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Chapter 28A.315 RCW

ORGANIZATION AND REORGANIZATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS

RCW Sections

28A.315.005Governance structure.
28A.315.015Purpose -- Policy.
28A.315.025Definitions.
28A.315.035Organization of school districts.
28A.315.045Reorganization.
28A.315.055Conflicting or incorrectly described school district boundaries.
28A.315.065District boundary changes -- Filing with county auditor.
28A.315.075Effect of 1999 c 315--Existing provisions not affected.
28A.315.085Personnel and supplies -- Reimbursement.
28A.315.095Regional committees -- Powers and duties.
28A.315.105Regional committees -- Appointment and terms of members -- New regional committees.
28A.315.115Regional committees -- Membership limitation.
28A.315.155Regional committees -- Members' expenses reimbursed.
28A.315.165Regional committees -- Organization, meetings, quorum.
28A.315.175Superintendent of public instruction -- Powers and duties.
28A.315.185Annual training.
28A.315.195Transfer of territory by petition -- Requirements -- Rules.
28A.315.199Transfer of territory or dissolution of financially insolvent school district by petition -- Notification to affected districts -- Mediation -- Request for hearing -- Notification to regional committee -- Costs.
28A.315.205Transfer of territory or dissolution by petition -- Regional committee responsibilities -- Rules -- Appeals.
28A.315.215Transfer of territory or annexation of financially insolvent district by agreement or order -- Approval -- Order -- Previously approved and imposed excess tax levies.
28A.315.221Financial oversight committee -- Membership -- Review of financially insolvent districts -- Enhanced financial monitoring -- Rules.
28A.315.225Dissolution and annexation of certain districts -- Dissolution of financially insolvent districts -- Annexation of nondistrict property.
28A.315.229Employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements in dissolved financially insolvent districts.
28A.315.235Consolidation -- Petition.
28A.315.245Adjustment of assets and liabilities.
28A.315.255Adjustment of indebtedness.
28A.315.265Adjustment of bonded indebtedness -- Order -- Special elections.
28A.315.275Notice of elections.
28A.315.285Special election -- Determination -- Order -- Certification.
28A.315.295Rejection of proposal.
28A.315.305School district organizational changes -- Corporate existence -- Payment of bonded indebtedness -- Levy authority -- Levy requirements for dissolved or annexed financially insolvent school districts.
28A.315.308School district organization changes -- Adjustment of school district assets and liabilities -- School districts in two or more educational service districts.
28A.315.311Validation of proceedings to effect dissolution, annexation, consolidation, or transfer of territory between districts.
28A.315.315Appeal.
28A.315.325Condensed compliance reports -- Second-class districts.
28A.315.901Part headings and captions not law -- 1999 c 315.
28A.315.902Rule-making authority -- 2012 c 186.

Notes:

Redistricting by local governments and municipal corporations -- Census information for -- Plan, prepared when, criteria for, hearing on, request for review of, certification, remand -- Sanctions when review request frivolous: RCW 29A.76.010.

School district boundary changes -- Excess levies: RCW 84.09.037.



28A.315.005
Governance structure.

(1) Under the constitutional framework and the laws of the state of Washington, the governance structure for the state's public common school system is comprised of the following bodies: The legislature, the governor, the superintendent of public instruction, the state board of education, the Washington charter school commission, the educational service district boards of directors, and local school district boards of directors. The respective policy and administrative roles of each body are determined by the state Constitution and statutes.

     (2) Local school districts are political subdivisions of the state and the organization of such districts, including the powers, duties, and boundaries thereof, may be altered or abolished by laws of the state of Washington.

[2013 c 2 § 302 (Initiative Measure No. 1240, approved November 6, 2012); 1999 c 315 § 1.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 2013 c 2 (Initiative Measure No. 1240): See RCW 28A.710.005.




28A.315.015
Purpose — Policy.

(1) It is the purpose of this chapter to:

     (a) Incorporate into a single, comprehensive, school district organization law all essential provisions governing:

     (i) The formation and establishment of new school districts;

     (ii) The alteration of the boundaries of existing districts; and

     (iii) The adjustment of the assets and liabilities of school districts when changes are made under this chapter; and

     (b) Establish methods and procedures whereby changes in the school district system may be brought about by the people concerned and affected.

     (2) It is the state's policy that decisions on proposed changes in school district organization should be made, whenever possible, by negotiated agreement between the affected school districts. If the districts cannot agree, the decision shall be made by the regional committees on school district organization, based on the committees' best judgment, taking into consideration the following factors and factors under RCW
28A.315.205:

     (a) A balance of local petition requests and the needs of the statewide community at large in a manner that advances the best interest of public education in the affected school districts and communities, the educational service district, and the state;

     (b) Responsibly serving all of the affected citizens and students by contributing to logical service boundaries and recognizing a changing economic pattern within the educational service districts of the state;

     (c) Enhancing the educational opportunities of pupils in the territory by reducing existing disparities among the affected school districts' ability to provide operating and capital funds through an equitable adjustment of the assets and liabilities of the affected districts;

     (d) Promoting a wiser use of public funds through improvement in the school district system of the educational service districts and the state; and

     (e) Other criteria or considerations as may be established in rule by the superintendent of public instruction.

