Central Michigan University

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
(PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT)
BETWEEN
CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
AND
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
This Agreement is made and entered into this 15th day of May, 2014, by and between the
Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as “School Board”, located in
Canton, Georgia and Central Michigan University, hereinafter referred to as “CMU”, located in
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to enable all students to become contributing
citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use information, make responsible decisions,
utilize technology effectively, and adapt to the challenges of the future; and,
WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to increase parental and
community involvement through public engagement policies and practices that treat parents,
businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and
other public entities as true partners in the educational process; and,
WHEREAS, CMU recognizes that one of the key ingredients to improving the quality of
education is found in increasing the quality of the professional educator; and,
WHEREAS, CMU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools Association (NCA), and the Teacher Education Accreditation
Council (TEAC), to offer advanced professional development courses and degrees; and,
WHEREAS, the School Board and CMU enter into this agreement for the purposes of
providing quality professional development opportunities to local educators in a convenient format,
the purpose of this agreement is to establish an understanding as to the use of facilities, services, and
resources for the support of the educational programs established by CMU via its Global Campus in
cooperation with Cherokee School District.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is agreed by and between the parties hereto as follows:
ARTICLE I
The School Board will:
1. Provide the use of school system facilities, waiving the rental fee as per the Community Use
of System Facilities Policy (KG), for delivery of the Master of Arts in Education degree
and/or professional development opportunities as coordinated and requested by CMU.
2. Provide the facilities and equipment for instruction at no charge
(except for a utility fee as specified at:
http://www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/board/Online%20Policy%20Manual/KG%20-
%20Use%20of%20School%20Facilities.pdf ) and assume responsibility for maintenance
of the facilities and equipment.
3. Designate a School District staff representative to maintain communication with the
designated representative of CMU.
4. Approve degree offerings and allow for semi-annual recruitment plans for these purposes.
The School Board will disseminate information about opportunities at CMU through existing
communication channels, as permitted by School Board Policy.
ARTICLE II
CMU will:
1. Provide qualified instructional, advising and administrative staff necessary to facilitate a
cohort leading to a Master of Arts (MA) in Education.
2. Agree to hold harmless and indemnify the School Board against any claims, demands, losses,
or damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees which may arise as a result of this contract.
3. Perform its functions in the highest degree and standards of teaching, both as to quality of
programming and competency of staff.
4. Appoint and designate a CMU representative to maintain communication with the
representatives designated by the School Board. CMU will remain solely responsible for
staffing costs, salaries and benefits, and all supervision attributable to its designated
representative.
5. Maintain a complete and accurate record of all academic work completed or attempted
through programs established under this agreement.
6. As part of CMU’s Masters of Arts in Education Program, provide at no cost to the District,
one professional development course, based on District needs, and meeting CMU admission
and other course-related requirements. CMU will award three (3) semester Units of Credit
per course to participating teachers to be used toward a CMU Masters of Arts in Education
Program.
ARTICLE III
It is mutually understood:
1. That educational programs will be conducted by CMU in conformity with academic
requirements established and prescribed by CMU, its governing board and/or agencies of the
State of Michigan having jurisdiction over all or part of the programs of CMU.
2. That the delivery of educational courses and/or programs is contingent upon the consent and
approval of the State of Georgia Nonpublic Post-Secondary Education Commission.
3. That CMU shall retain full responsibility for the administration and marketing of the
program, and that neither party to this agreement shall discriminate against participants. That
any media produced by the School Board or CMU to promote or publicize CMU programs
will contain the statement “CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all
persons, including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities (see,
www.cmich.edu/ocrie)”.
4. That neither party will discriminate against any School Board or CMU employee or
applicant for employment, or against any applicant for enrollment for a course of study at the
College, or against any College student in his or her course of study or training under this
Agreement solely on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin,
political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.
As a result of this partnership agreement, CMU must adhere to all local, State or Federal laws
regarding education.
4. That a student’s records and information concerning a student is confidential and that such
records and information will be made available only to the student or to those expressly
authorized in writing by the student.
5. That CMU is solely responsible for all staffing costs, salaries and benefits, and all
supervision attributable to its staff assigned to courses held for the School Board.
6. That the programs established by this agreement are to be self-supporting and that their
continuation will be contingent upon an acceptable level of participants as deemed by CMU.
ARTICLE IV
1. The term of this agreement is May 1, 2014 through May 1, 2015. This contract shall
automatically renew for additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies
the other at least 60 days prior to renewal date.
2. This agreement may be terminated by either party upon sixty (60) days written notice to the
other party with or without cause. All notices under this contract shall be given to the
Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110 Academy Street, Canton, Georgia 30114,
and to the Vice President of CMU’s Global Campus at 802 Industrial Drive, Mount Pleasant,
Michigan 48858.
3. This agreement may be modified at any time by mutual consent of the governing bodies of
the parties thereto. Any modification hereto shall be in writing and signed by both parties.
4. Both parties, by signatures executing this Agreement, certify that they are in compliance with
the United States Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and
Communities Act of 1989.
5. Neither party may assign its interest in this agreement, or any of its rights or obligations
hereunder, without the prior written consent of the other party.
6. This agreement represents the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the matters
covered herein, and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous discussions, negotiations, and
agreements. This Agreement may only be altered, amended or modified by a writing duly
executed by the parties.
7. All notices required or permitted to be given under this agreement shall be in writing and
shall be deemed effective upon (i) receipt, refusal of receipt, or the date noted as uncollected
when sent by certified or registered mail, postage prepaid and return receipt requested, (ii)
personal delivery with a receipt obtained, (iii) the earlier of receipt or two (2) business days
after deposit with a nationally recognized overnight delivery service (i.e., Federal Express),
or (iv) facsimile transmission with a receipt obtained evidencing successful transmission, and
the original being sent or delivered by any of the other methods set forth in this paragraph
within forty-eight (48) hours of transmission at the addresses stated below or at such other
addresses as the parties may notify the other pursuant to the terms of this paragraph.
8. The relationship of the parties is that of independent contractors. Nothing contained in this
Agreement shall create or be construed to create an employer-employee, principal-agent,
partnership or joint venture relationship. The School Board shall have no right, power or
authority to bind or otherwise obligate CMU in any manner.