Bill Text For SB0514 - Senate Floor Version

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 3|COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                                                   |
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 4|SENATE BILL NO. 514                  By: Stanislawski and Loveless     |
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  |       [ schools - Regional Education Administrative                   |
 7|       Districts - shared administrative services of school            |
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11|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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12|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     Section 1, Chapter 403, O.S.L.       |
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13|2014 (70 O.S. Supp. 2016, Section 1210.285), is amended to read as     |
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14|follows:                                                               |
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15|    Section 1210.285.  A.  The Within thirty (30) days of the          |
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16|effective date of this act, the State Department of Education, in      |
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17|consultation with the Office of Educational Quality and                |
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18|Accountability, shall begin studying shared administrative services    |
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19|of school districts in the state.  The study shall take into           |
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20|consideration:                                                         |
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21|    1.  Ways to reduce administrative costs, eliminate duplicative     |
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22|overhead costs and improve efficiency among school district            |
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23|operations;                                                            |
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 1|    2.  The physical size of school districts, including the square    |
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 2|mileage of the district and its proximity to another school district   |
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 3|or districts;                                                          |
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 4|    3.  The average daily membership (ADM) of the school districts;    |
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 5|and                                                                    |
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 6|    4.  The performance of school districts based on student           |
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 7|assessments required by Section 1210.508 of this title and the         |
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 8|annual reports required by Section 1210.545 of this title.             |
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 9|    B.  1.  By December 1, 2018, the State Board of Education shall    |
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10|publish a list of all dependent and independent school districts       |
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11|that it recommends to share administrative services.                   |
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12|    2.  The State Board of Education shall provide districts           |
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13|included in the list published pursuant to paragraph 1 of this         |
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14|subsection the opportunity to be heard.  The Board shall notify the    |
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15|superintendent and school board members of districts included in the   |
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16|list of the time, date and place of the meeting.  The chair of the     |
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17|State Board of Education may set time limits on individual             |
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18|presentations.                                                         |
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19|    C.  Following the meetings required by subsection B of this        |
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20|section, the State Department of Education may shall establish         |
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21|Regional Education Administrative Districts (READs) which may shall    |
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22|provide shared administrative services to school districts             |
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23|throughout the state included in the list published pursuant to        |
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24|subsection B of this section.  The Department shall provide            |
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 1|information to school districts to educate districts about the         |
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 2|functions and services which may be provided by READs.  The            |
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 3|information shall be disseminated to school districts through          |
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 4|regional education officers and in any other manner deemed             |
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 5|appropriate by the Department.                                         |
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 6|    B. D.  The administrative services provided by READs may include   |
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 7|but not be limited to treasurer services, accounting services,         |
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 8|purchasing services, warehouse and distribution services, human        |
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 9|resources services, construction management, maintenance, risk         |
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10|management, information technology services, special education         |
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11|coordination, curriculum coordination, speech pathologist services,    |
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12|reading specialist services, transportation services, cafeteria        |
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13|services and shared superintendent services.  Any personnel            |
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14|operating under a READ may be housed at a local technology center      |
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15|school site.                                                           |
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16|    C. E.  If the State Department of Education finds a currently      |
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17|operating regional or interlocal cooperative providing services to     |
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18|school districts, the Department may provide support to the            |
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19|cooperative.                                                           |
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20|    D. F.  READs may receive financial support from participating      |
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21|school districts from money appropriated for state aid purposes.       |
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22|The State Board of Education may determine the range of fees due to    |
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23|READs for basic costs of providing services, taking into               |
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24|consideration the minimum amount necessary for operation of a READ,    |
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 1|the number and size of participating school districts and the          |
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 2|geographic size of the READ service area.  No fees shall be required   |
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 3|of school districts pursuant to this act that are greater than fees    |
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 4|charged school districts pursuant to similar programs.                 |
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 5|    E. G.  1.  If two school districts enter into a mutual contract    |
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 6|with a superintendent pursuant to Section 5-106A of Title 70 of the    |
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 7|Oklahoma Statutes this title, both districts may receive a             |
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 8|discounted fee, to be determined by the State Board of Education,      |
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 9|for participating in a READ.                                           |
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10|    2.  If three or more school districts enter into a mutual          |
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11|contract with a superintendent pursuant to Section 5-106A of Title     |
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12|70 of the Oklahoma Statutes this title, the districts may receive an   |
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13|appropriately discounted fee, to be determined by the State Board of   |
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14|Education, for participating in a READ.                                |
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15|    F. H.  Participation in READs shall be voluntary.                  |
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16|    G. I.  The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to      |
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17|implement the provisions of this section.                              |
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18|COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION                            |
  |February 27, 2017 - DO PASS AS AMENDED                                 |
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