Policy HA: Negotiations-- Goals

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is understood to be the negotiating authority for negotiations with recognized employee bargaining units.

The Amherst School Committee, Pelham School Committee, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee recognize that education is a public trust; they therefore are dedicated to providing the best possible educational opportunities for the young people in our communities.  In negotiations, this objective may be best attained if there is a climate of mutual trust and understanding between the negotiating parties.

Each employee bargaining unit negotiates for staff working in the Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Districts. 

The Regional School Committee is the negotiating authority for all three School Committees (Amherst Elementary, Pelham Elementary, and Amherst-Pelham Regional) and will make the necessary decisions during the negotiation process. The Regional School Committee includes members from the Elementary School Committees of all four member towns in the Regional District (Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury, and Leverett). When making decisions during the negotiation process, the Regional School Committee will take into consideration the educational interests of all students and parent/guardians in the Amherst, Pelham, and Regional School Districts.  The Regional School Committee will also consider the financial and other interests of all of the member towns in the Regional District in their decisions during negotiations.

The Amherst School Committee, Pelham School Committee, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee believe that the best interests of public education will be served by establishing procedures that provide an orderly method for the Regional School Committee and representatives of the staff to discuss matters of common concern.

It is further recognized that nothing in negotiations will compromise the Amherst, Pelham, or Regional School Committees’ legal responsibilities nor will any employee's statutory rights and privileges be impaired.

LEGAL REF:

MGL 150:E1

 
Region Voted to Approve: 10/25/11
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve:
Effective Date:
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