MGL, chapter 71, section 14-16I — governs all regional districts
MGL, chapter 74 — governs vocational programs
DESE regulations on regional districts: 603 CMR 41.00
Excess and Deficiency (E&D) above Five Percent of a Regional School District's total budget
Advisory on the Establishment of a Regional Transportation Reimbursement Fund
Fiscal Intervention and Oversight — Guidance for Regional School Districts
Report of the Legislative Commission on School District Collaboration and Regionalization
School District Consolidation in MassachusettsThis document provides a brief history of regionalization; explains the complex web of relationships that already exist among districts; looks at some demographic, fiscal, and programmatic factors that might motivate districts to regionalize; and uncovers some lessons from a recent series of regionalization studies. It is also intended as a companion piece to a more in depth report on the outcomes of recent planning studies included in the following document.
Results of Regional Planning StudiesThis report summarizes the individual results of recent planning studies in the context of the district's existing affiliations and compares the current findings with concerns and benefits that have been identified in the past.
Patrick Administration Awards Regional Planning Grants to 12 Communities
MARS: Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools
MAVA: Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators
MASC: Massachusetts Association of School Committees
A Pathway to Regionalization
MGL c.71, s.14B outlines the process for establishing and amending a regional school district agreement. All regional school district agreements and amendments to those agreements must be approved by the Commissioner of Education in accordance with the law and regulation noted above. Communities interested in forming a regional school district or regional school districts interested in amending their regional school district agreement or admitting a new member should contact Christine M. Lynch by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 781-338-6520.
Regional School District Agreement Checklist:This document may be used as a guide for those interested in exploring the formation of a regional school district.
A complete copy of the latest approved agreement and any proposed amendment must be submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for review prior to receiving local approval
Final approval by the Commissioner will be subject to legal approval and receipt of all authorized local votes
A new or amended agreement must be approved by DESE and member communities prior to December 31 of any given year in order for the agreement to be in effect on July 1 of the following fiscal year
Advisory Memorandum on FY10 Regional School District Budgets
Developing the Regional Budget
Preparing Member Assessments: Guidance for Regional School Districts
Advisory on Regional School District Stabilization Funds
FY20 Listing of Academic Districts
FY20 Listing of Vocational Districts
School District Organization Fact Sheet
Configuration of School Districts in Massachusetts — 2020
Configuration of Cities and Towns in Massachsuetts — 2020
Massachusetts General Laws allows the school committees of two or more towns to join together to form a union school committee. The organization of the union school committee is governed by statute, as are its powers, which are limited to the authority to employ a superintendent of schools, school physicians, school nurses, clerical and secretarial personnel, special teachers, and supervisors. All other powers and responsibilities are retained by the local school committees of the member towns. There are 15 superintendency unions in Massachusetts, comprised of 48 member towns. Currently 32 of the municipal districts participating in superintendency unions also are members of regional school districts that hire the same superintendent and central office staff. In 2020, 15 superintendents and 62 school committee serve 48 municipalities and 14 regional school districts in 84 schools serving 30,164 students. For information on superintendency unions, contact Christine M. Lynch at 781-338-6520 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In accordance with provisions of Chapter 71, sections 1, 4 and 6, the following school districts are permitted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education not to maintain school serving selected grade levels and to tuition their students to other school districts for the school year 2019-2020.
FY20 Tuition Districts
Last Updated: June 29, 2023
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