The Board recognizes that education is a public trust; it therefore is dedicated to providing the best possible educational opportunities for the young people of this community. In negotiations, this objective may be best attained if there is a climate of mutual trust and understanding between the negotiating parties.

The Board believes that the best interests of public education will be served by establishing procedures that provide an orderly method for the Board and representatives of the staff to discuss matters of common concern.

It is further recognized that nothing in negotiations should compromise the Board’s legal responsibilities, nor should any employee’s statutory rights and privileges be impaired.