Engrossed Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

Consolidation of school administrative functions. Provides that the governing body of each school corporation situated in the same county may consolidate administrative functions while continuing the historical legacy of their respective school corporations. Provides that each school corporation is considered a subunit of the consolidated school corporation. Provides that school corporations in a particular county may consolidate: (1) if the governing bodies meet together and adopt a joint resolution declaring their intention to consolidate school corporations; or (2) whenever 20% of the legal voters residing in the district of any school corporation, jointly with 20% of the legal voters in Consolidation of school administrative functions. Provides that the governing body of each school corporation situated in the same county may consolidate administrative functions while continuing the historical legacy of their respective school corporations. Provides that each school corporation is considered a subunit of the consolidated school corporation. Provides that school corporations in a particular county may consolidate: (1) if the governing bodies meet together and adopt a joint resolution declaring their intention to consolidate school corporations; or (2) whenever 20% of the legal voters residing in the district of any school corporation, jointly with 20% of the legal voters in each other school corporation situated in a particular county, prepare a resolution and petition the governing body of their respective school corporations to consolidate the school corporations. Provides that a petitioner who wishes to consolidate school corporations in an election shall submit certified copies of the resolution and petition to the governing bodies of each school corporation contained in the proposed consolidation. Provides that each governing body named in the resolution shall hold a public meeting within 60 days of the date that the proposed resolution and petition are submitted to the governing body to discuss the proposed consolidation. Provides that, if after 30 days after the date of the public meeting, the petitioner does not withdraw the petition, each governing body petitioned shall call the school election provided for in each school corporation. Makes changes to the itemized list of administrative functions being consolidated in the resolution. Removes a requirement that the proposed resolution must declare that the proposed new school corporation's subunit shall be under the direction of an assistant superintendent. Provides that the election shall be held on the same day in each school corporation proposed to be consolidated at a general or primary election in which voters of each school corporation will vote. Provides that the governing body shall meet to organize not later than 15 days after the commencement date of the members' terms of office. Provides that debts or obligations paid by a debt service levy incurred by a school corporation before the new consolidated school corporation comes into existence may be levied only on the taxpayers of the subunit that initially incurred the debt or obligation before consolidation. Provides that the resolution consolidating the school corporations must contain an itemized listing of the administrative functions to be consolidated in the proposed new school corporation. Provides that the name or attendance area of each school within a subunit may not be changed for a period of at least 10 years after the date the consolidation comes into existence. Provides that 20% of the legal voters residing in the district of any school corporation may petition the governing body of the school corporation for an election to determine whether or not the majority of the voters residing in the district in which the school corporation is located is in favor of consolidation. Requires the department of local government finance to set new maximum levies, which may not be less than the sum of the existing maximum levies adjusted for assessed value growth. ... View more