senate Bill S2586

Amended

Authorizes two or more school districts in certain counties to enter into a contract to establish and operate a regional high school

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  • 22 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 05 / Feb / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 05 / Feb / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2586A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Authorizes two or more school districts in certain counties to enter into a contract to establish and operate a regional high school.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2586
S2586A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 39-A ยงยง1920 - 1922, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S5255C

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BILL NUMBER:S2586

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the establishment
of regional high school districts in certain counties

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Would authorize two or more school districts in certain counties to
enter into a contract to establish and operate a regional high school.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The Education Law is amended by adding a new article 39-A with

Sections 1920 and 1921.

Section 1920: authorizes two or more school districts that are wholly
contained within the same BOCES district in Allegany County,
Cattaraugus County or Chautauqua County, to enter into a contract to
allow a hosting school district to operate a regional high school,
subject to approval by the Commissioner.

The bill provides that in order for school districts to form a
regional high school, school boards must first vote to give the
school authority to formally pursue the formation of a regional high
school by proposing a contract for its operation. Then, there must be
a public meeting not less than thirty days in advance of a public
vote to be held on the proposed resolution to form a regional high
school contract. The public must then approve the resolution by an
aggregate majority vote of all voters from all school districts
considering the question of whether or not to form a regional high
school.

Next, the participating school districts must finalize and submit the
contract to the Commissioner of Education for approval. The final
step to form the regional high school is for the Commissioner to
certify that the regional high school will expand and improve the
educational services to students and can result in administrative
efficiencies. Once the Commissioner has approved the contract, the
new regional high school is formed as a legal entity.

The contract shall be for a minimum of five years and with the
approval of the Commissioner may be renewed by mutual agreement of
the respective boards of education. In the case of unforeseen
circumstances, the contract may be modified with the consent of the
majority of each of the school boards and the approval of the
commissioner.

The contract shall also stipulate the manner of transportation of the
students and that the cost shall be charged to the student's district
of
residence. The regional high school shall also operate its own
extracurricular activities and athletics, except in the case of
modified athletic teams, mixed grade music and band programs and
joint grade extracurricular programs.


Students of the regional high school shall be deemed to be enrolled in
the regional high school except for purposes of state aid, in which
case their attendance and enrollment shall be treated and counted as
part of their participating district.

The contract shall also include information on the regional high
school's fiscal plans, staffing plans, special education plans,
student disciplinary procedure plans, building plans, transportation
plans, curriculum plans and projections on cost-savings, student
enrollment, state aid changes, expenditures and local tax effort.

The contract shall provide that all teachers and other staff members
of the participating school districts, except the superintendent of
schools whose services are no longer needed because of the creation
of a regional high school, or the transference of students to an
existing regional high school, shall be granted employments rights in
the host school district. Teachers and all other employees previously
employed by participating districts would assume the host district
contract until such time as a new employee contract has been
negotiated. Teacher and employee transfer and seniority rights shall
be recognized in accordance with current state education and civil
service law.

The contract shall state what the governance plan for participating
district school administrations shall be after the regional high
school is formed. The contract shall also specify that the regional
high school shall be solely responsible for the implementation and
completion of all academic achievement standards for the students of
participating school
districts. The regional high school shall be responsible for the
evaluation, grading and academic performance of students and diplomas
shall be awarded by the Regional High School.

Section two of the bill adds a new paragraph to Subdivision 14 of

Section 3602 of the education law regarding regional high school
incentive aid. This section provides that each school district would
get regional high school incentive aid in addition to their normal
foundation aid for each student they are sending to the regional high
school The incentive aid piece in the bill provides for 40% of the
normal reorganization incentive aid as already laid out in state
education law. There is a stipulation to the regional high school
incentive aid, that of the regional high school incentive aid each
participating school would be required to use 501 percent of that to
improve pre-K-8 programs.

The effective date is provided in section three of the bill.

JUSTIFICATION:
This bill has been requested by several school districts that would
like the opportunity to share resources and cut costs while providing
continued quality education for students.

In many districts in upstate New York-particularly in rural areas,
schools have faced declining enrollment while standard operating costs
and mandated and contractual expenses continue to rise. This bill


would allow schools to consolidate resources, take advantage of
regional resources and save taxpayers and school districts money.

