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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.369

Introduced by Representative Hube of Londonderry

Referred to Committee on

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Subject:  Education; supervisory unions; membership

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow a school district to join any supervisory union it chooses.

AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOOL DISTRICT CHOICE REGARDING MEMBERSHIP IN A SUPERVISORY UNION

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 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.

(b)  Any school district which has so voted at its annual school district meeting, if said 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 to become a member of any supervisory union.  Upon receipt of an application, a supervisory union board shall vote whether to accept the school district as a member.  If the board accepts the school district, the school district shall cease to be a member of any other supervisory union.  If the board rejects the application, the school district shall remain a member of the supervisory union of which it is a component district.

(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.

(d)(b)  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.



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