SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5071
State of Washington 55th Legislature 1997 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Senators Stevens, Haugen and Hochstatter; by request of Board of Education)
Read first time 01/29/97.
AN ACT Relating to school district territory included in city and town boundary extensions; amending RCW 28A.315.250; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 28A.315.250 and 1985 c 385 s 19 are each amended to read as follows:
Each incorporated city or town in the state shall be comprised in one school district: PROVIDED, That nothing in this section shall be construed: (1) To prevent the extension of the boundaries of a school district beyond the limits of the city or town contained therein, or (2) to prevent the inclusion of two or more incorporated cities or towns in a single school district, or (3) to change or disturb the boundaries of any school district organized prior to the incorporation of any city or town, except as hereafter in this section provided.
case all or any part of a school district that operates a school or schools on
one site only or operates elementary schools only on two or more sites is
included in an incorporated city or town through the extension of the limits of
such city or town in the manner provided by law, the ((
district superintendent shall: (1) Declare)) regional committee may, in
its discretion, prepare a proposal for transfer of any part or all of the
territory so included to (( be a part of)) the school district containing
the city or town and (( (2))), whenever a part of a district so
included contains a school building of the district, (( present to the
regional committee a proposal)) for the disposition of any part or all of
the remaining territory of the district.
case of the extension of the limits of a town to include territory lying in a
school district that operates on more than one site one or more elementary
schools and one or more junior high schools or high schools, the regional
shall)) may, in its discretion, prepare a proposal or
proposals for annexation to the school district in which the town is located
any part or all of the territory aforesaid which has been included in the town
and for annexation to the school district in which the town is located or to
some other school district or districts any part or all of the remaining
territory of the school district affected by extension of the limits of the
town: PROVIDED, That where no school or school site is located within the
territory annexed to the town and not less than seventy-five percent of the
registered voters residing within the annexed territory present a petition in
writing for annexation and transfer of said territory to the school district in
which the town is located, the educational service district superintendent
shall declare the territory so included to be a part of the school district
containing said town: PROVIDED FURTHER, That territory approved for annexation
to a city or town by vote of the electors residing therein prior to January 12,
1953, shall not be subject to the provisions herein respecting annexation to a
school district or school districts: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That the provisions
and procedural requirements of this chapter as now or hereafter amended not in
conflict with or inconsistent with the provisions hereinabove in this section
stated shall apply in the case of any proposal or proposals (1) for the
alteration of the boundaries of school districts through and by means of
annexation of territory as aforesaid, and (2) for the adjustment of the assets
and liabilities of the school districts involved or affected thereby.
In case of the incorporation of a city or town containing territory lying in two or more school districts or of the uniting of two or more cities or towns not located in the same school district, the educational service district superintendent, except where the incorporation or consolidation would affect a district or districts of the first class, shall: (1) Order and declare to be established in each such case a single school district comprising all of the school districts involved, and (2) designate each such district by name and by a number different from that of any other district in existence in the county.
The educational service district superintendent shall fix as the effective date of any declaration or order required under this section a date no later than the first day of September next succeeding the date of the issuance of such declaration or order.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.
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