7/26/11 – During a special meeting last night, the Dodgeland School Board approved a series of policies that will soon comprise the majority of an employee handbook. District Administrator Annette Thompson says the handbook is required under the law that limits collective bargaining. She says the board used the previous collective bargaining agreements with the Dodgeland Education Association as a framework in drafting the new policies. Thompson says faculty is a key part in making the Dodgeland a school of excellence. One change in policy that is different from the old collective bargaining agreement involves teacher evaluations. Thompson says seniority used to be the primary concern in issuing lay-off notices but now teacher evaluations will be the primary concern followed by seniority. While some schools in Fond du Lac, Green Bay and Kaukauna are using the changes in collective bargaining to alter teacher work schedules, Thompson says Dodgeland faculty will maintain the schedule they already had in place and will even be getting an extra day of paid vacation. The Dodgeland School District was facing a $640,000 deficit for the upcoming school year. With the new employee contributions and a recent change over in health insurance from the state plan to Dean Health Care, Thompson says the district reduced the shortfall to around $150,000.