Reorganization, Dissolution and Sharing
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Reorganization and Dissolution History
Following is the history of district reorganization and dissolution action.
Periodically the Iowa legislature enacts financial incentives to encourage districts to share programs and staff, and to encourage reorganization of two or more school districts when it is beneficial for the students of those districts.
Guidance on Applications Related to Supplementary Weighting
Applications to determine if the districts qualify for supplementary weighting under whole grade sharing joint employment are due no later than July 1 of the fiscal year in which the district/s intend to request joint employment whole grade sharing supplementary weighting. Send the complete application packet to Su McCurdy.
Applications to determine eligibility for supplementary weighting for hosting a regional academy are due no later than September 1 of the fiscal year in which the district intends to request regional academy supplementary weighting. The funding agreement is a written agreement on how the supplementary weighting generated by all of the districts with students participating in the regional academy courses will be expended. The funding agreement and board minutes showing approval of the agreement are due no later than October 1 of the school year in which the host intends to request regional academy supplementary weighting. Send the complete application and funding agreement packet to Su McCurdy.
The Sharing, Reorganization and Dissolution Guide was updated in 2009. It includes information on sharing opportunities; reorganization, dissolution, and merger procedures; and district reorganization plans by AEAs.
AEA Reorganization Plans
Iowa Code subsection 275.1(3) requires that AEAs develop detailed studies of districts within the AEA and all adjacent territory for the purpose of providing for reorganization of school districts in order to effect more economical operation and the attainment of higher standards of education in the schools. The plans shall be revised periodically to reflect reorganizations which may have taken place in the AEA and adjacent territory.
Operation Function Sharing
Operational function sharing is an incentive for districts and AEAs to reduce costs by sharing management personnel in the areas of superintendent management, business management, human resources management, transportation management, operations and maintenance management, curriculum director, school administration manager, social worker, school nurse, school counselor, and school librarian. Districts and AEAs may share personnel with any Iowa governmental subdivision in addition to other districts and AEAs. The services must be shared for at least 20 percent of the normal, full-time contract hours for the position in the school year in each district or AEA requesting the supplementary weighting for sharing, and the shared individual must perform the services of the same discrete operational function for each of the sharing partners. The incentive is available for up to five years, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year through the 2018-2019 school year. For more detail on the incentive, refer to Iowa Administrative Code chapter 281--97.
The following spreadsheet shows the history of supplementary weighting for operation function sharing by districts and AEAs. It also shows the positions that are being shared for supplementary weighting during fiscal year 2010-2011.