The New York State Rural Schools Association has encouraged
consideration of this option for several years. They work to help
school districts address issues of declining enrollment and loss of
tax base. They believe that regional high schools can enrich
opportunities for secondary students by offering full curricular,
co-curricular and interscholastic programs. They support the approach
of having a hosting district administer the programs because it keeps
regional high schools within existing governance structures and does
not create new layers of school governance.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011,2012: S.S184C/A.80028Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None. Cost savings will be realized by participating school districts.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
The bill takes effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2586

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the estab-
  lishment of regional high school districts in certain counties

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The education law is amended by adding a new article 39-A
to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 39-A
                          REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS
SECTION 1920. REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL; ESTABLISHMENT.
        1921. OPERATION BY BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES.
        1922. ADDITIONAL STATE AID.
  S 1920. REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL; ESTABLISHMENT.  A REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL
MAY  BE  FORMED  BY  A  CONTRACT  ENTERED  INTO  BY  TWO  OR MORE SCHOOL
DISTRICTS, WHICH ARE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN CITIES HAVING A POPULATION
OF LESS THAN  ONE  HUNDRED  TWENTY-FIVE  THOUSAND  INHABITANTS,  CENTRAL
SCHOOL  DISTRICTS,  UNION  FREE  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  AND/OR COMMON SCHOOL
DISTRICTS, PROVIDED THAT ALL SUCH SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE WHOLLY  CONTAINED
WITHIN  THE  SAME  BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SUPERVISORY
DISTRICT, AND IS WHOLLY CONTAINED WITHIN ANY COUNTY HAVING  BETWEEN  ONE
HUNDRED  THIRTY-FOUR THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED THREE AND ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-
FOUR THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SEVEN INHABITANTS ACCORDING TO THE TWO  THOU-
SAND TEN DECENNIAL FEDERAL CENSUS.  EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS
ARTICLE,  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER AS TO THE COURSES OF STUDY, THE
QUALIFICATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT OF TEACHERS AND OTHER STAFF, AND THE MAIN-
TENANCE, CONDUCT AND SUPERVISION OF PUBLIC  SCHOOLS  IN  CENTRAL  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS  SHALL  APPLY  TO  A  REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL. ANY CONTRACT FOR A
REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL BE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER
AND  SHALL  NOT  BE  SUBJECT  TO  APPROVAL BY THE ELECTORS OF THE SCHOOL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07075-02-3

