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SB 126: "An Act relating to consolidation of school districts; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 126                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to consolidation of school districts; and providing for an effective                                   
02 date."                                                                                                                  
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 14.12.010 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                           
05            (b)  When school districts consolidate under AS 14.12.027, the consolidated                                  
06       school district is a city school district, borough school district, or regional educational                       
07       attendance area under (a) of this section as provided in AS 14.12.027(d).                                         
08    * Sec. 2. AS 14.12 is amended by adding a new section to article 1 to read:                                        
09            Sec. 14.12.027. Consolidation of school districts. (a) Notwithstanding any                                 
10 other provision of law, the department shall consolidate school districts in the state                                  
11 from 54 school districts in the state to 18 school districts in the state. Consolidation of                             
12 school districts in regional educational attendance areas must be based on common                                       
13       geographic or cultural needs, as determined by the department.                                                    
14            (b)  A term of a member of a school board of a school district that is                                       
01 consolidated under (a) of this section terminates when a new school board is                                            
02       established.                                                                                                      
03 (c)  A contract, right, liability, obligation, record, equipment, or other property                                     
04 of a school district consolidated under this section shall be transferred to the                                        
05       consolidated school district.                                                                                     
06 (d)  If a regional educational attendance area and a city school district                                               
07 consolidate, the resulting school district is a city school district. If a regional                                     
08 educational attendance area and a borough school district consolidate, the resulting                                    
09 school district is a borough school district. If a city school district and a borough                                   
10       school district consolidate, the resulting school district has the same designation as the                        
11       school district with the higher ADM, as reported under AS 14.17.500.                                              
12            (e)  In this section, "school district" means a city or borough school district or a                         
13       regional educational attendance area.                                                                             
14    * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect July 1, 2020.