Authorizes boards of education to enter into cooperative contracts with other school districts, boards of education, counties, municipalities, or any division of the state for any services, goods or products it has the duty or power to provide, so long as the contract will result in cost savings.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to education cooperative contracts
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: SECTION 1 - amends section 1709 of the Education Law to add a new subdivision 43. This new paragraph will allow the Board of Education to enter into cooperative contracts with other school districts, counties, municipalities the state or divisions or agencies of the state for any service that these other public entities are currently providing.
SECTION 2 - provides that this act shall take effect immediately.
PURPOSE AND JUSTIFICATION: School districts across the state are under increasing fiscal pressure as costs rise and demands for services increase. Taxpayers are already buried under high real property taxes, and increasing these taxes should not be an option. The state is no longer in a position to increase school aid. School districts must be given more options to find ways to operate more efficiently and cut costs. This bill will allow school districts to enter into cooperative agreements with other public entities to share contracts for goods or services when such agreements will result in savings to the district.
EXISTING LAW: School districts have limited ability to contract for services with some other public entities.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 - S.4123 -- FINANCE 2011 - S.4123 -PASSED SENATE 2010 - S.6670 -- EDUCATION
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: It is anticipated that there will be substantial savings to school districts, there are no costs for the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2765 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. RANZENHOFER -- 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 education cooperative contracts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1709 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 43 to read as follows: 43. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION FOURTEEN OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS CHAPTER, SECTION ONE HUNDRED THREE OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO ENTER INTO A "COOPERATIVE CONTRACT" WITH ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT, A COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY, BOARD OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, THE STATE OR ANY DIVISION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE, FOR ANY SERVICE, GOOD OR PRODUCT IT HAS THE DUTY OR POWER TO PROVIDE, PROVIDED THAT THE BOARD FINDS THAT THE CONTRACT COST IS APPROPRIATE AND ENTRY INTO A "COOPERATIVE CONTRACT" WILL RESULT IN A COST SAVINGS TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, A "COOPERATIVE CONTRACT" MEANS A CONTRACT FOR A SERVICE, GOOD OR PRODUCT THAT ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT, COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY, BOARD OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, STATE OR DIVISION OR AGENCY OF THE STATE IS ALREADY PROVIDING THROUGH AN EXISTING CONTRACT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05156-01-3