shall oppose legislation mandating school boards to collectively bargain with employees other than those currently required by 15.1-16-01: “…public school employee(s) licensed to teach by the ESPB or approved to teach by the ESPB and employed primarily as a classroom teacher.”
Adopted in 2008; readopted in 2012 and 2016.
- STATE TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION. NDSBA believes the cost of maintaining, supporting, and enhancing this system should continue to be financed with state dollars and there should be no transfer of the cost associated with this network back to the local school districts.
Adopted in 2004; readopted in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
- BUSINESS MANAGER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM. School boards support the Business Manager Certificate Program by providing financial support through the use of school district funds to encourage business managers to participate in this voluntary professional development opportunity.
Adopted in 2012; readopted in 2016.
- SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. NDSBA shall work with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and the North Dakota Congressional Delegation to encourage the USDA to amend their federal regulations related to the School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and “a la carte” food sales to allow for local control.
Adopted in 2012; amended and readopted in 2016.
- POSTING OF BILLS IN AN ALTERNATE FORMAT. NDSBA shall support state law changes to allow school districts the flexibility to post their bills using an electronic format such as the district’s Website.
Adopted in 2004; amended and readopted in 2008; readopted in 2012 and 2016.
NEW RESOLUTION RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION
Submitted by NDSBA Board of Directors:
A resolution stating that NDSBA shall support legislation that would require and/or encourage contract negotiations to be pursued in good faith, diligently, and within a reasonable period of time in order to have an agreement reached between the school board and recognized representative organization by a specified deadline or impasse will be automatically declared.
WHEREAS, North Dakota Century Code § 15.1-16-13 requires the board of a school district or its representatives and a representative organization or its representatives to negotiate in good faith if so requested by either entity;
WHEREAS, Good-faith negotiations must begin no later than the thirtieth day after the representative organization is recognized by the board of the school district unless otherwise mutually agreed;
WHEREAS, School districts approve budgets during the month of July and shall provide to the county auditor in each county in which the taxing district has taxable property on or before August tenth of each year a preliminary budget statement, which it may not increase or decrease after October 10 of the current fiscal year;
WHEREAS, Drawing out or delaying the negotiating process will negatively impact a district’s ability to be fiscally responsible to both its students and its taxpayers;
WHEREAS, Beginning a school year without teachers or administrators under contract may negatively impact students, staff, and the district as a whole;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NDSBA shall support legislation that would make appropriate amendments to the negotiation process set forth in NDCC Chapter 15.1-16 and any other relevant provisions of the NDCC that would require and/or encourage negotiations to be pursued in good faith, diligently, and within a reasonable period of time in order to have an agreement reached between the school board and recognized representative organization by a specified deadline or impasse will be automatically declared.
2020 Virtual Delegate Assembly Participation Information and Timeline
- September 1: Resolutions approved by the GAC made available for review above. Newly submitted resolutions will be considered individually during the Delegate Assembly. Older resolutions up for re-adoption will be considered as a group.
- Any delegate wishing to pull an old resolution up for re-adoption for individual consideration should submit their request in writing to Linnae Brew at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Central Time on October 1. Delegates wishing to pull a resolution for separate consideration should be prepared to speak to their rationale during Delegate Assembly.
- Any delegate wishing to propose an amendment to any resolution should submit that amendment in writing to Linnae Brew at email@example.com by 5 p.m. Central Time on October 1. Delegates proposing amendments should be prepared to speak to their rationale during Delegate Assembly.
- October 7: Any proposed amendments will be posted to the website above. Delegates should review the amendments prior to Delegate Assembly.
- October 19 at 4 p.m.: Delegate Assembly training session.
- October 26 (and later when necessary): Delegate Assembly login information will be emailed to delegates and business managers.
- October 30 by NOON Central Time: Deadline to swap alternates for delegates.
- October 30 at 3 p.m. Central Time: Delegate Assembly takes place.
Government Affairs Committee Members:
- Jim Johnson, Chair; Fargo
- Holly Stromsodt, Finley-Sharon
- Karl Lembke, Bismarck
- Shane Aadness, Stanley
- Susie Carlson, Northern Cass
- Sonya Hansana Hazen
- Roger Haut, Jamestown
- Dianne Hensen, Glenburn
- Lisa Maki, Garrison
- Lauren Vengels, Minot-MAFB