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Active participation in professional organizations by the staff should encourage professional growth. Consequently, the Board encourages staff members to become involved in a professional organization of their choosing.

St. Charles Education Association


Section 1:      President's Released Time

The president of the St. Charles Education Association shall be released one (1) hour a day from his or her normal teaching load. The Association will reimburse the district for that one (1) hour a day or the equivalent at the rate paid the current substitute.


Section 2:      Requests for Information

The Board agrees to furnish to the Association in response to reasonable written requests from time to time, specific public documents concerning the educational program, financial resources of the district and such other public information as is reasonably required to permit the Association to represent the teaching staff and to process any grievance or complaint. Information contained in Board minutes; contained in reports submitted to agencies or departments of the State of Missouri; and contained in reports to the federal government will be made available to the Association, provided that such reports are available to the public. However, personal information, not contained in such reports, will not be provided without written consent of each employee. Requests for such materials should be made to the assistant superintendent of human resources.


Section 3:      Use of Buildings

The Board will permit the Association, upon approval of the Association's written request, the use of school buildings at all reasonable times provided that use of the district's buildings shall be limited to its employees and authorized representatives of the NEA except as mutually agreed. And, provided further, that the Association shall reimburse the district for all reasonable costs incident to such use.


Section 4:      Authorized Representatives

Authorized representatives of the Association will be permitted to transact official Association business on district property at reasonable times providing that such business shall not interfere or interrupt school operations, teacher planning time, teacher instructional time or assigned supervision. Provided, further, that such representatives shall be required to report to the principal's office upon entering a particular facility. Association building representatives and grievance representatives shall not be precluded from conducting Association business during their planning periods.


Section 5:      Board Agenda

The Board will place on the agenda of regular Board meetings items referred to it by the Association. Such items must be submitted to the superintendent for approval at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. However, the Board retains the right to determine the number of such items that it will consider and the length of discussion of each item.

The Association will be provided with the background information provided to Board members prior to regular Board meetings. Such background information will be available on the Friday preceding each regular Board meeting. The Association will review the information and if it disagrees with any recommendation or provision, must provide the superintendent and each Board member with the factual basis for disagreement by the Tuesday preceding the regular Board meeting.


Section 6:      Association Leave

It is also agreed that the St. Charles Education Association will reimburse the district for substitute's pay for any teacher who is involved in Association business on school time if a substitute is in fact hired. However, at no time will more than 15 teachers be permitted to be absent from school at the same time on Association business. The only exception is the annual state meeting. The determination of the number of delegates to the Association state meeting will be done on the basis of the ratio of one delegate for each 25 Association members.


Section 7:      Mail Boxes and Interschool Mail

The Association will be permitted to use the interschool mail facilities and the school mail boxes in communicating with certificated employees.


Section 8:      Bulletin Boards

A bulletin board will be reserved in each school for the exclusive use of the Association.


Section 9:      Right of Association

Certificated employees have the right to join or refrain from joining any professional organization. Membership in an organization will not be the basis for discriminatory treatment or disciplinary action.


Section 10:    Notification of Vacancies

The Association will receive copies of all certificated vacancy notices. The assistant superintendent of human resources will send the notices to the person and address supplied by the Association, after each Association election.

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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted:       10/14/1993

St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri


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