Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)
Smaller school divisions; adjusted state share. Creates a mechanism whereby any school board of a school division in which fewer than 350 students (Highland County) were included in average daily membership for the preceding school year, upon entering into certain cost-savings agreements with a contiguous school division for the sharing of educational, administrative, or support services, shall receive the state share for basic aid computed on the basis of the composite index of local-ability-to-pay of the contiguous school division, calculated annually, for a period of 15 years.
Board of Education eligibility criteria will address the cost-savings and service-sharing agreements and for the adjustment of the state share for basic aid, consistent with the appropriation act.
The local school board receiving the adjusted state share cannot use the additional funds received to supplant local funds appropriated for education. In addition, the adjusted state share cannot be used to reduce local operating expenditures for public education from the prior fiscal year. However, no school division shall be required to maintain a per pupil expenditure for operations that exceeds the per pupil expenditure in the prior fiscal year.
If any such contractual agreements between the relevant school divisions terminate prior to the end of the applicable period set forth above, the Commonwealth's obligation under this section shall cease.
Pursuant to §§ 22.1-26 and 22.1-27, school boards are already empowered to operate joint schools and to make agreements with "adjacent" school boards "for furnishing public school facilities and for school services." This bill is effective January 1, 2005.Full text:
01/08/03 Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 033907432 pdf | impact statement
02/04/03 Senate: Printed as engrossed 033907432-E pdf | impact statement
01/08/03 Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 033907432
01/08/03 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/23/03 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N)
01/23/03 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/30/03 Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
02/03/03 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/03/03 Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (37-Y 0-N)
02/04/03 Senate: Read second time
02/04/03 Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/04/03 Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/03 Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/04/03 Senate: Printed as engrossed 033907432-E
02/04/03 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N
02/04/03 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/03 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03 Senate: Communicated to House
02/05/03 House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/03 House: Read first time
02/05/03 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/12/03 House: Reported from Education with amendments (17-Y 4-N)
02/12/03 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/03 House: Tabled in Appropriations (23-Y 2-N)