Contract negotiations may move to ND Supreme Court
In preparation to possibly take the case to the North Dakota Supreme Court, legal representatives for the Dickinson Public School Board and the Dickinson Education Association met via conference call with Judge William Herauf on Tuesday at the Stark County Courthouse in a hearing to hash out language in the Oct. 7 hearing findings to settle the issue of teacher contracts for the current and 2014-15 school years.
Michael Geiermann, representing the DEA, and Rachel Bruner-Kaufman, representing the board, both of Bismarck, cleaned up language in the controversial findings of the previous hearing. On Oct. 7, Herauf ruled in favor of the DEA, saying the board did not have authority to issue two-year contracts when the DEA did not agree.
Negotiations came to an impasse in May, leading to a June impasse hearing in front of the Governor's Education Factfinding Commission. At the time, the biggest pieces of contention were additional professional development days and salary. In July, the DEA and school board asked to head back to the negotiating table for year two and accept year one as offered by the board.
The issue ended up in court after the board unilaterally issued two-year contracts, much to the dismay of the DEA.
There is no date set for the Supreme Court hearing as of yet.