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 a year old granddaughter (Leni) and another on the way in March!

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.

Important Course Dates

Course Date/Time: February 10, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Course Location: Zoom

Due Date for Final Exam: April 30, 2021

Course Syllabus

Business Manager’s Role in Negotiations Syllabus 

 Course Materials

Course Toolbox


Board Members Role in Negotiations Presentation 

Board Members Role in Negotiations Recording

2021 Negotiations Basics

 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. This will be 19 question exam. You may use your lecture notes and course resources to answer these questions. Once you have completed the exam, please send to with a copy to No proctor form is required. Students will have until April 30, 2021 to submit the final exam.

Final Exam


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