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

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

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

SECTION I:  Establishment of the Regional School District

a)A Regional School District is hereby established under the provisions of Section 15 of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, comprising the Towns of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury.  Said Towns are referred 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 as the Committee, shall consist of 9 members; 5 from Amherst, 1 from Leverett, 2 from Pelham, and 1 from Shutesbury.  (Amendment #1, 1955)

b)Within 10 days after the effective date of this Agreement, the local school committee of each Participating Town shall select from its own membership the number of committee members specified in Section II a above.  Such selectee shall take office on the tenth day after such effective date and shall serve until their successors are selected and qualified under Section II c below.

c)The local school committee of each Participating Town shall, within 10 days after each annual town election, select from its own membership the number specified in Section II above.  Each such selectee shall take office on the day of his/her selection, and shall serve for the duration of said selectee’s term on the local School Committee, or until a successor has been selected and qualified.  (Amendment #7, 1974)

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

e)Within 5 days after the members of the initial committee have taken office, the Committee shall be convened by the Committee members from Amherst, and at that time shall choose its officers, establish their terms of office, and define their duties.  In due course the Committee shall formulate procedures and a plan of organization adequate to permit the 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 for the transaction of its business.

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

SECTION III:  Powers and Duties of the School District

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

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

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

d)Within 48 hours after such debt is authorized by the Committee, the Committee shall mail to the Board of Selectmen in each Participating Town a written notice stating the amount of the debt and the date of its authorization.  In addition the Committee shall cause the same information to be published within ten days after such authorization as a paid notice in a newspaper circulating in the District.

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

f)With respect to the physical and related aspects of constructing any regional district school building and any major additions or alterations thereto, the Committee shall obtain the advice of at least three other persons, of its own selection, who by training or experience possess knowledge of building materials and building construction, these additional consultants to serve in an advisory capacity only and without 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 District against the Participating Towns, costs other than those transportation costs described in Section Xa shall be divided into two categories; capital costs and operating costs.

b)Capital costs shall include all expenditures relating to capital outlay such as payment of principal and interest on bonds or other obligations issued by the District, and any other expenses associated with the acquisition of real estate, the construction and improvement of buildings, grading, purchase of equipment, and other activities incidental to placing in operation the original school plant and any subsequent additions and improvements thereto.

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

d)Capital costs shall be apportioned as follows:  Principal and interest on bonds or other obligations authorized by vote of the Regional District School Committee adopted prior to July 1, 1968, to finance capital costs shall be apportioned to the Participating Towns on the basis of the equalized valuations of said towns as set forth in Chapter 559 of the Acts of 1945, entitled “An Act Establishing the Basis of Apportionment of State and County Taxes.”  Principal and interest on bonds or other obligations authorized by vote of the Regional District School Committee adopted on or after July 1, 1968, but prior to January 1, 1981, to finance capital costs shall be apportioned to the Participating Towns on the basis of the equalized valuations of said towns enacted by the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in effect on the date such bonds or other obligations are so authorized.  Principal and interest on bonds or other obligations authorized by vote of the Regional District School Committee adopted on or after January 1, 1981 to finance capital costs shall be apportioned to the Participating Towns on the basis of the equalized valuations of said towns as determined and reported by the appropriate State agency or department and in effect on the date such bonds or other obligations are so authorized.  The proportions shall be computed to the nearest tenth of a percentage point and the proportions shall not be changed during the period such bonds or other obligations are outstanding except as provided in Section XI and XII, provided, however, that if the capital costs for the construction of the initial regional district school (which shall be a three-year senior high school) shall include community-use type of facilities, the proportionate share of the capital costs of the Town of Amherst as so determined shall be increased by one percent and proportionate share of the capital costs of the Town of Pelham as so determined shall be decreased by one percent.  All other capital costs for the ensuing year shall be apportioned to the Participating Towns annually prior to the twenty-fourth day following the date of the annual budget adoption on the basis of the equalized valuation of said towns as last determined and reported by the appropriate State agency or department and in effect at the time the apportionment is so determined.  (Amendment #10, 1981)

e)Operating costs for the ensuing fiscal year shall be apportioned annually pursuant to the provisions of Section 6 of Chapter 70 (see Appendix 2), as amended, prior to the twenty-fourth day following the date of the annual budget adoption on the basis of the average pupil membership, as computed by a five year moving average of which the most recent year shall be the previous school year ended June 30, each Participating Town’s share to bear the same relationship to operating costs as its moving average membership in the Regional District schools from all the Participating Towns, as determined by the Regional District Committee, provided, that if the Regional District Schools shall not have 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 Town would have had in the Regional District Schools, had they been so operated.  If the amount of unencumbered surplus funds of the district at the end of any fiscal year exceeds 5.0 percent of the budgeted operating and capital costs for the succeeding fiscal year, an amount at least equal to the amount of such excess shall be applied by the committee to reduce the amounts certified to the Participating Towns for such succeeding fiscal year in accordance with Section VII.  The moving average shall be computed for fiscal 1987 on the basis on the most recent three years, for fiscal 1988 on the basis of the most recent four years, and for fiscal 1989 and each year thereafter on the basis of the most recent five years. (Amendment #14, 1988; Amendment #15, 2008)