     (3) It is neither the intent nor purpose of this chapter to apply to organizational changes and the procedure therefor relating to capital fund aid by nonhigh school districts as provided for in chapter 28A.540 RCW.

[2006 c 263 § 504; 1999 c 315 § 101.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.315.025
Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

     (1) "Change in the organization and extent of school districts" means the formation and establishment of new school districts, the dissolution of existing school districts, the alteration of the boundaries of existing school districts, or all of them.

     (2) "Educational service district superintendent" means the educational service district superintendent as provided for in RCW
28A.310.170 or his or her designee.

     (3) "Financial oversight committee" means a committee convened pursuant to RCW 28A.315.221.

     (4) "Financially insolvent district" means a school district that:

     (a) Has been on binding conditions pursuant to RCW 28A.505.110 for two consecutive years and is unable to prepare a satisfactory financial plan; or

     (b) Is reasonably foreseeable and likely to have a deficit general fund balance within three years and is unable to prepare a satisfactory financial plan.

     (5) "Regional committee" means the regional committee on school district organization created by this chapter.

     (6) "Satisfactory financial plan" means a plan approved by the superintendent of public instruction and the educational service district where a school district is located demonstrating the school district will have an adequate fund balance at the end of the plan period relying on:

     (a) Currently available revenue streams provided by federal, state, or local resources; or

     (b) Other revenue streams determined reasonably reliable by the educational service district where the school district is located.

     (7) "School district" means the territory under the jurisdiction of a single governing board designated and referred to as the board of directors.

[2012 c 186 § 1; 2006 c 263 § 505; 1990 c 33 § 293; 1985 c 385 § 1; 1983 c 3 § 33; 1975 1st ex.s. c 275 § 78; 1971 c 48 § 25; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.020. Prior: 1955 c 395 § 1; 1947 c 266 § 2; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-21. Formerly RCW 28A.315.020, 28A.57.020, 28.57.020.]

Notes:

     Reviser's note: The definitions in this section have been alphabetized pursuant to RCW 1.08.015(2)(k).

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: "This act takes effect September 1, 2012." [2012 c 186 § 26.]

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.

     Severability -- 1985 c 385: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1985 c 385 § 41.]

     Severability -- 1971 c 48: See note following RCW 28A.310.250.




28A.315.035
Organization of school districts.

A school district shall be organized in form and manner as hereinafter in this chapter provided, and shall be known as . . . . . . (insert here the name of the district) School District No. . . . ., . . . . . . county, state of Washington: PROVIDED, That all school districts now existing as shown by the records of the educational service district superintendent are hereby recognized as legally organized districts: PROVIDED FURTHER, That all school districts existing on April 25, 1969 as shown by the records of the county or intermediate district superintendents are hereby recognized as legally organized districts.

[1975 1st ex.s. c 275 § 88; 1969 ex.s. c 176 § 124; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.130. Prior: 1947 c 266 § 3; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-22. Formerly RCW 28A.315.220, 28A.57.130, 28.57.130.]

Notes:

     Rights preserved -- Severability -- 1969 ex.s. c 176: See notes following RCW 28A.310.010.




28A.315.045
Reorganization.

(1) A new school district may be formed comprising contiguous territory lying in either a single county or in two or more counties. The new district may comprise:

     (a) Two or more whole school districts;

     (b) Parts of two or more school districts; and/or

     (c) Territory that is not a part of any school district if such territory is contiguous to the district to which it is transferred.

     (2) The boundaries of existing school districts may be altered:

     (a) By the transfer of territory from one district to another district;

     (b) By the consolidation of one or more school districts with one or more school districts; or

     (c) By the dissolution and annexation to a district of a part or all of one or more other districts or of territory that is not a part of any school district: PROVIDED, That such territory shall be contiguous to the district to which it is transferred or annexed.

     (3) Territory may be transferred or annexed to or consolidated with an existing school district without regard to county boundaries.

[1999 c 315 § 201.]




28A.315.055
Conflicting or incorrectly described school district boundaries.

In case the boundaries of any of the school districts are conflicting or incorrectly described, the educational service district board of directors, after due notice and a public hearing, shall change, harmonize, and describe them and shall so certify, with a complete transcript of boundaries of all districts affected, such action to the superintendent of public instruction for approval or revision. Upon receipt of notification of action by the superintendent of public instruction, the educational service district superintendent shall transmit to the county legislative authority of the county or counties in which the affected districts are located a complete transcript of the boundaries of all districts affected.

[2006 c 263 § 506; 1999 c 315 § 203.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.315.065
District boundary changes — Filing with county auditor.

Any district boundary changes shall be filed for recording with the county auditor by the educational service district superintendent within thirty days after the changes have been approved in accordance with this chapter. The superintendent shall submit both legal descriptions and maps. District boundary changes shall be effective the date specified in the educational service district superintendent's order.

[2012 c 186 § 2; 1999 c 315 § 204.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.075
Effect of 1999 c 315 — Existing provisions not affected.

