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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.
Chapter 8: Negotiating Agreements
In Chapter 7 you learned about working with unions and collective bargaining. Now the focus is on leading your first union negotiations as superintendent. You understand collective bargaining is not just about employees' compensation needs and the ability of the district to pay for them. It is about improving the quality of education provided to students while balancing the needs of employees, parents, and the community. This is no easy task.
Becoming a skilled negotiator takes time. The work outlined in the previous chapter informs and influences what happens at the table. Each cycle brings new insights and better ways to negotiate. What you learn, or fail to learn, along the way will impact your relationships with staff and the unions.
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