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90_SB0555enr 105 ILCS 5/10-22.31 from Ch. 122, par. 10-22.31 105 ILCS 5/10-22.31.1 new Amends the School Code to allow a community unit district to withdraw from a special education joint agreement program upon 60 days notice and the filing of an intent to withdraw statement with the governing board of the joint agreement program. Effective immediately. SRS90S0014KSch SB555 Enrolled SRS90S0014KSch 1 AN ACT to amend the School Code by changing Section 2 10-22.31 and adding Section 10-22.31.1. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 1. The School Code is amended by changing 6 Section 10-22.31 and adding Section 10-22.31.1 as follows: 7 (105 ILCS 5/10-22.31) (from Ch. 122, par. 10-22.31) 8 Sec. 10-22.31. Special education. 9 (a) To enter into joint agreements with other school 10 boards to provide the needed special educational facilities 11 and to employ a director and other professional workers as 12 defined in Section 14-1.10 and to establish facilities as 13 defined in Section 14-1.08 for the types of children 14 described in Sections 14-1.02 through 14-1.07. The director 15 (who may be employed under a multi-year contract as provided 16 in subsection (c) of this Section) and other professional 17 workers may be employed by one district, which shall be 18 reimbursed on a mutually agreed basis by other districts that 19 are parties to the joint agreement. Such agreements may 20 provide that one district may supply professional workers for 21 a joint program conducted in another district. Such 22 agreement shall provide that any full-time school 23 psychologist who is employed by a joint agreement program and 24 spends over 50% of his or her time in one school district 25 shall not be required to work a different teaching schedule 26 than the other school psychologists in that district. Such 27 agreement shall include, but not be limited to, provisions 28 for administration, staff, programs, financing, housing, 29 transportation,
andan advisory body, and shall providefor 30 the withdrawal of districts from the joint agreement. Except 31 as otherwise provided in Section 10-22.31.1, the withdrawal SB555 Enrolled -2- SRS90S0014KSch 1 of districts from the joint agreement shall be by petition to 2 the regional board of school trustees. Such agreement may be 3 amended at any time as provided in the joint agreement or, if 4 the joint agreement does not so provide, then such agreement 5 may be amended at any time upon the adoption of concurring 6 resolutions by the school boards of all member districts. A 7 fully executed copy of any such agreement or amendment 8 entered into on or after January 1, 1989 shall be filed with 9 the State Board of Education. Such petitions for withdrawal 10 shall be made to the regional board of school trustees of all 11 counties having jurisdiction over one or more of the 12 districts in the joint agreement. Upon receipt of a petition 13 for withdrawal, the regional boards of school trustees having 14 jurisdiction over the cooperating districts shall publish 15 notice of and conduct a joint hearing on the issue as 16 provided in Section 7-6. No such petition may be considered, 17 however, unless in compliance with Section 7-8. If approved 18 by a 2/3 vote of all trustees of those regional boards, at a 19 joint meeting, the withdrawal takes effect as provided in 20 Section 7-9 of this Act. 21 (b) To either (1) designate an administrative district 22 to act as fiscal and legal agent for the districts that are 23 parties to the joint agreement, or (2) designate a governing 24 board composed of one member of the school board of each 25 cooperating district and designated by such boards to act in 26 accordance with the joint agreement. No such governing board 27 may levy taxes and no such governing board may incur any 28 indebtedness except within an annual budget for the joint 29 agreement approved by the governing board and by the boards 30 of at least a majority of the cooperating school districts or 31 a number of districts greater than a majority if required by 32 the joint agreement. If more than 17 school districts are 33 parties to the joint agreement, the governing board may 34 appoint an executive board of at least 7 members to SB555 Enrolled -3- SRS90S0014KSch 1 administer the joint agreement in accordance with its terms. 2 At least a majority of the members appointed to the executive 3 board shall be members of the school boards of the 4 cooperating districts. If the governing board wishes to 5 appoint members who are not school board members, they shall 6 be superintendents from the cooperating districts. 7 (c) To employ a director of a joint agreement program 8 under a multi-year contract. No such contract can be offered 9 or accepted for less than or more than 3 years, except for a 10 person serving as a director of a special education joint 11 agreement for the first time in Illinois. In such a case, 12 the initial contract shall be for a 2 year period. Such 13 contract may be discontinued at any time by mutual agreement 14 of the contracting parties, or may be extended for an 15 additional 3 years at the end of any year. 16 The contract year is July 1 through the following June 17 30th, unless the contract specifically provides otherwise. 