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Subchapter 004 : Union School Districts(Cite as: 16 V.S.A. § 721)
§ 721. Inclusion of additional school districts
(a) Action initiated by district outside the union. After preliminary study by a district school board and approval by the State Board, and when a majority of voters present and voting at a school district meeting duly warned for that purpose vote to apply to a neighboring union school district for admission as a member of the union district, the vote shall be certified by the clerk of the school district to the clerk of the union school district and to the Secretary of Education. If, within two years from the date of that vote, a majority of those voting at a meeting of the union school district duly warned for that purpose votes to include the additional school district as a member of the union, the clerk of the union shall certify the results of that vote to the Secretary of Education. The Secretary of Education shall designate the additional school district a member of the union and so certify to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall record such certification in accordance with the provisions of section 706g of this title, which shall have the effect as provided in that section.
(b) Action initiated by union school district. When it appears to the union board of directors that the boundaries of the union school district should be changed to include another school district, the union board shall submit a plan for incorporation of the other school district in the union district to the State Board. Following approval of the plan by the State Board, the union district directors shall insert an article fully describing the proposed change in the warning for a regular or special meeting of the union district. When a majority of the voters voting at the meeting vote to include an additional school district within the boundaries of the union school district as a member of the union, the board of directors shall notify the legislative branch of that additional district of the vote. Within 180 days thereafter, the legislative branch of the additional district proposed to be included shall duly warn a meeting thereof, setting forth in the warning the vote of the union district and the proposed change in its boundaries. If a majority of the voters voting at the meeting of the additional district vote to be included within the union school district, the result of that vote and the result of the vote already taken by the union school district shall be certified by the respective clerks to the Secretary of Education. The Secretary of Education and the Secretary of State shall then take the action specified in section 706g of this title.
(c) A union school district enlarged pursuant to this section shall have all the powers and responsibilities given it by this subchapter. Unless otherwise agreed between the union district board and the additional member district school board, the additional member shall share in the expenses of the union district in the proportion provided in this subchapter for other member districts from the date the certificate of the Secretary of State is filed in the office of the clerk of the union district and the office of the clerk of the additional school district member. (Added 1967, No. 277 (Adj. Sess.), § 35; amended 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 90, eff. Feb. 14, 2014; 2019, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 68.)