Policy AAC-E: Regional Agreement

ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
COMPRISING THE TOWNS OF
AMHERST, PELHAM, LEVERETT AND SHUTESBURY

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
COMPRISING THE TOWNS OF
AMHERST, PELHAM, LEVERETT AND SHUTESBURY

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
COMPRISING THE TOWNS OF
AMHERST, PELHAM, LEVERETT AND SHUTESBURY

This Agreement entered into pursuant to Chapter 71 of the General Laws of Massachusetts, as amended, WITNESSETH that

WHEREAS, the Towns of Amherst and Pelham have formed a RegionalSchool District under the provisions of said Chapter 71, as amended,known as Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, and have entered intoan Agreement entitled “An Agreement Establishing a Regional SchoolDistrict Comprising the Towns of Amherst and Pelham”; and

WHEREAS, the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury desire to join saidRegional School District and have duly submitted petitions for thatpurpose as provided in Section XI of said Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and of the mutualpromises herein contained, the Towns of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham andShutesbury do mutually agree that:

SECTION I:  Establishment of the Regional School District

a)A Regional School District is hereby established under theprovisions of Section 15 of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, comprisingthe Towns of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury.  Said Towns arereferred to hereinafter as the Participating Towns (Amendment #1, 1955)

SECTION II:  The Regional District School Committee

a)The Regional District School Committee, hereinafter referred to asthe Committee, shall consist of 9 members; 5 from Amherst, 1 fromLeverett, 2 from Pelham, and 1 from Shutesbury.  (Amendment #1, 1955)

b)Within 10 days after the effective date of this Agreement, thelocal school committee of each Participating Town shall select from itsown membership the number of committee members specified in Section II aabove.  Such selectee shall take office on the tenth day after sucheffective date and shall serve until their successors are selected andqualified under Section II c below.

c)The local school committee of each Participating Town shall, within10 days after each annual town election, select from its own membershipthe number specified in Section II above.  Each such selectee shalltake office on the day of his/her selection, and shall serve for theduration of said selectee’s term on the local School Committee, or untila successor has been selected and qualified.  (Amendment #7, 1974)

d)When a vacancy occurs in the Committee, the local school committeeof the town concerned shall select a replacement who may be thereplacement on the local school committee, or, if such exists, a localschool committee member who is not already a member of the Committee.

e)Within 5 days after the members of the initial committee have takenoffice, the Committee shall be convened by the Committee members fromAmherst, and at that time shall choose its officers, establish theirterms of office, and define their duties.  In due course the Committeeshall formulate procedures and a plan of organization adequate to permitthe efficient execution of its duties.

f)The Committee shall establish, and from time to time may relocate,within the District at a place of its own choosing a central office forthe transaction of its business.

g)The Regional Committee shall not assume jurisdiction over thestudents specified in Section IX until it has acquired facilities toprovide for them.  Until such time the students shall be under thejurisdiction of their respective local school committees.  Whenfacilities are acquired a specific date of transfer of jurisdictionshall be arranged by written agreement between the Regional Committeeand the local Committees.

SECTION III:  Powers and Duties of the School District

a)The powers and duties of the Regional School District, hereinafterreferred to as the District, shall be vested in and exercised by theRegional District  School Committee.

b)The District shall be a body politic and corporate with all thepowers and duties conferred upon school committees by law and by thisAgreement and any amendments thereto, and with the additional powers andduties specified in Chapter 71 of the General Laws as now and hereafteramended.

c)The Committee is empowered, subject to the provisions of paragraphsd and e below, to incur debt for the purpose of acquiring land,reconstructing athletic fields, and constructing, reconstructing, addingto, and equipping a school building or buildings; provided however,that any indebtedness so incurred shall not exceed an amount approved bythe Emergency Finance Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Amendment #10, 1981)

d)Within 48 hours after such debt is authorized by the Committee, theCommittee shall mail to the Board of Selectmen in each ParticipatingTown a written notice stating the amount of the debt and the date of itsauthorization.  In addition the Committee shall cause the sameinformation to be published within ten days after such authorization as apaid notice in a newspaper circulating in the District.

e)In accordance with Section 14D of Chapter 71 of the General Laws asamended, debt may be incurred for the above purpose pursuant to theprovisions of Section 16D of the GL, as amended (See Appendix 1).  In atown having representative town government by limited town meetings, avote to express disapproval of the amount of the authorized debt shallbe by representative town meeting with the right of referendumapplicable in such town.

f)With respect to the physical and related aspects of constructingany regional district school building and any major additions oralterations thereto, the Committee shall obtain the advice of at leastthree other persons, of its own selection, who by training or experiencepossess knowledge of building materials and building construction,these additional consultants to serve in an advisory capacity only andwithout pay.

