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This comprehensive how-to guide for aspiring and new superintendents provides examples and covers the full range of topics from preparation through strategic planning.

Working with Employee Groups
Working with employee groups

All superintendents must master negotiations, or collective bargaining, as it is more formally known. In almost every state, public school employees have the right to bargain wages, benefits, and working conditions. This right usually covers teachers, support staff, and, in some instances, administrators.

Employee compensation, including benefits and mandated employer costs, consumes between 85 percent and 95 percent of a district's unrestricted general fund expenditures. Employee work rules can affect student instruction and staff development. Your success in managing negotiations affects your success in achieving your goals and the district's educational mission.

Collective bargaining is not confined to negotiations. It includes your daily work with unions, the board, and staff. By mastering a wide range of complex and often interconnected ...

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