SENATE, No. 2003
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED APRIL 17, 1997
By Senator GORMLEY
An Act concerning school district consolidation of services grants and amending P.L.1996, c.138.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 30 of P.L.1996, c.138 (C.18A:7F-30) is amended to read as follows:
30. a. The Commissioner of Education shall establish a Consolidation of Services Grant Program in the 1997-98 school year. The goal of the grant program shall be to utilize the county special services school districts and other districts to promote shared services and regionalization of such services as transportation, child study teams, related and other specialized services, programs of professional development, legal and arbitration services, technology, and purchasing.
A county special services school district or other district which elects to participate in the grant program shall submit an application to the Department of Education based upon a request for proposal developed by the department [in consultation with the county special services school districts]. [Three] Twelve grants in the amount of $50,000 per grant shall be awarded by the commissioner in the first year of the program and an additional [two] eight grants in the second year. [The total grants awarded by the department in the first year of the program shall be in the amount of $600,000.]
b. The commissioner may establish a five-year sending-receiving school district tuition calculation pilot project for the Ocean Township School District in Ocean County and the Barnegat School District in Ocean County. The project shall provide a procedure whereby the tuition charged by a receiving school district shall be established in relationship to the maximum T&E budget.
(cf: P.L.1996, c.138, s.30)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill provides that school districts, in addition to county special services school districts, may participate in the Consolidation of Services Grant Program established under the "Comprehensive Educational Improvement and Financing Act of 1996," P.L.1996, c.138. The goal of that grant program is to promote shared services and regionalization of services among school districts such as transportation, child study teams, and other specialized services.
The bill provides that in the 1997-98 school year, twelve grants in the amount of $50,000 each will be awarded, and in the second year eight grants will be awarded.
Expands the school districts which may participate in the Consolidation of Services Grant Program.