Negotiations Seminar

Mark your calendar: 2018 Negotiations Seminar – February 8-9, 2018 – Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck

2017 Negotiations Seminar Highlights

The 2017 NDSBA Negotiations Seminar was held on February 9-10 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck.

Two early bird sessions were held on Thursday, February 9.

NDSBA’s superintendent evaluation template was presented during this session along with an overview of recommended procedures for completing the evaluation.  Advantages of the electronic evaluation were discussed by Ellendale Superintendent Jeff Fastnacht and Dan Martin of Rocky Mountain Evaluations, developer of the software program.

Rachel Bruner-Kaufman and Meredith Vukelic, Pearce Durick PLLC Law Firm, shared information on teacher nonrenewal procedures and the discharge process.

The NEGOTIATIONS SEMINAR was held on Friday, February 10. Topics covered were:

  • Negotiations Basics
  • State Budget Forecast for the 2017-19 Biennium
  • Reaction to the State Budget Forecast and Insights for School Districts
  • Negotiation Strategies–presented by board members of various size schools
  • How Paying Both Sides of TFFR Decreases Teachers’ Take-Home Pay and Social Security Retirement Benefits
  • Before First Negotiations Meeting: Planning Tips and Strategies
  • ND Education Fact Finding Commission and the Impasse Process
  • Legislative Update

In addition to NDSBA Executive Director Jon Martinson and General Counsel Anita Thomas, presenters who shared their information and experiences included:

Pam Sharp, Director, ND Office of Management and Budget
Dr. Paul Stremick, Superintendent, North Border School District, Walhalla
Holly Stromsodt, Finley-Sharon Board President
Bill Gion, Mott-Regent Board Member
Lisa Amundson, Richland Board President
Roger Johnson, Kenmare Board Member
Kim Bernstein, Bottineau Board Member
Jim Johnson, Fargo Board Member
Rachel Bruner-Kaufman, Pearce Durick PLLC Law Firm
Dean Rummel, Chair of ND Education Fact Finding Commission

Plan to attend the 2018 Negotiations Seminar on February 8-9, 2018.  We will again be at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck (701)258-7700.


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