SECTION IV:  Location and Name of the Regional District School

a)The Regional District Schools shall be located within the boundaries of the four towns that comprise the Region.

b)The Committee shall select an appropriate name or names for any school or schools of the Region.

SECTION V:  Type of Regional District School

a)The Regional District shall comprise the grades seven through twelve, inclusive.

SECTION VI:  Apportionment and Payment of Costs Incurred by the District

a)For the purpose of apportioning assessments levied by the Districtagainst the Participating Towns, costs other than those transportationcosts described in Section Xa shall be divided into two categories;capital costs and operating costs.

b)Capital costs shall include all expenditures relating to capitaloutlay such as payment of principal and interest on bonds or otherobligations issued by the District, and any other expenses associatedwith the acquisition of real estate, the construction and improvement ofbuildings, grading, purchase of equipment, and other activitiesincidental to placing in operation the original school plant and anysubsequent additions and improvements thereto.

c)Operating costs shall include all other costs such as salaries,wages, supplies, books and equipment, repair and maintenanceexpenditures, interest on notes issued in anticipation of revenue, andother costs incurred on the day-to-day operation of the school.

d)Capital costs shall be apportioned as follows:  Principal andinterest on bonds or other obligations authorized by vote of theRegional District School Committee adopted prior to July 1, 1968, tofinance capital costs shall be apportioned to the Participating Towns onthe basis of the equalized valuations of said towns as set forth inChapter 559 of the Acts of 1945, entitled “An Act Establishing the Basisof Apportionment of State and County Taxes.”  Principal and interest onbonds or other obligations authorized by vote of the Regional DistrictSchool Committee adopted on or after July 1, 1968, but prior to January1, 1981, to finance capital costs shall be apportioned to theParticipating Towns on the basis of the equalized valuations of saidtowns enacted by the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusettsand in effect on the date such bonds or other obligations are soauthorized.  Principal and interest on bonds or other obligationsauthorized by vote of the Regional District School Committee adopted onor after January 1, 1981 to finance capital costs shall be apportionedto the Participating Towns on the basis of the equalized valuations ofsaid towns as determined and reported by the appropriate State agency ordepartment and in effect on the date such bonds or other obligationsare so authorized.  The proportions shall be computed to the nearesttenth of a percentage point and the proportions shall not be changedduring the period such bonds or other obligations are outstanding exceptas provided in Section XI and XII, provided, however, that if thecapital costs for the construction of the initial regional districtschool (which shall be a three-year senior high school) shall includecommunity-use type of facilities, the proportionate share of the capitalcosts of the Town of Amherst as so determined shall be increased by onepercent and proportionate share of the capital costs of the Town ofPelham as so determined shall be decreased by one percent.  All othercapital costs for the ensuing year shall be apportioned to theParticipating Towns annually prior to the twenty-fourth day followingthe date of the annual budget adoption on the basis of the equalizedvaluation of said towns as last determined and reported by theappropriate State agency or department and in effect at the time theapportionment is so determined.  (Amendment #10, 1981)

e)Operating costs for the ensuing fiscal year shall be apportionedannually pursuant to the provisions of Section 6 of Chapter 70 (seeAppendix 2), as amended, prior to the twenty-fourth day following thedate of the annual budget adoption on the basis of the average pupilmembership, as computed by a five year moving average of which the mostrecent year shall be the previous school year ended June 30, eachParticipating Town’s share to bear the same relationship to operatingcosts as its moving average membership in the Regional District schoolsfrom all the Participating Towns, as determined by the Regional DistrictCommittee, provided, that if the Regional District Schools shall nothave been operated during the school year ending the previous June 30,the basis of such apportionment shall be the average membership,computed on a five year moving average, which each Participating Townwould have had in the Regional District Schools, had they been sooperated.  If the amount of unencumbered surplus funds of the districtat the end of any fiscal year exceeds 5.0 percent of the budgetedoperating and capital costs for the succeeding fiscal year, an amount atleast equal to the amount of such excess shall be applied by thecommittee to reduce the amounts certified to the Participating Towns forsuch succeeding fiscal year in accordance with Section VII.  The movingaverage shall be computed for fiscal 1987 on the basis on the mostrecent three years, for fiscal 1988 on the basis of the most recent fouryears, and for fiscal 1989 and each year thereafter on the basis of themost recent five years. (Amendment #14, 1988; Amendment #15, 2008)

f)Each Participating Town shall pay its proportionate share of thecapital and operating costs to the District each year in equalinstallments not later than the month of May, August, and November, suchpayments to be made in the manner prescribed by law.

