The Florida School Labor Relations Service (FSLRS) was founded in 1976 as a joint venture of the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS). FSLRS provides services to member Florida public school districts. The primary function of FSLRS is to consult with school district personnel and school board members in the area of employee and labor relations. Member school districts pay an annual fee for these services. In addition, FSBA and FADSS supplement the FSLRS budget for consulting services provided to those two associations. The following services are available to the member school districts.
- A Quarterly Report on salary and wage related issues. These reports may be accessed on the Florida Educational Negotiators website at www.flfen.org.
- Information is collected and disseminated on employee/labor relations issues.
- Assistance is offered to school districts in obtaining arbitrators and special masters.
- Workshops relating to employee/labor relations topics are provided upon request to school district staffs and school boards at no additional cost to the districts.
- Consultation by telephone is available.
- Practical advice is offered on the timely implementation of new legislative initiatives ( i.e., career ladder, administrator terminal pay and other personnel statutory changes).
- Proposed changes during the legislative session are monitored, and district personnel are informed and surveyed to assist in determining the impact on the local districts if said legislation is passed.
- Technical support and monetary assistance are provided to the Florida Educational Negotiators (FEN) in planning meetings and conducting the annual Spring Training Conference.
- FSLRS serves as the fiscal agent for FEN.
- FSLRS participates in providing the training for new superintendents and new school board members in the area of collective bargaining.
- Surveys are conducted at the request of individual school districts to assist them in making informed decisions.
The Florida School Boards Insurance Trust (FSBIT) was established in 1981 by FSBA for the purpose of self-insuring the property/casualty exposures of Florida school districts. This pooled self-insurance program is sponsored by FSBA and is funded by the participating districts.
The FSBA Risk Management Department primarily administers FSBIT, but also provides the services listed below to all school districts with membership in FSBA:
- Assists school districts with employee insurance benefits, property/casualty insurance programs, worker’s compensation, claims, and risk management;
- Monitors proposed legislation to determine the positive or negative impact on school districts;
- Informs school districts of statutory revisions regarding insurance issues;
- Provides claims processing services, excess insurance coverage, and risk management training and services;
Prepares insurance surveys and reports;
- Responds to inquiries from school board members and school district personnel on insurance issues;
Collects and distributes materials on relevant risk management issues;
- Provides information on national and regional trends;
- Offers safety consultation, model compliance programs, and inspection and training services to school districts; and,
- Conducts onsite audits and completes reviews of school district facilities to assure accuracy of the district’s property values to minimize property insurance premiums.
The Florida Education Investment Trust Fund (FEIT) provides school districts an opportunity to participate in a mutual investment pool that is designed to meet the cash management and short-term investment needs of school districts. FSBA and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) sponsor the Fund. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide Participants with the highest possible investment yield, while maintaining liquidity and preserving capital.
The Florida Education Purchasing Consortium (FEPC) is an administrative entity created by FSBA and FADSS to provide school districts and public entities an opportunity to jointly participate in a cooperative purchasing program to maximize savings on the purchase of materials and services. The Consortium is intended to improve pricing, quality, service, and responsiveness from the vendors who seek to do business with Florida school districts.
The FSBA Lease Purchase Program is designed to provide school districts with another option for building schools with tax exempt bonds. The Program allows local school boards to lease-purchase facilities and for buyers of the bonds to have their income tax exempt. This attractive financing program enables school districts to finance and build large numbers of schools at today’s market prices. This opportunity can be provided by a vote of the school board.
FSBA produces a variety of publications to support, inform, and assist our membership. All of these publications are provided, free of charge, to FSBA members. In addition, many of these publications may be accessed on this FSBA website and on FSBA’s BoardDocs site.
Board Development Publications
Legislative Session Publications
FSBA Daily Update — Updates provide an account of each day’s legislative activities, action of education related bills, a preview of the next day’s legislative schedule, and other news and events. The Daily Update is emailed to school board members, superintendents, selected district staff, and others. To be added to the email distribution list for the FSBA Daily Update, please contact Ruth Melton.
Boarder-Line — Boarder-Line provides more detailed information about the bills, issues, and news of the week. Boarder-Line is is published on the FSBA website at the end of each week during the Legislative Session.
Video Update — Each week, Dr. Wayne Blanton is featured in a Video Update in which he discusses the key bills and issues of the week. These Video Updates are published on the FSBA website at the end of each week.
Legislative Session Summary — At the end of each legislative session, FSBA publishes a Legislative Session Summary that provides an in-depth analysis of education appropriations and detailed summaries of the education related bills that were passed during the Session. The Legislative Session Summary is published on the FSBA website and hard copies are provided at FSBA’s Legislative Session Review Workshops that are conducted throughout the state.
Education Law News — The law firm of Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. provides, as a courtesy to FSBA, a monthly newsletter that highlights education related legal activities throughout the country.
Informational Webinars — FSBA hosts webinars on a variety of topics of interest to school board members. Some webinars focus on current hot topics while others focus on information and training on subjects of general interest.
Finding qualified, suitable candidates for a superintendent vacancy is a tedious, time-consuming, and important task. A school board seeking to fill a vacancy must base its decision on appropriate information acquired through careful planning and adherence to the school districts’ goals.
FSBA offers expert assistance and qualified, professional support for one of the most crucial decisions that a school board will make. FSBA will perform all or any portion of the process of locating candidates for a school district on a cost basis. Through FSBA’s facilitation, a school board is advised and guided on each step of the process which includes continuous interaction with the school board. The school board makes the ultimate decision and controls the process with expert management and logistical assistance from FSBA.
The Association retains legal counsel to represent FSBA with respect to its corporate and other business matters. In this capacity, FSBA’s legal counsel assists in the defense of lawsuits, institutes legal proceedings, and issues opinions. FSBA’s legal counsel may also serve as a representative for FSBA’s membership in lawsuits that have the potential to impact all school boards. This may include preparation and filing of amicus curiae (friends of the court) briefs.
In addition, the law firm of Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. provides, as a courtesy to FSBA, a monthly newsletter — Education Law Alert — that highlights education related legal activities throughout the country:
FSBA proudly endorses BoardDocs board management solutions. BoardDocs offers two paperless meeting solutions for organizations: BoardDocs Pro – the most advanced, comprehensive suite of tools available for eGovernance; and BoardDocs LT – a lighter version for smaller districts looking to implement an effective paperless meeting solution on a budget. BoardDocs routinely offers free informational webinars for those interested in learning more about their products and services. As the pioneer of eGovernance, BoardDocs has helped more than 1,500 organizations worldwide to improve board effectiveness, reduce the time required to create and manage board agenda packets, and dramatically reduce costs. By using BoardDocs, many organizations report substantial savings each year. If you are not already a BoardDocs subscriber, we urge you to consider subscribing to this valuable service. School boards that subscribe to this service through FSBA will receive an annual discount of $2500 on BoardDocs Pro and $300 on BoardDocs LT. For more information on subscribing to BoardDocs through FSBA, please contact Leslie Dunlap, Director of Finance & Administration, at 850-414-2578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSBA strives to be on the leading edge in gathering the latest information on educational issues. The FSBA staff is always available to consult by telephone with school districts or individuals on a broad range of educational topics.
The FSBA staff is available to perform extended research for school districts on a contractual basis. The activities performed are determined by the contracting agency and may include writing comprehensive reports, making presentations at conferences, or producing informational brochures and pamphlets.