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

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

h)The Committee shall cooperate with the school committees of the Participating Towns in the employment of part-time Superintendent, Supervisors, and other personnel to determine rate of pay and proportionate 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 the business session of the annual town meeting of any member town is to be held, but not later than March thirty-first, the Committee shall adopt an operating and maintenance budget for the next fiscal year, itemized as follows:  1.  Instruction; 2.  Instructional Support; 3.  Operational Support; 4.  Debt [not passed as a town debt exclusion]; 5.  Other programs.  (Amendment #13, 1986)

b)Pursuant to the provisions of Section 16B of Chapter 71, the Regional School District Treasurer shall certify those amounts apportioned for each municipality to the treasurers of the several municipalities within thirty days from the day on which the annual budget is adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Regional District School Committee, but not later than April thirtieth.  Further, the aforementioned certification will be made to the treasurers not less than thirty days before the earliest town meeting of a member town.

c)Pursuant to the provisions of Section 16B of Chapter 71, the annual regional school district budget as adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Regional School District Committee shall require the approval of two-third of the local appropriating authorities of the member municipalities.

d)The Committee shall consult with the Selectmen of each member town each year prior to determining guidelines for the Superintendent to use in preparing a budget proposal for the following fiscal year.  (Item established 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 an annual budget and after ten days’ published notice in each Participating Town, the Committee shall hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed budget for the ensuing fiscal year and any other matters pertaining to the educational program of the District. (Amendment #9, 1978)

b)The Committee shall submit to each Participating Town by September 15th of each year its annual financial statements for the prior fiscal year, and a statement showing the method by which the corresponding assessments for each Participating Town were computed, together with such additional information relative to the operation of the Regional District Schools as the Committee or the Selectmen from any Participating 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 in Section IX c, no child referred to in Section IX a above may attend at the expense of the Regional District a school other than the Regional District Schools except in case the District does not offer comparable facilities and then only upon approval of the Committee.

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

d)To the extent allowed by the General Laws and with the approval of the Committee, and upon such terms as it may determine, children residing outside the District may attend the Regional District Schools on a tuition basis.

SECTION X:  Transportation

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

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

SECTION  XI:  Admission of Additional Towns

a)Any town may petition to become a Participating Town in the District under terms stipulated in a proposed amendment to the Agreement.  Said petitioning town shall become a Participating Town if the proposed amendment is approved by the Committee and accepted by the petitioning town and each Participating Town, and provided further that the petitioning town shall also accept the Agreement with any amendments thereto, approval by the Committee to require a two-thirds vote, and acceptance by the petitioning town and the Participating Towns to be by majority vote at an annual town meeting, such vote in the case of a town having representative town government by limited town meetings to be subject to the right of referendum applicable in such town.

b)Upon admission of a town to the District, assessments levied against the Participating Towns by the District to meet capital costs as defined in Section VI b shall be stipulated in the Agreement by which the town is admitted to the District, and such newly admitted town shall be responsible for its proportionate share of such capital costs as so reapportioned and for its proportionate share of operating costs as defined in Section VI c incurred after its admission to the District and apportioned under Section VI e.  (Amendment #1, 1955)

c)The newly admitted town shall pay to the District its share, as determined in Section IX b, of the funded indebtedness already retired.  For the purpose of this calculation such retired indebtedness shall be considered as the difference between (1) the original plus any subsequent capital costs, exclusive of interest and the total state construction 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 state construction grant not yet received.  Such share shall be paid in equal installments not later than the tenth of May, August, and November in each year during the remaining period of indebtedness or for a period of ten years, whichever period is the longer.  During the remaining period of indebtedness such payments thus made shall be credited to the other towns comprising the District in amounts proportionate to the share of capital costs each has paid in the past.  Thereafter such payments shall be made in accordance with Section XI d.

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

e)The newly admitted town shall be liable as a Participating Town for its proportionate share as determined hereunder of any outstanding funded indebtedness and interest thereon.  The admission of a new town to the District shall be deemed to constitute approval by such town of the amount of any funded indebtedness of the District authorized by the Committee prior to such admission, but which has not been issued and is not outstanding, and such town shall be liable for its proportionate share as determined hereunder of any such funded indebtedness when issued 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 District under terms stipulated in a proposed amendment to the Agreement provided (1) that such withdrawal is approved by the State Department of Education and the Emergency Finance Board, and (2) that the town seeking to withdraw has paid over to the District any operating costs for which it became liable to the District for its share of the indebtedness of the District outstanding at the time of such withdrawal, and for interest thereon, to the same extent and in the same manner as though the town had not withdrawn from the District except that such liability shall be reduced by any amount which such town has paid over at the time of withdrawal and which has been applied to the payment of such indebtedness of interest.

