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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.55

Introduced by Representatives McAllister of Highgate, Allard of St. Albans Town, Baker of West Rutland, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Condon of Colchester, Donaghy of Poultney, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gervais of Enosburg, Helm of Castleton, Keenan of St. Albans City, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Morrissey of Bennington, Otterman of Topsham, Perry of Richford, Shaw of Derby, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Valliere of Barre City and Wright of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; supervisory unions; consolidation

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to direct the state board of education to consolidate supervisory unions into 14–16 supervisory unions; to establish that supervisory union boards shall be composed of members elected by member school boards; and to stipulate that supervisory union boards shall conduct teacher negotiations for the entire supervisory union.

AN ACT RELATING TO CONSOLIDATION OF SUPERVISORY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICTS

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

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 261 is amended to read:

§ 261.  ORGANIZATION AND ADJUSTMENT OF SUPERVISORY

            UNIONS

(a)  The state board shall review on its own initiative or when requested as per subsection (b) of this section and may regroup the organize school districts, except for interstate school districts, into 14–16 supervisory unions of the state or create new supervisory unions in such manner as to afford increased efficiency or greater convenience and economy cost‑effectiveness and to facilitate K-12 curriculum planning and coordination as changed conditions may seem to require.

(b)  Any school district which has so voted at its annual school district meeting, if said the meeting has been properly warned regarding such a vote, may apply to the state board of education for adjustment of the existing supervisory union of which it is a component district.  The state board shall give timely consideration to such requests and may regroup the school districts of the area so as to ensure reasonable supervision of all public schools therein.

(c)  The state board may designate any school district, including a unified union district, as a supervisory district if it will offer schools in grades K-12 and is large enough to support the planning and administrative functions of a supervisory union.  [Repealed.]

(d)  Upon application by a supervisory union board, the state board may waive any requirements of chapter 5 or 7 of this title with respect to the supervisory union board structure, board composition or board meetings, or the staffing pattern of the supervisory union, if it can be demonstrated that such a waiver will result in efficient and effective operations of the supervisory union; will not result in any disproportionate representation; and is otherwise in the public interest.  [Repealed.]

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 261a is amended to read:

§ 261a.  DUTIES OF SUPERVISORY UNION BOARD

The board of each supervisory union shall:

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(8)  at the option of the supervisory union, provide the following services for the benefit of member districts according to joint agreements under section 267 of this title:

(A)  centralized purchasing;

(B)  construction management;

(C)  budgeting, accounting and other financial management;

(D)  teacher negotiations;

(E)  transportation; and

(F)  other appropriate services;

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(11)  on or before June 30 of each year, adopt a budget for the ensuing school year;

(12)  conduct teacher negotiations pursuant to chapter 57 of this title.

Sec. 3.  16 V.S.A. § 266 is amended to read:

§ 266.  SCHOOL BOARD HAVING MORE THAN THREE MEMBERS

            MEMBERSHIP ON A SUPERVISORY UNION BOARD

(a)  For the purpose of holding meetings and transacting the business of a supervisory union, the The school board of any town, city, incorporated, joint contract, interstate, or unified union school district assigned to a supervisory union, and having more than three members, shall elect from such board three members who shall represent and act for it in meetings of the supervisory union to which it is assigned.  But the

(b)  The school board of any district which employs no teacher shall have only elect one vote in said supervisory union meeting member.  Other school boards shall elect one member if the population of the district is less than 4,000 people, two members if the population of the district is greater than 3,999 and less than 8,000 people, and three members if the population of the district is greater than 7,999 people.

Sec. 4.  16 V.S.A. § 1981 is amended to read:

§ 1981.  DEFINITIONS

As used in this chapter unless the context requires otherwise:

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(3)  “School board” means the board of school directors of a school district supervisory union or its equivalent the board of trustees in any independent elementary or secondary school.

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Sec. 5.  EFFECTIVE DATE

(a)  The state board of education shall, after holding at least four public hearings in different geographic regions of the state, propose supervisory union district boundaries pursuant to Sec. 1 of this act on or before June 1, 2008.  Following publication of the proposal, the board shall take public comment and shall establish supervisory union boundaries pursuant to Sec. 1 of this act no later than January 1, 2009.

(b)  Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. § 262, the new supervisory unions shall not be established until July 1, 2009.  However, the proposed new supervisory unions shall hold organizational meetings and enter into agreements pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 262 et seq. between January 1 and July 1, 2009.



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