|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Chen of Mendon, Komline of Dorset and Smith of Morristown
Subject: Education; school districts; consolidation
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to create a bipartisan commission of legislative and nonlegislative members appointed by the speaker of the house, the president pro tempore of the senate, and the governor to develop a plan to consolidate and reduce the number of the supervisory unions, supervisory districts, and school districts in the state. The commission’s plan, which would be based upon testimony received in public hearings and would employ a methodology used in connection with military base closings, would be presented to the general assembly for its approval or disapproval during the 2008 legislative session.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE CONSOLIDATION AND REDUCTION OF SUPERVISORY UNIONS, SUPERVISORY DISTRICTS, AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION AND REDUCTION COMMISSION
(a) There is created a school consolidation and reduction commission. The commission shall be composed of four members appointed by the governor, two members of the senate appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate, two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and a chair jointly appointed by the governor, president pro tempore, and speaker. Members shall serve without compensation, and the legislative council, the joint fiscal office, and the department of education shall provide staff services.
(b) The commission shall develop a plan to consolidate and reduce the number of supervisory unions, supervisory districts, and school districts in the state. The commission shall hold no fewer than four public meetings in different geographic regions of the state and may consider a broad range of ideas to meet its charge. It shall research and employ strategies and methodologies used in connection with federal decisions to close military bases.
(c) On or before January 15, 2008, the commission shall present its plan for consolidation to the general assembly. The plan shall include an evaluation of the fiscal and operational considerations of the planned consolidation. The plan shall take effect on the 60th calendar day following presentation of the plan to the legislature unless the legislature rejects the plan by voting against it in the manner set forth to overturn a gubernatorial veto.
(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, the new supervisory unions and school districts shall not be established until July 1, 2009.
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