"She would relay any concerns that the members have expressed to the executive board," Knaggs said. "I think Patty is above reproach."
Knaggs pointed out that "she's been involved in union work for a long time before her husband ran for school board."
Jeff Bowser also discounted any conflict of interest.
"My wife has her own career and she's been selected as a leader," he said. "She's not part of the negotiating team. Neither am I."
The issue came to light as the district, with Bowser elected to the board just last year, begins its negotiations for revisions to the APT contact for the 2011-12 school year.
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