g)The Regional School District is authorized if it so votes, toexecute a lease, or leases, to provide space for educational purposes. The period of said lease, or leases, shall not exceed one hundreddollars per room per year.  The lease, or leases, shall contain suchother provisions as the Regional School District and the Town of Amherstacting through its Board of Selectmen may agree upon.  (Amendment #3,1961)

h)The Committee shall cooperate with the school committees of theParticipating Towns in the employment of part-time Superintendent,Supervisors, and other personnel to determine rate of pay andproportionate charges to the various cooperating agencies.

SECTION VII:  Regional School District Budget

a)Not later than forty days prior to the earliest date on which thebusiness session of the annual town meeting of any member town is to beheld, but not later than March thirty-first, the Committee shall adoptan operating and maintenance budget for the next fiscal year, itemizedas follows:  1.  Instruction; 2.  Instructional Support; 3.  OperationalSupport; 4.  Debt [not passed as a town debt exclusion]; 5.  Otherprograms.  (Amendment #13, 1986)

b)Pursuant to the provisions of Section 16B of Chapter 71, theRegional School District Treasurer shall certify those amountsapportioned for each municipality to the treasurers of the severalmunicipalities within thirty days from the day on which the annualbudget is adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Regional District SchoolCommittee, but not later than April thirtieth.  Further, theaforementioned certification will be made to the treasurers not lessthan thirty days before the earliest town meeting of a member town.

c)Pursuant to the provisions of Section 16B of Chapter 71, the annualregional school district budget as adopted by a two-thirds vote of theRegional School District Committee shall require the approval oftwo-third of the local appropriating authorities of the membermunicipalities.

d)The Committee shall consult with the Selectmen of each member towneach year prior to determining guidelines for the Superintendent to usein preparing a budget proposal for the following fiscal year.  (Itemestablished per vote of Amendment #13, 1986.)

SECTION VIII:  Annual Meeting and Annual Report

a)Annually within the fifteen days just prior to the adoption of anannual budget and after ten days’ published notice in each ParticipatingTown, the Committee shall hold a public hearing to discuss the proposedbudget for the ensuing fiscal year and any other matters pertaining tothe educational program of the District. (Amendment #9, 1978)

b)The Committee shall submit to each Participating Town by September15th of each year its annual financial statements for the prior fiscalyear, and a statement showing the method by which the correspondingassessments for each Participating Town were computed, together withsuch additional information relative to the operation of the RegionalDistrict Schools as the Committee or the Selectmen from anyParticipating Town may deem desirable.  (Amendment #13, 1986)

SECTION IX:  Admission of Students

a)The Regional District Schools accept all children who reside in the District and who have completed the sixth grade.

b)Unless provided for in the General Laws and except as provided inSection IX c, no child referred to in Section IX a above may attend atthe expense of the Regional District a school other than the RegionalDistrict Schools except in case the District does not offer comparablefacilities and then only upon approval of the Committee.

c)Children referred to in Section IX a above may attend state-aidedvocational courses in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 74,General Laws.

d)To the extent allowed by the General Laws and with the approval ofthe Committee, and upon such terms as it may determine, childrenresiding outside the District may attend the Regional District Schoolson a tuition basis.

SECTION X:  Transportation

a)The district shall provide transportation for pupils attending theregional district schools as well as pupils attending the elementaryschools of member towns and in further accordance with the policy of theRegional School Committee.  In providing such transportation, thedistrict may contract with one or more of the Participating Towns forthe provision of such transportation once daily to and from the regionaldistrict schools for the pupils residing in such town and entitled tosuch transportation.  The costs of providing transportation for pupilsattending the regional district schools shall be included in thedistrict operating costs.  The costs of providing transportation forpupils attending the elementary schools of member towns shall be billedseparately to each member town annually.  (Amendment #12, 1984;Amendment #15, 2008)

a)Such other transportation as the Committee deems desirable will befurnished by the District and when so provided its costs shall beincluded among operating costs.

