SB 518 School divisions; adjustment of state share due to consolidation of smaller divisions.
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Summary as passed: (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 (ADM) 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 will provide 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, the state's obligation to provide the adjusted share shall cease.

The agreement and adjusted state payment shall be in lieu of any existing funds a locality receives from a Small School Division Assistance grant. 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 July 1, 2005.

Full text:
01/14/04  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 046664732  pdf | impact statement
03/24/04  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB518ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/21/04  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0820)  pdf

House amendments
House amendments engrossed

01/14/04  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 046664732
01/14/04  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/05/04  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/05/04  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/11/04  Senate: Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
02/12/04  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/04  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/04  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/16/04  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/04  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/04  Senate: Communicated to House
02/19/04  House: Placed on Calendar
02/19/04  House: Read first time
02/19/04  House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/25/04  House: Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N)
02/25/04  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/27/04  House: Assigned to App. sub-committee: 5
03/03/04  House: Reported from Appropriations with amd (25-Y 0-N)
03/05/04  House: Read second time
03/08/04  House: Read third time
03/08/04  House: Committee amendment agreed to
03/08/04  House: Engrossed by House as amended
03/08/04  House: Passed House with amendment (100-Y 0-N)
03/08/04  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
03/10/04  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/10/04  Senate: VOTE: CONCUR HOUSE AMENDMENT (40-Y 0-N)
03/24/04  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB518ER)
03/24/04  Senate: Enrolled
03/26/04  Senate: Signed by President
03/27/04  House: Signed by Speaker
04/14/04  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 820 (effective 7/1/05)
04/21/04  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0820)