S. 2586                             2

DISTRICTS ELECTING TO FORM THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL,  AND  THE  REGIONAL
HIGH SCHOOL AND THE CONTRACT SHALL MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
  1.  THE  CONTRACT  SHALL  BE  FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN TWO SCHOOL
YEARS AND, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE  COMMISSIONER,  MAY  BE  RENEWED  BY
MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION;
  2.  THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL COMMENCE OPERATIONS ON THE FIRST OF
JULY, AND SHALL NOT CEASE OPERATIONS BEFORE THE THIRTIETH OF JUNE IN ANY
SCHOOL YEAR;
  3. THE CONTRACT SHALL STATE WHETHER THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL  WILL  BE
OPERATED  BY  ONE  OF  THE  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL DISTRICTS, HEREINAFTER
REFERRED TO IN THIS ARTICLE AS THE "HOSTING SCHOOL DISTRICT," OR BY  THE
BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PURSUANT TO A CONTRACT AUTHOR-
IZED BY SECTION NINETEEN HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE OF THIS CHAPTER;
  4. THE CONTRACT SHALL SPECIFY THE MANNER IN WHICH THE STUDENTS OF EACH
PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL BE TRANSPORTED TO THE REGIONAL HIGH
SCHOOL, AND THE COST OF SUCH TRANSPORTATION SHALL BE  A  CHARGE  AGAINST
EACH SUCH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT AND BE FUNDED IN THE SAME MANNER
AS  TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED PURSUANT TO SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED THIR-
TY-FIVE OF THIS CHAPTER;
  5. SUCH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL OPERATE  ITS  OWN  EXTRA-CURRICULAR
ACTIVITIES  AND  INTER-SCHOLASTIC  ATHLETICS, AND THE STUDENTS ATTENDING
SUCH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL  BE  ELIGIBLE  TO  PARTICIPATE  IN  SUCH
ACTIVITIES  AND  ATHLETICS  AND  SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN
SUCH ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS OF THEIR PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT;
  6. IF THE REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL  IS  OPERATED  BY  A  HOSTING  SCHOOL
DISTRICT,  THE  REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL  AND  THE CONTRACT SHALL MEET THE
FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
  A. THE CONTRACT SHALL DESIGNATE THE SITE OF THE REGIONAL HIGH  SCHOOL,
WHICH  SHALL BE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF ONE OF THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL
DISTRICTS. THE HOSTING SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE
OPERATION, SUPERVISION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE REGIONAL HIGH  SCHOOL,  AS
SHALL BE DESIGNATED IN THE CONTRACT,
  B.  THE CONTRACT SHALL SPECIFY THAT THE STUDENTS OF EACH PARTICIPATING
SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL REMAIN AS STUDENTS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTICIPAT-
ING SCHOOL DISTRICTS, AND THEY SHALL BE TREATED AND COUNTED AS SUCH  FOR
PURPOSES OF ALL STATE AID CALCULATIONS PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER,
  C.    THE  REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL OPERATE ITS OWN EXTRA-CURRICULAR
ACTIVITIES AND INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS AND THE STUDENTS ATTENDING SUCH
REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH ACTIVITIES
AND ATHLETICS AND SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE  IN  SUCH  ACTIV-
ITIES AND ATHLETICS OF THEIR PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT,
  D.    THE  CONTRACT  SHALL  PROVIDE  THAT ALL TEACHERS AND OTHER STAFF
MEMBERS OF THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS, EXCEPT THE SUPERINTENDENT
OF SCHOOLS, WHOSE SERVICES IN THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE  NO
LONGER  NEEDED  BECAUSE OF THE CREATION OF A REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL OR THE
TRANSFERENCE OF STUDENTS TO AN EXISTING REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL,  SHALL  BE
GRANTED EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS IN THE HOST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION,
  E.    IN  ANY  CASE  IN  WHICH  A  PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT SENDS
STUDENTS TO  A  REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL  OPERATED  BY  A  HOSTING  SCHOOL
DISTRICT,  EACH  TEACHER  AND ALL OTHER EMPLOYEES PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED IN
THE EDUCATION OF SUCH STUDENTS BY  SUCH  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL  DISTRICT
PRIOR TO THE TIME THAT SUCH COMPONENT DISTRICT SENDS ITS STUDENTS TO THE
REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL BE CONSIDERED EMPLOYEES OF THE HOSTING SCHOOL
DISTRICT,  WITH  THE SAME TENURE STATUS HELD IN SUCH COMPONENT DISTRICT.
FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, WHEN A PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT TAKES