18 Notice of intent not to renew a contract when given by a 19 controlling board or administrative district must be in 20 writing stating the specific reason therefor. Notice of 21 intent not to renew the contract must be given by the 22 controlling board or the administrative district at least 90 23 days before the contract expires. Failure to do so will 24 automatically extend the contract for one additional year. 25 By accepting the terms of the multi-year contract, the 26 director of a special education joint agreement waives all 27 rights granted under Sections 24-11 through 24-16 for the 28 duration of his or her employment as a director of a special 29 education joint agreement. 30 (d) To designate a district that is a party to the joint 31 agreement as the issuer of bonds or notes for the purposes 32 and in the manner provided in this Section. It is not 33 necessary for such district to also be the administrative 34 district for the joint agreement, nor is it necessary for the SB555 Enrolled -4- SRS90S0014KSch 1 same district to be designated as the issuer of all series of 2 bonds or notes issued hereunder. Any district so designated 3 may, from time to time, borrow money and, in evidence of its 4 obligation to repay the borrowing, issue its negotiable bonds 5 or notes for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, 6 altering, repairing, enlarging and equipping any building or 7 portion thereof, together with any land or interest therein, 8 necessary to provide special educational facilities and 9 services as defined in Section 14-1.08. Title in and to any 10 such facilities shall be held in accordance with the joint 11 agreement. 12 Any such bonds or notes shall be authorized by a 13 resolution of the board of education of the issuing district. 14 The resolution may contain such covenants as may be deemed 15 necessary or advisable by the district to assure the payment 16 of the bonds or notes. The resolution shall be effective 17 immediately upon its adoption. 18 Prior to the issuance of such bonds or notes, each school 19 district that is a party to the joint agreement shall agree, 20 whether by amendment to the joint agreement or by resolution 21 of the board of education, to be jointly and severally liable 22 for the payment of the bonds and notes. The bonds or notes 23 shall be payable solely and only from the payments made 24 pursuant to such agreement. 25 Neither the bonds or notes nor the obligation to pay the 26 bonds or notes under any joint agreement shall constitute an 27 indebtedness of any district, including the issuing district, 28 within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory 29 limitation. 30 As long as any bonds or notes are outstanding and unpaid, 31 the agreement by a district to pay the bonds and notes shall 32 be irrevocable notwithstanding the district's withdrawal from 33 membership in the joint special education program. 34 (e) If a district whose employees are on strike was, SB555 Enrolled -5- SRS90S0014KSch 1 prior to the strike, sending students with disabilities to 2 special educational facilities and services in another 3 district or cooperative, the district affected by the strike 4 shall continue to send such students during the strike and 5 shall be eligible to receive appropriate State reimbursement. 6 (f) With respect to those joint agreements that have a 7 governing board composed of one member of the school board of 8 each cooperating district and designated by those boards to 9 act in accordance with the joint agreement, the governing 10 board shall have, in addition to its other powers under this 11 Section, the authority to issue bonds or notes for the 12 purposes and in the manner provided in this subsection. The 13 governing board of the joint agreement may from time to time 14 borrow money and, in evidence of its obligation to repay the 15 borrowing, issue its negotiable bonds or notes for the 16 purpose of acquiring, constructing, altering, repairing, 17 enlarging and equipping any building or portion thereof, 18 together with any land or interest therein, necessary to 19 provide special educational facilities and services as 20 defined in Section 14-1.08 and including also facilities for 21 activities of administration and educational support 22 personnel employees. Title in and to any such facilities 23 shall be held in accordance with the joint agreement. 24 Any such bonds or notes shall be authorized by a 25 resolution of the governing board. The resolution may 26 contain such covenants as may be deemed necessary or 27 advisable by the governing board to assure the payment of the 28 bonds or notes and interest accruing thereon. The resolution 29 shall be effective immediately upon its adoption. 