The State Board of Education is currently reviewing the Secretary’s Proposed Statewide Plan. The board may “take testimony or ask for additional information from districts or supervisory unions.” Act 46 requires the State Board to issue a final statewide plan by November 30, 2018. This plan will merge districts and redraw SU boundaries to the extent necessary to achieve sustainable governance structures capable of meeting or exceeding the Act 46 goals of equity, excellence, and efficiency. The State Board’s final statewide plan may incorporate the Secretary’s proposed plan in full, in part, or not at all. Similarly, the Board’s statewide plan may incorporate a school board’s Section 9 Proposal in full, in part, or not at all.
The State Board will host three regional meetings across the state in order to hear public comment on the Secretary’s proposal. Please consult the Memo and Regional Meeting Draft Agendas for more information on which districts will be discussed near you. The Board will issue a more detailed agenda for each meeting in the coming weeks.
The State Board will create default articles of agreement. These articles will be used temporarily by all unified districts created by the statewide plan.
The State Board’s plan is effective when it is issued. Act 46 does not require merged districts and reconfigured SUs to be fully operational until July 1, 2019.