S. 2586                             3

BACK STUDENTS THAT IT SENT TO ANOTHER DISTRICT ON A  TUITION  BASIS  AND
SENDS  SUCH STUDENTS TO A REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL OPERATED PURSUANT TO THIS
ARTICLE, THE HOSTING SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE REGIONAL HIGH  SCHOOL  SHALL
BE  DEEMED  TO  BE  THE  SENDING DISTRICT FOR PURPOSES OF THE RIGHTS AND
PROTECTIONS PROVIDED IN SECTION THREE THOUSAND FOURTEEN-C OF THIS  CHAP-
TER,
  F. IF THE NUMBER OF TEACHING AND OTHER POSITIONS NEEDED TO PROVIDE THE
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REQUIRED BY A REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IS LESS THAN THE
NUMBER OF TEACHERS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED EMPLOY-
EES  OF  THE  HOSTING  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  OF SUCH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AS
PROVIDED BY PARAGRAPH E OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE SERVICES OF THE  TEACH-
ERS  AND OTHER EMPLOYEES HAVING THE LEAST SENIORITY IN THE PARTICIPATING
SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE TENURE AREA OF THE POSITION SHALL BE DISCON-
TINUED. SUCH TEACHERS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES SHALL BE PLACED ON A PREFERRED
ELIGIBLE LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR APPOINTMENT TO A VACANCY THAT MAY THERE-
AFTER OCCUR IN AN OFFICE OR  POSITION  UNDER  THE  JURISDICTION  OF  THE
PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL  DISTRICT,  THE "RECEIVING DISTRICT" AS DEFINED IN
SECTION THREE THOUSAND FOURTEEN-C OF THIS CHAPTER, FROM WHICH A  PARTIC-
IPATING  SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS TAKEN BACK STUDENTS, AND THE HOSTING SCHOOL
DISTRICT OF THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SIMILAR TO THE ONE SUCH TEACHER  OR
OTHER EMPLOYEE FILLED IN SUCH COMPONENT DISTRICT. THE TEACHERS AND OTHER
EMPLOYEES  ON  SUCH  PREFERRED LISTS SHALL BE REINSTATED OR APPOINTED TO
SUCH VACANCIES IN SUCH CORRESPONDING  OR  SIMILAR  POSITIONS  UNDER  THE
JURISDICTION  OF THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT OR THE HOSTING SCHOOL
DISTRICT OF THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IN THE ORDER  OF  THEIR  LENGTH  OF
SERVICE  IN  SUCH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT, WITHIN SEVEN YEARS FROM
THE DATE OF THE PLACEMENT OF THE EMPLOYEE ON SAID LIST, AND
  G. FOR ANY SUCH TEACHER OR OTHER EMPLOYEE AS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPHS D
AND E OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  FOR  SALARY,  SICK  LEAVE  AND  ANY  OTHER
PURPOSES,  THE  LENGTH  OF SERVICE CREDITED IN SUCH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL
DISTRICT SHALL BE CREDITED AS EMPLOYMENT TIME WITH  THE  HOSTING  SCHOOL
DISTRICT;
  7.  THE  CONTRACT SHALL SPECIFY THAT THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL BE
SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION AND COMPLETION OF ALL ACADEMIC
ACHIEVEMENT  STANDARDS  FOR  THE  STUDENTS   OF   PARTICIPATING   SCHOOL
DISTRICTS; AND
  8.  THIS  SECTION  SHALL IN NO WAY BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT THE RIGHTS OF
ANY OF SUCH TEACHERS OR OTHER EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION GRANT-
ED BY ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW.
  S 1921.  OPERATION  BY  BOARD  OF  COOPERATIVE  EDUCATIONAL  SERVICES.
NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE BOARDS
OF EDUCATION WHICH ARE PARTIES TO AN AGREEMENT  TO  OPERATE  A  REGIONAL
HIGH  SCHOOL,  WITH  THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER, MAY CONTRACT WITH
THE  BOARD  OF  COOPERATIVE  EDUCATIONAL  SERVICES  OF  THE  SUPERVISORY
DISTRICT  IN  WHICH THEY ARE LOCATED FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF
THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL. SUCH CONTRACT SHALL BE FOR  A  PERIOD  OF  NOT
LESS  THAN  TWO SCHOOL YEARS AND, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSIONER,
MAY BE RENEWED BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE BOARDS OF  EDUCATION  AND  THE
BOARD  OF  COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES.   EVERY SUCH CONTRACT SHALL
PROVIDE FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF OPERATIONS OF THE REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL
ON  THE  FIRST OF JULY, AND SHALL ONLY CEASE OPERATIONS ON THE THIRTIETH
OF JUNE OF ANY SCHOOL YEAR.
  1. UPON ENTRY INTO SUCH CONTRACT, THE BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL
SERVICES SHALL TAKE OVER ALL OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OF THE REGIONAL
HIGH SCHOOL AND ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR COMPLIANCE WITH  ACADEMIC
ACHIEVEMENT  STANDARDS, AND ANY EMPLOYEES OF THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL OR

