ARTICLE XXII – NEGOTIATING PROCEDURES
A. At least sixty (60) days prior to the end of this Agreement, negotiations will be undertaken for the purpose of negotiating a successor Agreement.
B. During the course of negotiations when agreements are reached on separate Articles of the proposed contract, the agreed upon Articles shall be written, and signed or initialed by representatives of each team. Each team shall receive and maintain a copy of the agreed upon Article.
C. Special conferences on important matters concerning the administration of the contract shall be arranged between the Association President and a designated representative of the employer upon the request of either party. Such meetings shall be between not fewer than two (2) representatives of each party. Arrangements for such special conferences shall be made in advance by mutual agreement.
D. The parties are encouraged to meet once a month during the school year, excluding December. These meetings shall be used for communications and solving mutual problems. The Negotiations Chair and the Office of Human Resources shall develop a written agenda.
E. The terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement represent the full and complete understandings and commitments between the parties. This Agreement may be added to, deleted from or modified only through the voluntary mutual consent of the parties in a written Letter of Agreement.
F. All Letters of Agreement between the Association and Board Representatives shall be in writing, signed by two (2) representatives of each party, and shall become part of and subject to the provisions of this Agreement. If a Letter of Agreement is not incorporated into the successor agreement, it will terminate with the expiration of the current Master Agreement.
G. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be contrary to law, then such provision will be deemed valid only to the extent permitted by law; but all other provisions of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect. The parties will meet not later than ten (10) days after such holding for the purpose of renegotiating the provision(s) affected.
H. This Agreement shall supersede any rules, regulations, or practices of the Board which shall be contrary to or inconsistent with its terms. All individual teachers’ contracts shall be expressly subject to and consistent with the terms of this Agreement. Any individual contracts executed between the Board and the individual teacher shall be in the form provided in the Appendices.
I. The employer shall provide copies of this agreement to all teachers.
J. The policies of the Board, as they relate to rates of pay, wages, hours of employment, or other conditions of employment, shall, as of the date of this contract, be considered a part of this contract and they shall not be added to, subtracted from, or changed in any way without the mutual agreement of both parties.