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Clark Hill Attorneys Barbara A. Ruga and Kurt M. Graham Presented to The Muskegon Area ISD & Its Constituent Districts September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI – Clark Hill Attorneys Barbara A. Ruga and Kurt M. Graham presented to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and its constituent districts on September 10, 2014 regarding updates on teacher evaluation and discipline.

The MAISD is a regional education service agency serving the public schools of Muskegon and parts of Oceana, Ottawa and Newaygo counties. The MAISD’s primary mission is to provide leadership and services that enhance the delivery of instruction for its twelve constituent school districts and assisting other public and parochial schools.

Ruga is a member in Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal Practice Group as well as the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. For more than 30 years, she has been advising and counseling public school districts and businesses on a wide variety of labor law and employment issues. Ruga has extensive experience negotiating teacher contracts in a context of scarce resources. She has also handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, fact-findings and related employment litigation. She advocates for prevention through education, and to that end specializes in employee training programs.

Graham is a Senior Attorney in Clark Hill’s Education & Municipal and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. He advises school districts and employers in avoiding liability under various state and federal employment laws. He has significant experience representing school districts and private sector employers in labor relations matters such as the administration of collective bargaining agreements, grievance arbitrations, union organizing campaigns and elections, and unfair labor practice charges.

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