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1231.01 - Research and Publishing


Administrative employee are encouraged to contribute articles to professional publications and to engage in approved professional research.



Materials that are considered for publication and/or production, which identify the District in any manner, shall be cleared with the Superintendent prior to publication and/or production.



Publications and productions shall be subject to the following copyright provisions:



Rights to copyrights or patents of books, materials, devices, etc. developed by administrative employees on their own time will be relinquished by the Board upon request of the administrative employee provided that



the books, materials, devices, etc. were prepared without the use of Board data, facilities, and/or equipment;



the Board is granted the privilege of purchasing the materials or products free of any copyright or royalty charges; and



the administrative employee does not become involved in any way in the selling of the product to the Board.


The final decision regarding whether materials were produced independent of any work assignment, and/or without using school equipment, facilities, data, or equipment rests with the Superintendent.


Administrative employees who desire to publish or produce materials on their own time should make such action known to the Superintendent prior to the time such work is started in order that proper procedures can be established to assure that Board interests and the interests of the employee are protected.



All books, materials, devices, or products that result from the paid work time and/or prescribed duties of administrative employees shall remain the property of the Board. The Board shall retain all rights and privileges pertaining to the ownership thereof.


In the event that any of these products have commercial possibilities, the Superintendent is authorized to secure copyrights, patents, etc. that protect the Board's ownership of the product.


The Superintendent is authorized to negotiate with appropriate agencies for the production and distribution of products with commercial appeal. Such negotiations shall seek fair and appropriate compensation, including sharing of royalties, for the administrator(s) who developed the products.

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