Article 202

Association Building Council (ABC)

202.01 Each school or CEA Association unit shall have an

Association Building Council (ABC) to be organized

during the first month of the school year, consisting of

not less than five (5) teachers, which will meet with the

principal and members of the staff at least once a month.


202.02 The Association Senior Faculty Representative shall

be a member of the Association Building Council.

Except as provided otherwise in this Agreement, two

other members of the ABC shall be elected by secret ballot

of the teachers at a general staff meeting and the

remaining two members of the ABC shall be appointed

by the principal. Schools having more than thirty (30)

teachers shall, at the request of either the Senior Faculty

Representative or the principal, elect one (1) additional

ABC member and appoint one (1) additional ABC

member as provided above, for every additional twenty

(20) teachers or fraction thereof. All members shall serve

by consent. The term of office shall be one school year.


202.03 The Association Building Council shall be advisory

only and is intended to assist the principal and the

school staff in developing policies and programs for the

school involved. The ABC shall assume the responsibility

for being knowledgeable about matters in this

Agreement which relate to its functions.


202.04 The ABC shall elect a chairperson at its first meeting

each year. The ABC chairperson shall prepare an

agenda prior to each subsequent meeting, after consultation

with the principal. The ABC chairperson shall

record the business of each meeting and shall make a

written report of such business to the teachers. It shall be

the responsibility of the principal, utilizing the office

staff, to provide each teacher with a copy of the agenda

no later than two (2) days after receiving it from the

ABC chairperson and a copy of the ABC chairperson’s

report no later than five (5) days after receiving it from

the chairperson. The length of the ABC chairperson’s

report is to be no more than five (5) single-spaced typewritten

pages unless a larger report is deemed necessary

by the ABC chairperson and the principal.


202.05 Each professional staff member shall have the right

to have matters placed on the ABC agenda and shall

have the right to speak to the ABC on an item which the

staff member has initiated unless a majority of the ABC

shall vote to limit the discussion. The ABC’s meetings

shall be open to all teachers in the building, except that a

majority of the ABC may declare executive session.

Using the Reform Panel

The Reform Panel (Art. 1503) is a joint committee consisting of CEA and administration. The panel seeks to improve educational processes by considering requests for variances to the CEA Master Agreement or board policy. The panel also forms committees on some state-mandated issues. Specific information about variance request procedures is found in our contract on pages 244-246.

Spring is when schools usually come to the Reform Panel to ask for variances from the contract. For example, if a middle school wants a schedule different from the eight-period day, or if a high school or middle school special education teacher wants to teach six periods rather than five in lieu of a duty, teachers could develop a proposal to submit to the Reform Panel. If teachers at a particular school want to institute school uniforms or segregate classes by gender, the School Leadership Team (SLT) can do research on the issue and create a proposal and rationale. If two-thirds of the staff approves the request, it may be presented to the Reform Panel. A majority of Reform Panel members must approve variance requests. The CEA President and the CCS Superintendent must agree to the changes.

You may begin the variance process by making a suggestion to your ABC. The Senior Faculty Representative conducts a building vote, then refers it to the Reform Panel with signatures from both the principal and Senior FR.

Create a cadre of staff members and parents to seek new and innovative programs that would benefit your students. Do your research and make a proposal. The Reform Panel will also help you define potential problems and recommend further steps.

We encourage you to make requests that you think will benefit your school’s effectiveness. This process allows you to create a new learning environment not limited by Board policies or the CEA contract.