senate Bill S2586A

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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7067A
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, A8224

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BILL NUMBER:S2586A

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 extracur-
ricular 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 school principals, assistant principals,
other supervisory personnel, teachers and other staff members of the
participating school districts, except the superintendent whose services
in the participating school districts are no longer needed, shall be
granted employment rights in the host school district in the same manner
as is provided in sections 3014-a and 3014-b of the education law.

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 evalu-
ation, grading and academic performance of students and diplomas shall
be awarded by the Regional High School.

The effective date is provided in section two 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 consider-
ation 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 inter-
scholastic 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.5184C/A.8002B Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Cost savings will be realized by participat-
ing 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--A

                       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  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07075-03-3

S. 2586--A                          2

AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL  BY  THE  ELECTORS  OF  THE  SCHOOL
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 ARTICLE;
  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 SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT
PRINCIPALS,  OTHER  SUPERVISORY  PERSONNEL,  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,  AND  IN  THE  SAME  MANNER  AS  IS
PROVIDED  IN SECTIONS THREE THOUSAND FOURTEEN-A AND THREE THOUSAND FOUR-
TEEN-B OF THIS CHAPTER,
  E.   IN ANY CASE  IN  WHICH  A  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  SENDS
STUDENTS  TO  A  REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL  OPERATED  BY  A  HOSTING SCHOOL
DISTRICT,  EACH  SCHOOL  PRINCIPAL,  ASSISTANT  PRINCIPAL,   SUPERVISORY
EMPLOYEE,  TEACHER  AND  ALL  OTHER EMPLOYEES PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED IN THE

S. 2586--A                          3

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,
AND IN THE SAME MANNER AS IS PROVIDED IN SECTIONS THREE  THOUSAND  FOUR-
TEEN-A  AND  THREE  THOUSAND FOURTEEN-B OF THIS CHAPTER. FOR PURPOSES OF
THIS SECTION, WHEN A PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICT TAKES  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 CHAPTER,
  F.  IF  THE NUMBER OF SUPERVISORY, TEACHING AND OTHER POSITIONS NEEDED
TO PROVIDE THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES REQUIRED BY A REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL
IS  LESS  THAN  THE  NUMBER  OF SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS,
SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES, TEACHERS  AND  OTHER  EMPLOYEES  ELIGIBLE  TO  BE
CONSIDERED  EMPLOYEES  OF  THE  HOSTING SCHOOL DISTRICT OF SUCH REGIONAL
HIGH SCHOOL AS PROVIDED BY PARAGRAPH E OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE SERVICES
OF THE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS,  SUPERVISORY  EMPLOYEES,
TEACHERS  AND  OTHER EMPLOYEES HAVING THE LEAST SENIORITY IN THE PARTIC-
IPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN THE TENURE AREA OF THE POSITION SHALL BE
DISCONTINUED. SUCH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS,  SUPERVISORY
EMPLOYEES,  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  SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL,  ASSISTANT  PRINCIPAL, SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEE, TEACHER OR OTHER
EMPLOYEE FILLED IN  SUCH  COMPONENT  DISTRICT.  THE  SCHOOL  PRINCIPALS,
ASSISTANT  PRINCIPALS, SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES, TEACHERS AND OTHER EMPLOY-
EES ON SUCH PREFERRED LISTS SHALL BE REINSTATED  OR  APPOINTED  TO  SUCH
VACANCIES IN SUCH CORRESPONDING OR SIMILAR POSITIONS UNDER THE JURISDIC-
TION 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  SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, SUPERVISORY
EMPLOYEE, 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 SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, SUPERVISORY EMPLOY-
EES, TEACHERS OR OTHER EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN THIS  SECTION  GRANTED  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

S. 2586--A                          4

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
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

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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
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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