I. The District may permit approved association leave. All requests for association leave shall be reviewed by the association president and by the employee’s immediate supervisor before being submitted to the Human Resources Office for consideration. The request for association leave shall state how the release time will be used by the member employee.
II. The membership of the teachers' organization recognized by the Board of Education will be granted a maximum aggregate total of eighteen (18) excused absences during a single school year to attend professional meetings of the teachers' association or other association obligations.
III. For the teacher’s organization, the cost of any days missed will be shared equally by the District and the teachers’ association. The association will pay half the cost of a substitute teacher for any days its member employees are absent for association leave.