Code of Maine Rules
05 - DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
071 - EDUCATION - GENERAL
Chapter 26 - RULES RELATING TO REORGANIZATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS
Section 071-26-2 - Required Actions to Close an Elementary School

Current through 2023-52, December 27, 2023

A. Before an elementary school may be dosed in accordance with Title 20-A MRSA §1407 and these rules, each of the required actions in paragraphs B - E below must be implemented, in the sequences indicated.

B. The first requirement is for the S.A.D. to submit to the Department and to the member municipality all of the cost data and explanations that are described in Section 3, paragraph 1 of these rules.

C. If the member municipality wishes to comment on the compliance of the cost data in paragraph B with Title 20-A MRSA §1407 and these rules, then it must deliver written comments to the Department within 10 days of the receipt of the cost data from the SAD.

D. Within 20 days of the receipt of the cost data from the S.A.D. or within 10 days of the receipt of comments from the member municipality, whichever comes later, the Department will complete a review of the cost data and explanations submitted by the S.A.D. and any comments that may be submitted by the member municipality, and advise the S.A.D. and the member municipality of one of the following:

(1) a statement that the cost data submitted by the S.A.D. in accordance with paragraph B are considered to be in compliance with 20-A MRSA §1407 and these rules, and the cost that will be incurred by the member municipality; or

(2) a statement that the cost data submitted by the S.A.D. in accordance with paragraph B are not in compliance with 20-A MRSA §1407 and/or these rules, and must be resubmitted in accordance with paragraph B.

E. If a majority of those voting in the member municipality referendum vote to keep the elementary school open for a school year, then that elementary school will remain open and the member municipality will assume the obligation of paying to the SAD., for that school year, the additional funds as specified in paragraph W.

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