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KASB attorneys provide training and resources to help board members understand their role and responsibility both as a board of education, and individually as board members. They keep you up-to-date on new and emerging legal developments and provide timely information and training on “hot topics” that arise throughout the school year. As a KASB member, you can schedule KASB attorneys to provide legal training for board members, administrators and staff. KASB staff attorneys are frequent presenters at state association meetings and conferences and provide onsite staff development and whole board trainings.

Negotiations Training:

KASB Legal Staff provides generalized training in negotiations to all members. In addition, a wide-range of legal support is available to members of the KASB Legal Assistance Fund. This full-service starts with negotiation preparation and concludes with the drafting of the final agreement.

Recent changes made to the Professional Negotiations Act requires yearly training for those selected to represent the local board and the professional employees’ organization. Beginning in January offers three levels of training that meet these requirements. KASB staff will also conduct onsite training, either for individual teams or for several teams in your area/region.

What does the training involve?

KASB’s negotiations training is conducted by experienced KASB legal staff who are also professional negotiators. All training includes the following outcomes:

  • Mandatory and permissive negotiation topics;
  • Impasse procedures;
  • Strategies for boards;
  • How to negotiate salaries;
  • Recommended contract language.
  • Depending on the length of training, additional content and support provided.

Specialize Assistance for Legal Assistance Fund Members

  • Sample language for negotiated agreement
  • Personalized Review of master contract and assistance with March 31 notice letter
  • Review of proposals
  • Strategy recommendations
  • Research
  • Chief negotiator services
  • Onsite representation as part of the board team
  • Onsite training for board teams
  • Consultation with full board prior to development of March 31 notice letter (executive session by phone or onsite).

Labor Relations:

Labor relations can be influenced by federal and state laws, regulations, court decisions, board policy, negotiated agreements and district customs and practices. KASB provides services and information to assist boards in developing sound labor-management practices. This includes:

  • Conducting negotiations: impasse procedures, representation at hearings, contract analysis, telephone inquiry and research data
  • Hiring and employment interviews.
  • Job descriptions, evaluations, terminations.
  • Prevention of discrimination and sexual harassment claims.