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NO. 22. AN ACT RELATING TO DESIGNATION OF ONE OR MORE INDEPENDENT OR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE ST. GEORGE TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT.

(S.165)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. DESIGNATION OF ONE OR MORE INDEPENDENT OR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE ST. GEORGE TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT

(a) The St. George town school district does not maintain a school and provides for the education of its elementary and secondary students by paying tuition. Currently, it is faced with an unusual set of circumstances which must be addressed immediately. Therefore, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 827(a) of Title 16, the St. George town school district is authorized to vote on such terms or conditions as it deems appropriate, to designate one or more public schools or approved independent schools, or both, as the public elementary and secondary schools of the district.

(b) The provisions of subsections 827(b) through (d) of Title 16 shall apply to designation of schools in the school district of St. George, except that they shall apply to public and independent elementary and secondary students and schools.

Sec. 2. COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION; STUDY

The general assembly recognizes that there may be a need to authorize Vermont town school districts to designate an independent or public elementary or secondary school as the public school of the town school district. Therefore, on or before January 15, 2002, the commissioner of education shall report to the senate and house committees on education information that will enable the general assembly to make an informed decision on this issue. Information may include lists of school districts which provide for the education of their students by paying tuition, the number of students in each of these districts and where they choose to attend school, as well as information about school districts which may feel the need to close down a small school and provide for the education of their students in some other way.

Approved: May 11, 2001