SECTION  XI:  Admission of Additional Towns

a)Any town may petition to become a Participating Town in theDistrict under terms stipulated in a proposed amendment to theAgreement.  Said petitioning town shall become a Participating Town ifthe proposed amendment is approved by the Committee and accepted by thepetitioning town and each Participating Town, and provided further thatthe petitioning town shall also accept the Agreement with any amendmentsthereto, approval by the Committee to require a two-thirds vote, andacceptance by the petitioning town and the Participating Towns to be bymajority vote at an annual town meeting, such vote in the case of a townhaving representative town government by limited town meetings to besubject to the right of referendum applicable in such town.

b)Upon admission of a town to the District, assessments leviedagainst the Participating Towns by the District to meet capital costs asdefined in Section VI b shall be stipulated in the Agreement by whichthe town is admitted to the District, and such newly admitted town shallbe responsible for its proportionate share of such capital costs as soreapportioned and for its proportionate share of operating costs asdefined in Section VI c incurred after its admission to the District andapportioned under Section VI e.  (Amendment #1, 1955)

c)The newly admitted town shall pay to the District its share, asdetermined in Section IX b, of the funded indebtedness already retired. For the purpose of this calculation such retired indebtedness shall beconsidered as the difference between (1) the original plus anysubsequent capital costs, exclusive of interest and the total stateconstruction grant, depreciated at the rate of 2 per cent per year, and(2) that part of capital costs as yet unpaid less that part of the stateconstruction grant not yet received.  Such share shall be paid in equalinstallments not later than the tenth of May, August, and November ineach year during the remaining period of indebtedness or for a period often years, whichever period is the longer.  During the remaining periodof indebtedness such payments thus made shall be credited to the othertowns comprising the District in amounts proportionate to the share ofcapital costs each has paid in the past.  Thereafter such payments shallbe made in accordance with Section XI d.

d)If no funded indebtedness exists, the newly admitted town shallnevertheless assume liability for its share of the past fundedindebtedness which shall be computed in the manner described above inSection XI c and paid directly to the other towns then comprising theDistrict in the proportion due each, payments to be made in ten equalannual installments.

e)The newly admitted town shall be liable as a Participating Town forits proportionate share as determined hereunder of any outstandingfunded indebtedness and interest thereon.  The admission of a new townto the District shall be deemed to constitute approval by such town ofthe amount of any funded indebtedness of the District authorized by theCommittee prior to such admission, but which has not been issued and isnot outstanding, and such town shall be liable for its proportionateshare as determined hereunder of any such funded indebtedness whenissued and for interest thereon.  (Amendment #1, 1955)

SECTION XII:  Withdrawal of a Town for the Regional School District

a)Any Participating Town may petition to withdraw from the Districtunder terms stipulated in a proposed amendment to the Agreement provided(1) that such withdrawal is approved by the State Department ofEducation and the Emergency Finance Board, and (2) that the town seekingto withdraw has paid over to the District any operating costs for whichit became liable to the District for its share of the indebtedness ofthe District outstanding at the time of such withdrawal, and forinterest thereon, to the same extent and in the same manner as thoughthe town had not withdrawn from the District except that such liabilityshall be reduced by any amount which such town has paid over at the timeof withdrawal and which has been applied to the payment of suchindebtedness of interest.

b)Said petitioning town shall cease to be a Participating Town if theproposed amendment is approved by the Committee and accepted by thepetitioning town and each of the other Participating Towns, approval bythe Committee to require a two-thirds vote, and acceptance by thepetitioning town and by the other Participating Towns to be by majorityvote at an annual town meeting, such vote in the case of a town havingrepresentative town government by limited town meetings to be subject tothe right of referendum applicable in such town.

c)(Eliminated in the original)

d)Money received by the District from the withdrawing town forpayment of funded indebtedness of interest thereon shall be used forthis purpose only.

SECTION XIII:  Employment of Teachers and Extension of Tenure

a)All teachers in positions to be superseded by the establishment ofthe Regional District Schools shall be given preference for similarpositions in the Regional District Schools to the extent that suchpositions exist therein; and any such teacher who on the date of hiscontract of employment with the District is then on tenure shallcontinue thereafter to serve on a tenure basis.

