View Amendment Current Amendment: 203C001.NBD.DG19.docx to Bill 203     Senator FANNING proposed the following amendment (DG\203C001.NBD.DG19):
    Amend the bill, as and if amended, SECTION 1, by striking Section 59-17-145(A) and (B) and inserting:

/     SECTION     1.     Chapter 17, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 59-17-45.     (A)(1)     On or before August 1, 2022, any local school district meeting the following characteristics shall be eligible to receive appropriated funds for the purpose of consolidating with other contiguous districts within its county:
            (a)     based on the forty-five day average daily student membership count received by the Department of Education for the 2018-19 School Year, maintains an average daily membership that is less than one thousand five hundred; and
            (b)     is located within a county ranked as Tier IV in the 2018 tax year pursuant to Section 12-6-3360(B).
        (2)     The funds must be used to support costs directly related to the consolidation, including, but not limited to, salary adjustments, facilities, debt mitigation, millage rate adjustments, transportation, technology, and other factors that the district demonstrates are necessary to complete consolidation. The Department of Education is eligible to carry forward these funds from one fiscal year to the next and use them for the same purpose.
        (3)     On or before August 1, 2020, eligible districts must submit a preliminary consolidation plan and timeline to the Department of Education for review and approval and must include the proposed use of funds. The Department of Education may not approve any consolidation plan unless each proposed consolidated district is contiguous with at least one other proposed consolidated district. Upon approval by the Department of Education, the districts shall forward the consolidation plan to their local legislative delegation for action. Upon approval of a consolidation plan by the Department of Education, the Department of Education shall make an initial allocation to the impacted districts. The Department of Education shall allocate the remaining funds following any legislative action formally consolidating the districts.
    (B)(1)     After August 1, 2022, any local school district satisfying the characteristics of subsection (A)(1) that has not implemented consolidation pursuant to subsection (A) shall be merged with one or more contiguous districts in the same county and is not eligible for appropriated funds. The Department of Education will direct the merger and shall report to the General Assembly any legislative actions necessary to accomplish the merger.
        (2)     If a district began consolidation and received funding pursuant to subsection (A) but did not fully implement the consolidation, then the district shall be consolidated pursuant to this subsection. The Department of Education shall direct the district to remit payment in an amount equal to the funds allocated pursuant to subsection (A). The Department of Education shall work with the districts involved to identify services that will be consolidated and to enhance educational services and the programs available to students.         /

    Renumber sections to conform.
    Amend title to conform.