• Meet and Confer

    The meet-and-confer process is outlined in Governing Board Policy HD.   The Policy identifies two parts to the meet-and-confer process: (1) policy and (2) compensation.  The policy portion of meet-and-confer begins in October and concludes in January.  The compensation portion of meet-and-confer begins in January and concludes in March. 

    The Governing Board recognizes the Amphitheater Education Association (AEA) to represent the interests of all employees, except administrators, during the meet-and-confer process.  Each year, AEA appoints a team of employees (the “AEA team”) to meet with a team of District administrators who are appointed by the Superintendent (the “District team”).  Each team also includes two additional individuals who are designated to facilitate the meet-and-confer meetings.

    Each year, notes from the Meet and Confer meetings will appear on this page.

Meet and Confer Updates


  • March 31, 2021, Update from District Administration:

    District Administration will recommend that the Governing Board approve an increase to base wages for all employees for fiscal year 2021-2022. This recommendation will be considered by the Governing Board on April 13, 2021. The recommendation will be in addition to the 3 percent retention stipend approved by the Board on March 23, 2021.

    March 30, 2021

    Policy HD requires, to the extent possible, that the Meet and Confer teams conclude their work on a compensation package by the end of March. The teams worked late into the evening of March 30, 2021 in an effort to meet the date to inform the employees of specific salary information. The teams recognize the importance for employees to make an informed decision when contracts are issued. The teams will be notifying the Governing Board that they were unable to come to a concensus on a compensation package. There will be no joint recommendation presented at the Board meeting on April 13, 2021. 

    March 22, 2021

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on March 22, 2021 where they identified mutual interests and brainstormed options in regards to compensation. The teams will meet again on March 30, 2021. 

    March 1, 2021

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on March 1, 2021 to review employee survey data and began discussions regarding how the new and unencumbered M&O funds that may be received from the State of Arizona should be spent. The Arizona State Legislature has not determined the current year's budget, but the teams are watching the process closely. The teams will meet again on March 22, 2021. 

    January 28, 2021

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on January 28, 2021 to begin compensation matters. The teams will meet again on March 1, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 in the LPDC at Wetmore. 

    January 19, 2021

    The Meet and Confer certified and classified teams met on January 19, 2021 to complete policy work. We are circulating signature pages for the policy recommendations between team members. These recommendations will be presented to employees for input before being presented to the Governing Board for consideration. The teams will meet on January 28, 2021 to begin compensation matters. 

    January 13, 2021

    The Meet and Confer Certified Team met on January 13, 2021 and finished policies specific to the certfied group. We have approved a recommendation for a policy that will be presented to employees for consideration before our presentation to the board. The teams will now convene as a whole team to complete our policy work. 

    January 7, 2021

    The Certified Meet and Confer committee met on January 7, 2021 to continue their work on policies specific to certificated and professional personnel.  The certified committee finished creating straw designs.  After excellent collaboration and team work the teams closed the evening.  The committee will meet again on Wednesday, January 13th to finish their work.

    November 18, 2020

    The Certified Meet and Confer committee met on November 18, 2020 to continue their work on policies specific to certificated and professional personnel. The certified committee finished options and created straw designs. After excellent collaboration and teamwork, the teams closed for the evening. The committees will meet again in January to finish their work. 

    November , 2020

    After the last meeting, the Meet and Confer teams divided into their Meet and Confer committees.  The Certified Meet and Confer committee met on 11/5 and 11/9 to continue their work on policies specific to certificated and professional personnel.   These policies were determined by the entire Meet and Confer team as part of the book of business.  The certified committee took the first policy, reviewed it as a group, and then created mutual interests, shared story, and began options. The committee will meet again on November 18, 2020 at 4:30.

    October 29, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on October 30, 2020 and began to develop the book of business for the policy section using employee feedback from the survey. Prior to this meeting, Amphitheater Education Association (AEA) and  the District Team (DT) both had full access to survey results and time to review input from employees in order to prepare for this meeting. Consistent with the IBB process, teams spent the meeting identifying issues to be discussed and aligning to existing policies. The teams will meet again on November 2, 2020. 

    April 6, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on April 3, 2020 and April 6, 2020, reached a consensus regarding Compensation, and signed the joint recommendation. Please look for the survey 4/7/2020 for employee feedback. The recommendation will go to the Governing Board on April 14, 2020 at 6pm.  

    March 23, 2020

    The scheduled Meet and Confer meeting has been postponed until a later date. 

    March 11, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on March 11, 2020 and continued to develop straw designs. The teams eliminated straw designs that did not meet mutual interests. The teams will meet again March 23, 2020 at 3:45 in the LPDC at Wetmore. 

     March 9, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on March 9, 2020 and continued to develop straw designs. The teams eliminated straw designs that did not meet our mutual interests. The teams will meet again on March 11th at 4:30 in the LPDC at Wetmore to continue our work. 

    March 4, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on March 4, 2020 and reviewed information on projected costs to line up with options. The teams used the information to begin to create straw designs. The teams will meet again on March 9, 2020 at 4:30 in the LPDC at Wetmore. 

    March 3, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on March 3, 2020 regarding compensation.  Teams reviewed interests and developed mutal interests based on employee input and survey data.  The teams made a list of options. The teams will meet again on March 4, 2020 at 4:30 in the LPDC at Wetmore. 

    February 5, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on February 5, 2020 and began IBB for compensation. The teams completed story, developed interests, and began to assess common interests. Prior to meeting on 3/4/20, the teams will be gathering information to complete compensation package. The teams will meet again on March 3, 2020 at 4:30 in the LPDC at Wetmore. 

    February 4, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on February 4, 2020 and signed the joint recommendation for policy. The teams identified issues, shared employee input, and began discussion on compensation and benefits. The teams will meet again on February 5, 2020 from 4:30-6:30 in the LPDC at Wetmore. 

    January 22, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on January 22, 2020 and worked diligently on policy. The teams will meet again on February 4, 2020 at 4:30 in the LPDC at Wetmore. 

    January 21, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on January 21, 2020 and continued IBB steps; cognoscente of the fact that policy HD has a goal of concluding policy work by the end of January.  The teams worked collaboratively and efficiently to find solutions to meet mutual interests.

     January 13, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on January 13, 2020 and continued to go through the steps of the IBB Process regarding policy. The issue identified came from employee input, and the teams developed mutual interests and options to address the issue. The teams will meet again on January 21, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm at the LPDC at Wetmore. 

     January 9, 2020

    The Meet and Confer Teams met on January 9, 2020. They reviewed the IBB process, developed a Program of Work based on employee input, including feedback provided by the joint survey. The teams began work on policies addressing employee work conditions. The teams will meet again on January 13, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm at the LPDC at Wetmore. 

     June 24, 2019

    The Meet and Confer Teams met for four hours today and reached a consensus regarding the disbursement of remaining funding from the previous recommendations (Review and Approval of the Joint Recommendation of the Meet and Confer Teams for Compensation for 2019-2020 Fiscal Year for Certificated, Classified, Classified Exempt, Professional/Non-Teaching, Administrative, and Administrative Exempt Employee Groups) approved by the Governing Board on 6/11/19. 

    The group was guided by their mutual interests of:
    1. Fiscal responsibility
    2. Value and recognize all employees for their work
    3. Attracting, hiring, and retaining quality staff
    4. Having classrooms filled with appropriately certified teachers to benefit students
    5. Retention of veteran employees through improved compensation

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as the teams worked through this complicated process. The joint recommendation will go to the Governing Board on July 9, 2019 at 6:00pm.