30 Each school district that is a party to the joint 31 agreement shall be automatically liable, by virtue of its 32 membership in the joint agreement, for its proportionate 33 share of the principal amount of the bonds and notes plus 34 interest accruing thereon, as provided in the resolution. SB555 Enrolled -6- SRS90S0014KSch 1 Subject to the joint and several liability hereinafter 2 provided for, the resolution may provide for different 3 payment schedules for different districts except that the 4 aggregate amount of scheduled payments for each district 5 shall be equal to its proportionate share of the debt service 6 in the bonds or notes based upon the fraction that its 7 equalized assessed valuation bears to the total equalized 8 assessed valuation of all the district members of the joint 9 agreement as adjusted in the manner hereinafter provided. In 10 computing that fraction the most recent available equalized 11 assessed valuation at the time of the issuance of the bonds 12 and notes shall be used, and the equalized assessed valuation 13 of any district maintaining grades K to 12 shall be doubled 14 in both the numerator and denominator of the fraction used 15 for all of the districts that are members of the joint 16 agreement. In case of default in payment by any member, each 17 school district that is a party to the joint agreement shall 18 automatically be jointly and severally liable for the amount 19 of any deficiency. The bonds or notes and interest thereon 20 shall be payable solely and only from the funds made 21 available pursuant to the procedures set forth in this 22 subsection. No project authorized under this subsection may 23 require an annual contribution for bond payments from any 24 member district in excess of 0.15% of the value of taxable 25 property as equalized or assessed by the Department of 26 Revenue in the case of districts maintaining grades K-8 or 27 9-12 and 0.30% of the value of taxable property as equalized 28 or assessed by the Department of Revenue in the case of 29 districts maintaining grades K-12. This limitation on taxing 30 authority is expressly applicable to taxing authority 31 provided under Section 17-9 and other applicable Sections of 32 this Act. Nothing contained in this subsection shall be 33 construed as an exception to the property tax limitations 34 contained in Section 17-2, 17-2.2a, 17-5, or any other SB555 Enrolled -7- SRS90S0014KSch 1 applicable Section of this Act. 2 Neither the bonds or notes nor the obligation to pay the 3 bonds or notes under any joint agreement shall constitute an 4 indebtedness of any district within the meaning of any 5 constitutional or statutory limitation. 6 As long as any bonds or notes are outstanding and unpaid, 7 the obligation of a district to pay its proportionate share 8 of the principal of and interest on the bonds and notes as 9 required in this Section shall be a general obligation of the 10 district payable from any and all sources of revenue 11 designated for that purpose by the board of education of the 12 district and shall be irrevocable notwithstanding the 13 district's withdrawal from membership in the joint special 14 education program. 15 (Source: P.A. 88-125; 88-686, eff. 1-24-95; 89-397, eff. 16 8-20-95; 89-613, eff. 8-9-96; 89-626, eff. 8-9-96.) 17 (105 ILCS 5/10-22.31.1 new) 18 Sec. 10-22.31.1. Withdrawal from certain joint agreement 19 programs. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 20 10-22.31, a community unit school district that is the only 21 school district in its county that is a member of its special 22 education joint agreement program and that had a 1994-95 23 average daily attendance of at least 550, but not more than 24 650, and a 1994 equalized assessed valuation of at least 25 $40,000,000, but not more than $43,000,000, may withdraw from 26 its special education joint agreement program consisting of 27 at least 19 school districts located in at least 9 different 28 counties upon approval by the school board of the community 29 unit district and notification to and the filing of an intent 30 to withdraw statement with the governing board of the joint 31 agreement program. Such notification and statement shall 32 specify the effective date of the withdrawal, which in no 33 case shall be less than 60 days after the date of the filing SB555 Enrolled -8- SRS90S0014KSch 1 of the petition. Upon receipt of the notification and 2 statement, the governing board of the joint agreement program 3 shall distribute a copy to each member district of the joint 4 agreement and shall initiate any appropriate allocation of 5 assets and liabilities among the remaining member districts 6 to take effect upon the date of the withdrawal. The 7 withdrawal shall take effect upon the date specified in the 8 notification and statement. 9 Section 99. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
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