Meditation & Conflict Resolution

TSBA is pleased to announce a new service that is available to Tennessee School Boards called Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

What is Mediation and Conflict Resolution?

  • A process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict
  • A flexible process that can be used to settle disputes in a whole range of situations
  • A way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects
  • An effective way of resolving disputes

How Does Mediation Work?

  • Mediation involves an independent third party – a mediator** – who helps both sides come to an agreement
  • The mediator** acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process
  • Mediation is becoming a more peaceful and internationally accepted solution to resolve conflict
  • Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude

Why is TSBA Offering Mediation Services?

  • Boards of Education often find they have no real means of dealing with the conflicts that so often arise on elected bodies
  • A Board in conflict is rarely able to be as effective as it should be
  • Providing this service* is another way TSBA fulfills its mission:  To Assist School Boards in Effectively Governing School Districts
*This service will be offered by Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, Randall Bennett at $250 per hour plus expenses.
**Mediator has met the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 and has been  trained as a Civil Mediator at the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management,  and is listed by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission as a Rule 31 Civil Mediator.  Additionally, he has had previous training as a negotiator.



Randy Bennett

TSBA Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

800-448-6465, ext. 3902