At Dickinson Public Schools We Believe:
- Positive and respectful school environments are essential for learning.
- The quality of the school directly influences the quality of the community within which we live.
- The student shall be at the center of all educational decisions.
- Every student can learn at high levels.
- It is the responsibility of the school district to prepare the learners for the 21st century.
- Effective teachers are the key to student success.
Documents regarding negotiations with Dickinson School Board and Teachers
North Dakota Century Codes:
As used in this chapter:
1. “Administrator” means an individual who is employed by the board of a public school
district primarily for administration of a school or schools of the district and who
devotes at least fifty percent of the individual’s time in any one year to the duties of
administration of the school or schools of the district.
2. “Negotiating unit” means:
a. A group of administrators having common interests, common problems, a
common employer, or a history of common representation, which warrants that
group being represented by a single representative organization in negotiations
with the board of a school district; or
b. A group of teachers having common interests, common problems, a common
employer, or a history of common representation, which warrants that group
being represented by a single representative organization in negotiations with the
board of a school district.
3. “Representative organization” means an organization authorized by a negotiating unit
to represent the members of the unit in negotiations with a school board.
4. “Strike” means any concerted work stoppage, slowdown, or withholding of contracted
5. “Teacher” means a public school employee licensed to teach by the education
standards and practices board or approved to teach by the education standards and
practices board and employed primarily as a classroom teacher.
15.1-16-10. Negotiating unit – Formation.
A group of teachers or a group of administrators employed by the board of a public school
district may form a negotiating unit by filing with the board a description of the job groupings or
positions that constitute the negotiating unit. Upon receipt of the description, the board shall
accept or reject the proposed negotiating unit. If the board accepts the negotiating unit, the
teachers or the administrators within the unit may designate or select a representative
organization as provided for in section 15.1-16-11.
15.1-16-11. Representative organization – Selection.
1. a. If an organization is interested in representing a group of teachers or a group of
administrators, the organization may file with the board of a school district a
petition asserting that the organization represents a majority of the teachers or
the administrators included within a negotiating unit.
b. The petition must be accompanied by evidence substantiating the assertion
contained in it.
c. Within ten days after receiving the petition, the board of the school district shall
post notice of its intent to consider the petition in each school wherein the
members of the negotiating unit are employed.
d. No sooner than ten nor later than twenty days after posting the notice of intent to
consider the petition, the board shall investigate the petition, determine the
question of representation, and post notice of its determination in each school
wherein the members of the negotiating unit are employed.
e. If the petition is not contested, the board shall recognize the petitioner as the
representative organization of the negotiating unit, unless it finds in good faith
that there is a reasonable doubt the representation exists.
2. If any organization has an interest in representing a group of teachers or a group of
administrators and wishes to contest the claim of representation made in the petition
under subsection 1, the contesting organization must file with the board of the school
district a petition containing a written statement of contest together with substantiating
evidence, within ten days from the date on which the board posted the notice of intent
to consider the original petition.
3. If the board of a school district fails to make and post notice of its determination or if
the board’s determination has been contested, the board shall call an election to
determine the question of representation not sooner than twenty nor later than thirty
days after the posting of the notice of intent to consider the original petition.
4. If the board of a school district receives a petition that is signed by at least twenty-five
percent of the members of the negotiating unit and which calls for an election to
determine the question of representation, the board shall call the election.
5. The election must be conducted in the manner agreed to by the interested parties. If
the interested parties cannot reach an agreement, the election must be conducted in
the manner determined by the education factfinding commission under its rules.
6. Once a representative organization has been selected, its authority to represent the
negotiating unit continues for at least one year from the date of the selection.
is June 3, 5015!
Have a great summer!
All are welcome to join us for our March 9th School Board meeting at 5 pm in the board room of Central Office. For more information visit our School Board page to learn more and recap minutes.