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Bill S2586-2013

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

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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  • Jan 22, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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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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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2586 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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
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
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
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
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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