|ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY||2007-2008|
NO. 138. AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS FOR APPROVED INDEPENDENT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 16 V.S.A. § 166(b) is amended to read:
(b) Approved independent schools. On application, the state board shall approve an independent school which offers elementary or secondary education if it finds, after opportunity for hearing, that the school provides a minimum course of study and that it substantially complies with the board’s rules for approved independent schools. Except as provided in subdivision (6) of this subsection, the board’s rules must at minimum require that the school has the resources required to meet its stated objectives, including financial capacity, faculty who are qualified by training and experience in the areas in which they are assigned, and physical facilities and special services that are in accordance with any state or federal law or regulation. Approval may be granted without state board evaluation in the case of any school accredited by a private, state, or regional agency recognized by the state board for accrediting purposes.
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(7) Approval for independent residential schools under this subsection is also contingent upon proof of the school’s satisfactory completion of an annual fire safety inspection by the department of public safety or its designee pursuant to subchapter 2 of chapter 173 of Title 20. A certificate executed by the inspecting entity, declaring satisfactory completion of the inspection and identifying the date by which a new inspection must occur, shall be posted at the school in a public location. The school shall provide a copy of the certificate to the commissioner of education after each annual inspection. The school shall pay the actual cost of the inspection unless waived or reduced by the inspecting entity.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect upon passage.
Approved: May 9, 2008
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street