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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.211

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

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 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

(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 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.

(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.  [Deleted.]

(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.

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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