Professional Standards

Vicki Evans-Paré, Director

Vicki Evans-ParéDirector

Phone(561) 434-8873
3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, Suite A-106
West Palm BeachFL33406

Purpose and Functions

Labor Relations negotiates and ensures the equitable administration of the six Collective Bargaining Agreements.  We are also part of the management team and union-management task forces that study issues such as professionalism of education reform, performance pay, health benefits, bilingual education, and school safety.  Additionally, we develop the school calendar for students and the employee work calendars.

We also assist staff in contract administration that includes formulating policies that comply with contract agreements and suggesting solutions to recurring contract issues. On a day-to-day basis, we handle administrators' concerns related to Collective Bargaining Agreement interpretations, investigate charges of contract violations, resolve conflicts between bargaining units and administrators, and facilitate the appeal and formal grievance processes.

In any organization that employs thousands of employees working under federal regulations, state laws, union contracts, and school board rules, there are bound to be disagreements. Many are resolved at the School Board and Region levels. Some end in hearings before the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC), some before a Special Magistrate, some before an arbiter, and some in court. We assist the Board's legal counsel with the preparation for labor law related litigation such as PERC hearings, impasse resolution, arbitration, unfair labor practice charges, and District Court appeals.

Employee Relations is committed to developing a high-quality workforce, recognizing that the highest possible standard for all school district employees is essential to ensuring attainment of high standards for students.

We work with applicants, employees, and administrators to ensure compliance with School Board policies and Federal and State laws. Our team provides services to schools and departments with all steps of progressive discipline, Equal Employment Opportunity complaints, Disability Act accommodations, criminal background checks, mandatory Employee Assistance Program, job abandonment, self-reporting of arrests, and ensuring a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.

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