The Board and the Association believe that professional negotiation is basic to the development of a high level of morale and understanding on the part of all who are associated with the program of the schools. They further believe that:
- Staff competencies are crucial in the development of young lives and specialized training and proper utilization of these competencies is required in the fulfilling of this role.
- The greatest good to all associated with schools and the achievement of the highest objectives of the schools will be achieved when the parties approach each other in a frank and open manner with all discussions conducted in good faith by all parties involved.
- All the individuals employed by the schools are legitimately concerned with the development of policies, rules, and regulations affecting their particular responsibilities, and consultation and involvement of district personnel is an important means of promoting the welfare of the school district.
- Communication and understanding of the programs and policies of the schools will be advanced through the development of clearly recognized procedures for the involvement of those persons associated with the schools in the decision making process.The Board and the Association pledge their continuing efforts to provide the best possible educational opportunities for the boys and girls of the District and to follow in good faith the provisions agreed upon in this Agreement.
THIS AGREEMENT is made and entered into by and between the BOARD OF EDUCATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT #186, Sangamon County, Springfield, Illinois, hereinafter referred to as the “Board” and the SPRINGFIELD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, affiliated with the ILLINOIS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION and the NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, hereinafter referred to as the “Association”.