blogtalklogoOne of the key responsibilities of a school board member is negotiating the contract for teachers and staff. It is where most of the district’s financial resources are spent; it also establishes other protocols which affect student achievement. Each year brings new challenges.

In 2015, what are those challenges? How should boards approach the Chapter 78 health benefit reform legislation? What is the importance of average settlement rates? How long can a district expect negotiations to take? What are some common misperceptions the public has about negotiations?

On Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m., Conversations on New Jersey Education host Ray Pinney will talk about these and other issues with Patrick Duncan, manager of the NJSBA labor relations unit, on the NJSBA online radio show.

About the ProgramConversations on New Jersey Education, NJSBA’s program over, is similar to a live radio talk show, except it is broadcast through the Internet. The 45-minute shows air live, but recordings are also available to download later, or to listen to “on demand” online.

Listeners only need a computer with high-speed Internet access. To hear the live show or past recorded broadcasts, visitNJSBA’s BlogTalk Radio web page.

Participate in the Show If you would like to ask a question during the show, the call-in number is (347) 989-8904. Note that the call-in number is a New York area code. Local/long distance charges from some telephone companies may apply.

Add a Reminder There are four ways to get show reminders: receiving individual emails, syncing up with your favorite calendar application, downloading to Outlook, or via SMS to your cellphone. Click the “add reminder” button on NJSBA’s Blogtalk Radio web page for more information.