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

c)(Eliminated in the original)

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

SECTION XIII:  Employment of Teachers and Extension of Tenure

a)All teachers in positions to be superseded by the establishment of the Regional District Schools shall be given preference for similar positions in the Regional District Schools to the extent that such positions exist therein; and any such teacher who on the date of his contract of employment with the District is then on tenure shall continue 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 the Committee and (2) a majority in each of the Participating Towns at either an annual or a special town meeting, such vote in the case of a town having representative town government by limited town meetings to be subject to the right of referendum applicable in such town.  Action to amend the Agreement may be proposed only by the Committee, any such proposal to be submitted to the selectmen in each Participating Town who shall cause the question to be voted upon either at the next annual town meeting or if the Committee so requests at a special town meeting which shall be held within thirty (30) days of the date on which the selectmen receive the proposed amendment from the Committee.  (Amendment #5, March 1968)

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

SECTION XV:  Termination of Agreement

a)Subject to provision for the payment of all obligations of the District, this Agreement may be terminated by the process of amendment as set forth in Section XIV a above, provided further that the terms of such termination are approved by the State Department of Education and the 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, each Participating Town’s share of the capital and operating costs of the District shall be reapportioned so that the resulting apportionment shall conform to the provisions of Section VI, except as hereinafter provided.  No operating or capital costs shall be apportioned to the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury in the calendar year 1955 for payment in said year, but said towns shall nevertheless be responsible for their respective shares as so apportioned of (1) capital costs for the year 1955, (2) capital costs which have previously been paid by the Towns of Amherst and Pelham, and (3) operating costs for the year 1955 incurred after the admission of said Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury.  Such costs shall be apportioned to the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury in December 1955 at the time the operating and capital costs for the calendar year 1956 are apportioned under Section VI.  The respective shares of such costs so apportioned shall be added to the respective amounts certified to the treasurers of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury under Section VII, for payment as therein provided in three equal installments not later than the 10th day of May, August, and November, 1956.  Payments made in 1956 by the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury under this Section XVI on account of their respective proportionate shares of capital costs for the year 1955 and capital costs previously paid by Amherst and Pelham and operating costs for the year 1955 shall be credited proportionately against amounts due to the District in 1956 from the Towns of Amherst and Pelham in such manner as may be determined by the Committee consistently (1) with the purpose of insuring that each of the four Participating Towns shall have ultimately paid its share of the operating costs for 1955 incurred after the admission of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury as determined in Section VI and (2) with the further purpose of insuring that each of said Participating Towns shall have ultimately paid its proportional share of capital costs of the District for the Calendar year 1955 and prior thereto, as if each of said towns had been a member of the District from the time of its establishment.  To the extent that the Committee determines that it is impossible to complete in 1956 the adjustments necessary to insure the achievement of the purpose stated in clause (2) of the preceding sentence, the Committee shall from time to time make such further adjustments in the amounts apportioned to the Participating Towns as in its judgment is necessary to insure such result.

b)The admission of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury shall be effective upon acceptance by the Town of Leverett and Shutesbury of this Amendment and of the Agreement (there being no other amendments thereto) and upon acceptance by the Towns of Amherst and Pelham of the Amendment.

c)Within ten days after the admission of the Towns of Leverett and Shutesbury shall be effective, the local school committee in each of such towns shall select from its own membership one Committee member who shall take office on the tenth day after such date and shall serve until 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 the fiscal period of the Participating Towns as provided by law, and the words “year” or “calendar year” as they relate in this Agreement to a fiscal or budget year shall mean the fiscal year of the District.

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section VI of this Agreement, the dates on or before which the respective percentages of the annual share of costs of the District apportioned to each Participating Town shall be as follows:

            August 5th        =    25%
            November 5th        =    25%
            February 5th        =    25%
            May 5th        =    25%
provided, however, that for the fiscal period beginning January 1, 1973 and ending June 30, 1974, the dates on or before which the respective percentages of the costs of the District for said period apportioned to each 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 849 of 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 the preceding section shall be a body politic and corporate with all the powers and duties conferred by law upon school committees, and with the following 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 buildings for a term not exceeding twenty years or for the purpose of remodeling and making extraordinary repairs to a school building or buildings and for the construction of sewerage systems and sewerage treatment and disposal facilities, or for the purchase or use of such systems with municipalities, for a term not exceeding ten years and for the purpose of purchasing departmental equipment for a term not exceeding five years; or for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing or making improvements to outdoor playground, athletic or recreational facilities for a term not exceeding ten years, or for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing or resurfacing roadways and parking lots for a term not exceeding ten years; provided, however, that any indebtedness so incurred shall not exceed an amount approved by the emergency finance board; and provided, further, that written notice of the amount of the debt and of the general purposes for which it was authorized shall be given to the board of selectmen in each of the towns comprising the district not later than seven days after the date on which said debt was authorized by the district committee; and no debt may be incurred until the expiration of sixty days from the date on which said debt was so authorized; and prior to the expiration of said period any member town of the regional school district may hold a town meeting for the purpose of expressing disapproval of the amount of debt authorized by the district committee, and if at such meeting a majority of the voters present and voting thereon express disapproval of the amount authorized by the district committee, the said debt shall not be incurred and the district school committee shall prepare another proposal which may be the same as any prior proposal which may be the same as any prior proposal and an authorization to incur debt therefor.  

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

APPENDIX 2

Chapter 70, Section 6

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

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