|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Sunderland of Rutland Town, Baker of West Rutland, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Hube of Londonderry, Livingston of Manchester and McAllister of Highgate
Subject: Education; supervisory unions; consolidation
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to direct the state board of education to consolidate supervisory unions into 16 supervisory unions with approximately the same boundaries as the technical center regions.
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
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 16 supervisory
unions of the state or create new supervisory unions in such manner as to
afford increased efficiency or greater convenience and economy and to
facilitate K-12 curriculum planning and coordination as changed conditions may
seem to require which, to the extent possible, shall follow the same
boundaries as the technical center service regions created pursuant to section
1531 of this title.
school district which has so voted at its annual school district meeting, if
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.
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. [Deleted.]
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.
Sec. 2. 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. The 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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