S. 2586                             4

OF THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS, AS THE CASE MAY BE, SHALL  BECOME
EMPLOYEES  OF  THE  BOARD  OF  COOPERATIVE  EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND THE
PROVISIONS OF SECTION THREE THOUSAND FOURTEEN-A OF  THIS  CHAPTER  SHALL
APPLY.  SUCH  EMPLOYEES  SHALL  BE EMPLOYEES OF THE BOARD OF COOPERATIVE
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND SHALL NOT BE DEEMED EMPLOYEES OF  THE  REGIONAL
HIGH  SCHOOL OR THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR ANY PURPOSE. UPON
TERMINATION OF THE CONTRACT, THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL OR THE PARTICIPAT-
ING SCHOOL DISTRICTS, AS THE CASE MAY BE, SHALL  TAKE  OVER  THE  EDUCA-
TIONAL  PROGRAMS AND THE EMPLOYEES SHALL BECOME EMPLOYEES OF THE HOSTING
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL,  AND  THE  PROVISIONS  OF
SECTION THREE THOUSAND FOURTEEN-B OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL APPLY.
  2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISIONS OF SECTION NINETEEN HUNDRED FIFTY OF
THIS TITLE OR ANY OTHER LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE PROGRAM AND ADMINISTRA-
TIVE  EXPENSES  ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE PROGRAMS OF THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
SHALL BE A  CHARGE  UPON  THE  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  PARTICIPATING  IN  THE
REGIONAL  HIGH SCHOOL, AND THE BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
SHALL PORTION SUCH EXPENSES TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS PARTICIPATING IN THE
REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED IN  THE  CONTRACT  BETWEEN
THE  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THE BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCA-
TIONAL SERVICES. THE BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SHALL NOT
CHARGE ANY PORTION OF THE PROGRAM OR  ADMINISTRATIVE  EXPENSES  INCURRED
PURSUANT  TO  THIS  SUBDIVISION TO ITS OTHER COMPONENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS.
SUCH ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROGRAM EXPENSES SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE  FOR  AID
PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION FIVE OF SECTION NINETEEN HUNDRED FIFTY OF THIS
TITLE, BUT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR  AID  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  THIRTY-SIX
HUNDRED  TWO  OF  THIS CHAPTER TO THE SAME EXTENT AS THE EXPENSES OF ANY
OTHER HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM. NOTHING IN THIS  SUBDIVISION  SHALL
BE   CONSTRUED  TO  PREVENT  THE  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  FROM
CONTRACTING WITH THE BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR AIDA-
BLE SHARED SERVICES IN THE SAME MANNER AND UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS  AS
ANY OTHER COMPONENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THE COST OF SUCH AIDABLE SHARED
SERVICES  SHALL  BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  AID  PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FIVE OF
SECTION NINETEEN HUNDRED FIFTY OF THIS TITLE.
  3. DURING THE TERM OF A CONTRACT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, ALL SCHOOLS
AND OTHER FACILITIES  OF  THE  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL  DISTRICTS  OF  THE
REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL WHICH ARE USED BY THE BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCA-
TIONAL SERVICES IN THE OPERATION OF THE REGIONAL HIGH  SCHOOL  SHALL  BE
DEEMED  LEASED  TO  THE  BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AT NO
COST. SUCH SCHOOLS AND OTHER FACILITIES SHALL REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE
PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND ANY  CAPITAL  EXPENSES  AND  BUILDING
MAINTENANCE  COSTS  INCURRED  WITH RESPECT TO SUCH FACILITIES SHALL BE A
CHARGE UPON THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE
TERMS OF THE CONTRACT. SUCH CAPITAL EXPENSES AND MAINTENANCE COSTS SHALL
NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR AID PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FIVE OF SECTION NINETEEN
HUNDRED  FIFTY  OF  THIS TITLE BUT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR AID PURSUANT TO
SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED TWO OF THIS CHAPTER TO  THE  SAME  EXTENT  AS
SUCH EXPENSES OF ANY OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT.
  4.  STUDENTS RECEIVING INSTRUCTION FROM THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL
NOT BE DEEMED TO BE ENROLLED IN THE  BOARD  OF  COOPERATIVE  EDUCATIONAL
SERVICES,  EXCEPT  TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY ARE PARTICIPATING IN A SHARED
SERVICE IN THEIR ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE WHICH SHALL  BE  INCLUDED  IN
THE  ENROLLMENT  AND  ATTENDANCE  COUNTS  OF  THE  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS FOR THE PURPOSES OF STATE AID. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS  SHALL  BE
ISSUED  BY THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
OF EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL REMAIN RESPONSIBLE  FOR  THE
PERFORMANCE  OF ITS STUDENTS IN THE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL UNDER THE STATE

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ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM AS IF THE STUDENTS OF EACH PARTICIPATING  DISTRICT
WHERE  IN  ATTENDANCE  AT  A  HIGH  SCHOOL OPERATED BY THE PARTICIPATING
DISTRICT.
  S  1922.  ADDITIONAL STATE AID. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF
LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION WHICH  ARE  PARTIES  TO  AN
AGREEMENT TO OPERATE A REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND WHICH DO IN FACT OPERATE
A REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADDITIONAL STATE AID PURSU-
ANT  TO  SUBDIVISION  FOURTEEN OF SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED TWO OF THIS
CHAPTER IN THE SAME MANNER AND TO THE SAME EXTENT AS A  SCHOOL  DISTRICT
WHICH  QUALIFIES  FOR  SUCH  AID  PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH J OF SUBDIVISION
FOURTEEN OF SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED TWO OF THIS CHAPTER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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