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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.263

Introduced by Representative Obuchowski of Rockingham

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; school district spending adjustment; two-year average

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to stipulate that the school district spending adjustment shall be based on an average of spending over a two-year period.

AN ACT RELATING TO CALCULATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT SPENDING ADJUSTMENT

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

Sec. 1.  32 V.S.A. § 5401(12) and (13) are amended to read:

(12)  “Excess spending” means the most recent two-year average of:

(A)  the per-equalized pupil amount of:

(i)  the district’s education spending, plus any amount required to be added from a capital construction reserve fund under 24 V.S.A. § 2804(b); minus

(ii)  the portion of education spending which is approved school capital construction spending or deposited into a reserve fund under 24 V.S.A. § 2804 to pay future approved school capital construction costs, including that portion of tuition paid to an independent school designated as the public high school of the school district pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 827 for capital construction costs by the independent school which has received approval from the state board of education, using the processes for preliminary approval of public school construction costs pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(2);

(B)  in excess of 125 percent of the average of the prior two fiscal years of statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in the prior fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education.

(13)  “District spending adjustment” means the greater of:  one or a fraction in which the numerator is the average of the district’s education spending plus excess spending, per equalized pupil, for the school year two most recent school years; and the denominator is the average base education payment for the school year two most recent school years, as defined in section 4001 of Title 16.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 4010(b) and (f) are amended to read:

(b)  The commissioner shall determine the long-term membership for each school district for each student group described in subsection (a) of this section.  The commissioner shall use the actual average daily membership over two consecutive years, the latter of which is the current school year.  If, however, in one year, the actual average daily membership of kindergarten through twelfth grade increases by at least 20 students over the previous year, the commissioner shall compute the long-term membership by adding 80 percent of the actual increase, to a maximum increase of 45 equalized pupils.

(f)  For purposes of the calculation under this section, a district’s equalized pupils shall in no case be less than 96 and one-half percent of the district’s equalized pupils in the previous year.  [Deleted.]



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