The USD 490 Board of Education directed staff to proceed with a change for the special education interlocal cooperative during their meeting Monday evening.
Currently, USD 490 is the passthrough for all of the co-op money, which makes the per pupil funding number appear much higher than it actually is in the El Dorado School District. Because of this, staff proposed making a change that would create a separate school board for the special ed cooperative.
Norm Wilks, director of fiscal services, said if they want to move forward with this change, they would need to pass a resolution to terminate USD 490 as the sponsoring district in November. They would then prepare a draft interlocal agreement for the nine districts in Butler County and get the resolution for that agreement to all of those districts.
Wilks said a decision would need to be made in December by those districts that wanted to participate.
“Once we approve a document, it must be approved by the state board of education and the attorney general,” Wilks said. “The attorney general can have up to 90 days to make a decision. If we have the approval process in December we can start that clock working so in the March time frame we can begin the serious decisions of implementing a new interlocal on July 1 of 2014.”
Wilks said statute really lays out all of the things they need to cover and what happens with a governing body.
Superintendent Sue Givens said she did talk with the superintendents during the last superintendents council meeting for Butler County and they all appeared supportive.
The change in operations for Butler County would not be too complex because of the size of the coop.
Once they agree on a contract, the control of the interlocal co-op includes a member of every BOE in the district.
“It is common to appoint those early in that process so the board is engaged in planning and development of the transition,” he said.
Along with the board, Greg Buster, director of special education, would become the superintendent of that board.
The USD 490 BOE directed staff to bring back a resolution in November.