SECTION XIV:  Amendment of the Agreement

a)This Agreement may be amended by (1) a two-thirds vote of theCommittee and (2) a majority in each of the Participating Towns ateither an annual or a special town meeting, such vote in the case of atown having representative town government by limited town meetings tobe subject to the right of referendum applicable in such town.  Actionto amend the Agreement may be proposed only by the Committee, any suchproposal to be submitted to the selectmen in each Participating Town whoshall cause the question to be voted upon either at the next annualtown meeting or if the Committee so requests at a special town meetingwhich shall be held within thirty (30) days of the date on which theselectmen receive the proposed amendment from the Committee.  (Amendment#5, March 1968)

b)No such amendment shall be made which substantially impairs theright of the holders of any bonds or notes of the District thenoutstanding, or the rights of the District to procure the means forpayment thereof, provided this provision shall not prevent the admissionof a new town to the District and the reapportionment accordingly ofthat part of the cost of construction represented by bonds or notes ofthe District then outstanding, and of interest thereon.

SECTION XV:  Termination of Agreement

a)Subject to provision for the payment of all obligations of theDistrict, this Agreement may be terminated by the process of amendmentas set forth in Section XIV a above, provided further that the terms ofsuch termination are approved by the State Department of Education andthe Emergency Finance Board.

SECTION XVI:  Admission of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury  (Amendment #1, 1955)

a)Upon admission of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury, eachParticipating Town’s share of the capital and operating costs of theDistrict shall be reapportioned so that the resulting apportionmentshall conform to the provisions of Section VI, except as hereinafterprovided.  No operating or capital costs shall be apportioned to theTowns of Leverett and Shutesbury in the calendar year 1955 for paymentin said year, but said towns shall nevertheless be responsible for theirrespective shares as so apportioned of (1) capital costs for the year1955, (2) capital costs which have previously been paid by the Towns ofAmherst and Pelham, and (3) operating costs for the year 1955 incurredafter the admission of said Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury.  Suchcosts shall be apportioned to the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury inDecember 1955 at the time the operating and capital costs for thecalendar year 1956 are apportioned under Section VI.  The respectiveshares of such costs so apportioned shall be added to the respectiveamounts certified to the treasurers of the Towns of Leverett andShutesbury under Section VII, for payment as therein provided in threeequal installments not later than the 10th day of May, August, andNovember, 1956.  Payments made in 1956 by the Towns of Leverett andShutesbury under this Section XVI on account of their respectiveproportionate shares of capital costs for the year 1955 and capitalcosts previously paid by Amherst and Pelham and operating costs for theyear 1955 shall be credited proportionately against amounts due to theDistrict in 1956 from the Towns of Amherst and Pelham in such manner asmay be determined by the Committee consistently (1) with the purpose ofinsuring that each of the four Participating Towns shall have ultimatelypaid its share of the operating costs for 1955 incurred after theadmission of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury as determined inSection VI and (2) with the further purpose of insuring that each ofsaid Participating Towns shall have ultimately paid its proportionalshare of capital costs of the District for the Calendar year 1955 andprior thereto, as if each of said towns had been a member of theDistrict from the time of its establishment.  To the extent that theCommittee determines that it is impossible to complete in 1956 theadjustments necessary to insure the achievement of the purpose stated inclause (2) of the preceding sentence, the Committee shall from time totime make such further adjustments in the amounts apportioned to theParticipating Towns as in its judgment is necessary to insure suchresult.

b)The admission of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury shall beeffective upon acceptance by the Town of Leverett and Shutesbury of thisAmendment and of the Agreement (there being no other amendmentsthereto) and upon acceptance by the Towns of Amherst and Pelham of theAmendment.

c)Within ten days after the admission of the Towns of Leverett andShutesbury shall be effective, the local school committee in each ofsuch towns shall select from its own membership one Committee member whoshall take office on the tenth day after such date and shall serveuntil his successor is selected and qualified as provided in Section II.

SECTION XVII:  Fiscal Year and Times of Payment of Apportioned Costs

The fiscal year or period of the District shall be the same as thefiscal period of the Participating Towns as provided by law, and thewords “year” or “calendar year” as they relate in this Agreement to afiscal or budget year shall mean the fiscal year of the District.

