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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.154

Introduced by Senator Collins of Franklin District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; technical education; budget; tuition

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that technical center tuition be allocated to each district within a technical center service region according to the percentage of the total of the tuition to be charged to all schools that is equal to the number of students in grades 11 and 12 attending the schools in the sending district divided by the total number of students in grades 11 and 12 in the entire technical center service region.  The bill also requires that, in a regional technical center school district, the technical center budget is adopted only after receiving approval of the voters within the district.  Finally, the bill requires that all regional technical centers that are not maintained by a regional technical center school district be transformed to that model by June 30, 2010.

AN ACT RELATING TO TECHNICAL EDUCATION TUITION AND BUDGETS

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


Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 1552(d) is amended to read:

(d)  The tuition charged to a each school district within Vermont shall be based on the average of the district’s three prior years’ full-time equivalent student enrollment in the technical center a technical center service region shall be the amount calculated by multiplying the total amount of tuition to be charged to all districts within the region by the percentage that is obtained by dividing the number of students in grades 11 and 12 within the district by the number of students in grades 11 and 12 in the entire technical center service region.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 1561(b) is amended to read:

(b)  On behalf of a sending school district within Vermont, a technical center shall receive from the education fund for each full-time equivalent student from the district 87 percent of the base education payment 50 percent of the tuition payment due from the sending school district under section 1552 of this title and an equivalent amount shall be subtracted from the amount due to the sending district under section 4011 of this title.  The amount sent to the technical center and subtracted from the sending district shall be considered a revenue and an expenditure of the district and shall be reported as such in appropriate accounts and in the district’s annual budget.


Sec. 3.  16 V.S.A. § 1578a(a) is amended to read:

(a)  The board of directors of the regional technical center school district shall at each annual meeting present an estimate of the expenses for the ensuing year, and the district and present the budget to the voters of the district.  The voters shall appropriate that sum which it deems they deem necessary for the expenses, together with the amount required to pay any balance left unpaid from the preceding year, expressing the sum in dollars in its the vote.  The budget vote shall be warned and be held by Australian ballot.  If a budget for the operation of the district is not approved, a subsequent meeting or meetings shall be warned.

Sec. 4.  16 V.S.A. § 1572 is amended to read:

§ 1572.  FORMATION OF A PLANNING COMMITTEE

(a)  Any two or more of the following may establish a committee to plan the formation of a regional technical center school district with an alternative governance structure for governance of the regional technical center: either the school board of a school district which operates a regional technical center or all the school boards which operate a comprehensive high school which have been designated as the regional technical center; the majority of the school boards of the other school districts in the technical center region; or a workforce investment board in a technical center region.  For each regional technical center in the state that is not maintained by a regional technical center school district, a committee is created to plan the formation, on or before June 30, 2010, of a regional technical center school district with an alternative governance structure for governance of the regional technical center.  The first meeting of each planning committee shall be convened by the director of the respective technical center on or before July 15, 2007.  The committee shall choose a chair from among its members at the first meeting.  The planning committee shall consist of representatives of:

(1)  one member from the school district which that operates a the regional technical center, to be chosen by the school board for the district;

(2)  one member from each of the school districts which that send students to the regional technical center, to be chosen by the school board for each district;

(3)  three regional employers, to be chosen by the regional chamber of commerce; and

(4)  three residents of the technical center region, to be chosen by the other members of the planning committee.

(b)  The On or before July 1, 2008, the planning committee may determine that no change to the governance structure is needed, or it may shall prepare a report in the form of an agreement between the school districts which that are located in the technical center region.  The report shall describe:

(1)  The makeup of the governing board.  At least 60 percent of the board members shall be elected by direct vote of the voters, or chosen from member school district boards by the member school district boards, or a combination of the two.  If the board is to have additional members, who may constitute up to 40 percent of the board, the additional members shall be appointed by the elected and chosen members from member school district boards for the purpose of acquiring expertise in areas they consider desirable.  The appointed members may be selected from nominations submitted by the regional workforce investment board or other workforce organizations, or may be chosen without nomination by an organization;

(2)  A process for approval of the annual budget which may be by direct vote of the voters in the technical center region, or by a vote of the school boards of the school districts in the region. In this subdivision, "school district" may include a district which provides for education of its high school students by paying tuition or assessment, a district which maintains a high school, or a combination of the two;  [Repealed.]

(3)  Proposed bylaws;

(4)  A plan for transition from the existing governance structure;

(5)  The disposition of the existing technical center land and facilities;

(6)  How existing collective bargaining agreements and employee contracts will be addressed;

(7)  Transportation The transportation to be provided;

(8)  The term of office of the board members and other officers, how other officers are selected, and how board members will be replaced when a vacancy occurs;

(9)  The date on which the proposal will be submitted to the voters and whether the votes will be commingled;  [Repealed.]

(10)  A process for amending or dissolving the governance structure; and

(11)  Any other matter which the committee considers pertinent.

Sec. 5.  16 V.S.A. § 1573 is amended to read:

§ 1573.  APPROVAL BY STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The planning committee shall transmit the report to the commissioner who, after consultation with the chair of the human resources investment council, shall submit the report with his or her recommendations to the state board of education.  That board, after notice to the planning committee and after giving the committee and other interested parties an opportunity to be heard, shall consider the report and the commissioner's recommendations, and decide whether the establishment of an the alternative governance structure outlined in the report will be in the best interests of the students and the region.  The board may request the commissioner or the planning committee, or both, to make further investigation, and may consider any other information deemed by it to be pertinent.  If When, after due consideration and any further meetings as and any amendments to the report that it may deem necessary, the board finds that establishment of the alternative governance structure is in the best interests of the students and the region involved, it shall approve the report submitted by the committee, together with any amendments, as a final report of the planning committee, and shall give notice of its action to the committee.  The chair of the planning committee shall file a copy of the final report with the clerk of each town school district, incorporated school district, unified union school district and city school district in the region at least 20 days prior to the vote to adopt the alternative governance structure.

Sec. 6.  16 V.S.A. § 1575 is amended to read:

§ 1575.  CERTIFICATION

Within ten days of any vote held in accordance with this subchapter, the clerks of the participating school districts shall certify the results of the vote to the commissioner of education, or, if the ballots are to be commingled, each municipal clerk shall appoint a member of the board of civil authority to transport the uncounted ballots to a predetermined location where the appointed members of each participating school district shall count the commingled ballots. If a majority of the voters vote to approve the formation of the governance system and creation of a regional technical center district, 20 days of the day on which the board gives notice of its approval to the planning committee, the commissioner shall declare the existing governance structure of the technical center to be void, the region to be designated a technical center school district, and the new governance system to be authorized, all as of the date specified in the application, and shall certify the declaration to the secretary of state.

Sec. 7.  REPEAL

(a)  16 V.S.A. § 1574 (vote to adopt structure) is repealed as of the effective date of this act.

(b)  16 V.S.A. §§ 1572, 1573, and 1575 (creation of supervisory district) are repealed as of July 1, 2010.



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