Business Manager’s Role in Negotiations

About the Instructor

Rick Diegel

Rick is the son of a 5th grade teacher who taught in the same school for over 40 years, so education has  been a part of his life for as long as he can remember.  Rick’s wife, Paula, has been a 1st grade teacher for nearly 25 years. They have three children:  Brittany and her husband live in Bismarck and she is a speech pathologist for St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, Beau is a JH social studies teacher and coach in Linton, and their  youngest son, Trey, will graduate from Kidder County High School in May and attend NDSCS in Wahpeton to be an electrician. Rick and Paula also have two grandchildren

Rick’s first year of teaching was in Cresbard, South Dakota, where he taught social studies and coached from 1987 – 1996.  He began his administrative career in the fall of 1996 when his family moved to Edgeley, North Dakota as a junior high/high school principal.  He became the Superintendent of Schools in Edgeley in the summer of 2000, where he remained until 2015.

Rick’s family moved to Steele, North Dakota where he became Superintendent of Schools for the Kidder County School District in 2015. This is where Rick remains today. He is proud to say that this is his 34th year in education, and he has only worked in three school districts.

Amy De Kok

Amy De Kok joined NDSBA’s staff as Legal Counsel in 2017. Prior to joining NDSBA, Amy was an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., a position she held since 2010. Over the past several years, Amy’s practice has focused on presenting and advising school districts throughout the state of North Dakota on a wide variety of issues including contract negotiations, teacher termination/discharge, employment, school board policy interpretation and application, school facility construction and improvement, and bond referendum procedures.

Important Course Dates

Course Date: February 2, 2022

Course Location: Career Academy, Multipurpose Room B

Due Date for Final Exam: April 30, 2022

Course Syllabus

Business Manager’s Role in Negotiations Syllabus 

Course agenda

 Course Materials

Course Toolbox

Negotiations Basics Presentation 2021

2022 Negotiations Basics Handbook


Board Members Role in Negotiations Presentation 

 Final Exam

The instructor will provide you with guidance on this final exam during class.

After you have viewed all the course materials, you may take your final exam. You may use your lecture notes and course resources to answer these questions.  No proctor form is required. Students will have until April 30, 2022 to submit the final exam. Email the final exam to Rick Diegel at with a cc to Rebecca Duben at



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