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section VI of this Agreement, thedates on or before which the respective percentages of the annual shareof costs of the District apportioned to each Participating Town shall beas follows:

            August 5th        =    25%
            November 5th        =    25%
            February 5th        =    25%
            May 5th        =    25%
provided, however, that for the fiscal period beginning January 1, 1973and ending June 30, 1974, the dates on or before which the respectivepercentages of the costs of the District for said period apportioned toeach Participating Town shall be paid shall be as follows:

    May 10th        =    33 1/3% of funds needed for 1973
    August 10th        =    33 1/3% of funds needed for 1973
    November 10th        =    33 1/3% of funds needed for 1973
    February 10th        =    50% of funds needed for first six months of 1974
    May 5th        =    50% of funds needed for first six months of 1974

This section shall be effective only to the extent that Chapter 849of the Acts of 1969 as amended shall be in effect.  (Amendment #6,November 20, 1972)

NOTES;  

Original Agreement adopted by Amherst and Pelham in June 1953.

Amendment #1, 1955; Section I, a; Section II, a; Section XI b, e; Section XVI

Amendment #2, 1961; Section VIII, a

Amendment #3, 1961; Section VI, g

Amendment #4, 1967; Section VI, d

Amendment #5, 1968; Section XIV, a

Amendment #6, 1972; Section XVII

Amendment #7, 1974; Section II, c

Amendment #8, 1974; Section VI, e; Section VII, a, b; Section VIII, a, b

Amendment #9, 1978, Section VI, d, e; Section VII, a, b; Section VIII, a

Amendment #10, 1981, Section III, d; Section VI, d

Amendment #11, 1982, Section VI, e

Amendment #12, 1984, Section X, a

Amendment #13, 1986, Section VI, e; Section VII, a, d; Section VIII, b

Amendment #14, 1988, Section VI, e

Amendment #15, 2008, Section VI, e; Section X, a

APPENDIX 1

Chapter 71, Section 16 - Status, Powers, and Duties  (d)
A regional school district established under the provisions of thepreceding section shall be a body politic and corporate with all thepowers and duties conferred by law upon school committees, and with thefollowing additional powers and duties:

(d) To incur debt for the purpose of acquiring land and constructing,reconstructing, adding to, and equipping a school building or buildingsfor a term not exceeding twenty years or for the purpose of remodelingand making extraordinary repairs to a school building or buildings andfor the construction of sewerage systems and sewerage treatment anddisposal facilities, or for the purchase or use of such systems withmunicipalities, for a term not exceeding ten years and for the purposeof purchasing departmental equipment for a term not exceeding fiveyears; or for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing or makingimprovements to outdoor playground, athletic or recreational facilitiesfor a term not exceeding ten years, or for the purpose of constructing,reconstructing or resurfacing roadways and parking lots for a term notexceeding ten years; provided, however, that any indebtedness soincurred shall not exceed an amount approved by the emergency financeboard; and provided, further, that written notice of the amount of thedebt and of the general purposes for which it was authorized shall begiven to the board of selectmen in each of the towns comprising thedistrict not later than seven days after the date on which said debt wasauthorized by the district committee; and no debt may be incurred untilthe expiration of sixty days from the date on which said debt was soauthorized; and prior to the expiration of said period any member townof the regional school district may hold a town meeting for the purposeof expressing disapproval of the amount of debt authorized by thedistrict committee, and if at such meeting a majority of the voterspresent and voting thereon express disapproval of the amount authorizedby the district committee, the said debt shall not be incurred and thedistrict school committee shall prepare another proposal which may bethe same as any prior proposal which may be the same as any priorproposal and an authorization to incur debt therefor.  

In the case of a vocational regional school district, if the districtagreement so provides or is amended to so provide, such debt may alsobe incurred if two thirds of the member towns do not vote disapprovalwithin said sixty day period provided that said towns which have notvoted disapproval agree, within ninety days of the date on which saiddebt was authorized, to pay the total bond indebtedness authorized bythe district committee without contribution by the member towns whichvoted disapproval of the amount of said debt.  The member towns of suchvocational regional school district which have voted disapproval of thenew indebtedness shall have the right to retain their membership in theschool district as provided in their district agreement except that theyshall not be allowed any added enrollment that might result solely fromthe expansion of facilities that occurs on account of said newindebtedness.
 

APPENDIX 2

Chapter 70, Section 6

Any city, town or regional school district may apply to the board forreimbursement, in whole or in part, of any expenses incurred forsurveys made of school building needs and conditions, the contract forwhich has been approved by the board.  The said board may, uponcompletion of the survey, certify to the comptroller for payment to thecity, town or regional school district such amount, not exceeding suchexpenses, as it may deem proper, and the state treasurer shall forthwithmake the payments so certified from any funds appropriated therefor.