(1) Any proposed change in school district organization initiated before July 25, 1999, shall be considered under the laws and rules in effect before July 25, 1999. Chapter 315, Laws of 1999 applies to any proposed change in school district organization initiated on or after July 25, 1999.

     (2) For purposes of this section, "initiated" means the filing of a petition, the motion of a school board, or the report of an educational service district. This section does not preclude the filing of a new petition on or after July 25, 1999, where the same or a similar proposal was filed before July 25, 1999.

[1999 c 315 § 205.]




28A.315.085
Personnel and supplies — Reimbursement.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall furnish to regional committees the services of employed personnel and the materials and supplies necessary to enable them to perform the duties imposed upon them by this chapter.

     (2) Costs that may be incurred by an educational service district in association with school district negotiations under RCW
28A.315.195 and supporting the regional committee under RCW 28A.315.205 shall be reimbursed by the state from such funds as are appropriated for these purposes.

[2008 c 159 § 3; 2006 c 263 § 507; 2005 c 497 § 405; 1999 c 315 § 206.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.

     Intent -- Part headings not law -- Effective date -- 2005 c 497: See notes following RCW 28A.305.011.




28A.315.095
Regional committees — Powers and duties.

The powers and duties of each regional committee are to:

     (1) Hear and approve or disapprove proposals for changes in the organization and extent of school districts in the educational service districts when a hearing on a proposal has been requested under RCW
28A.315.199;

     (2) Make an equitable adjustment of the property and other assets and of the liabilities, including bonded indebtedness and excess tax levies as otherwise authorized under this section, as to the old school districts and the new district or districts, if any, involved in or affected by a proposed change in the organization and extent of the school districts;

     (3) Make an equitable adjustment of the bonded indebtedness outstanding against any of the old and new districts whenever in its judgment such adjustment is advisable, as to all of the school districts involved in or affected by any change heretofore or hereafter effected, subject to the requirements in RCW 28A.315.265;

     (4) Provide that territory transferred from a school district by a change in the organization and extent of school districts, other than changes required pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225, shall either remain subject to, or be relieved of, any one or more excess tax levies that are authorized for the school district under RCW 84.52.053 before the effective date of the transfer of territory from the school district;

     (5) Provide that territory transferred to a school district by a change in the organization and extent of school districts, other than changes required pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225, shall either be made subject to, or be relieved of, any one or more excess tax levies that are authorized for the school district under RCW 84.52.053 before the effective date of the transfer of territory to the school district;

     (6)(a) Provide that a school district that is annexing or receiving territory from a financially insolvent school district pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225 may submit to the voters of the entire school district, including the territory to be annexed or transferred, a proposition for a replacement or supplemental levy pursuant to RCW 84.52.053(2)(b);

     (b) Provide that, if an election under (a) of this subsection has not occurred or has failed, territory transferred from a financially insolvent school district to another school district or districts pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225 must be relieved of any one or more excess tax levies that are authorized for the financially insolvent school district under RCW 84.52.053 before the effective date of the transfer of territory from the financially insolvent school district;

     (c) Provide that, if an election under (a) of this subsection has not occurred or has failed, territory transferred from a financially insolvent school district to another school district or districts pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225 must be made subject to any one or more excess tax levies that are authorized for the receiving school district or districts under RCW 84.52.053 before the effective date of the transfer of territory to the receiving school district or districts;

     (7) Establish the date by which a committee-approved transfer of territory shall take effect;

     (8) Hold and keep a record of a public hearing or public hearings (a) on every proposal for the formation of a new school district or for the transfer from one existing district to another of any territory in which children of school age reside or for annexation of territory when the conditions set forth in RCW 28A.315.225 prevail; and (b) on every proposal for adjustment of the assets and of the liabilities of school districts provided for in this chapter. Three members of the regional committee or two members of the committee and the educational service district superintendent may be designated by the committee to hold any public hearing that the committee is required to hold. The regional committee shall cause notice to be given, at least ten days prior to the date appointed for any such hearing, in one or more newspapers of general circulation within the geographical boundaries of the school districts affected by the proposed change or adjustment. In addition notice may be given by radio and television, or either thereof, when in the committee's judgment the public interest will be served thereby; and

     (9) Prepare and submit to the superintendent of public instruction from time to time or, upon his or her request, reports and recommendations respecting the urgency of need for school plant facilities, the kind and extent of the facilities required, and the development of improved local school administrative units and attendance areas in the case of school districts that seek state assistance in providing school plant facilities.

[2012 c 186 § 3; 1999 c 315 § 301.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.105
Regional committees — Appointment and terms of members — New regional committees.

(1) There is hereby created in each educational service district a committee which shall be known as the regional committee on school district organization, which committee shall be composed of not less than seven nor more than nine registered voters of the educational service district, the number to correspond with the number of board member districts established for the governance of the educational service district in which the regional committee is located.

     (2) Members of each regional committee shall be appointed to serve a four-year term by the educational service district board of the district in which the regional committee is located. One member of the regional committee shall be appointed from each such educational service district board member district. Appointed members of regional committees must be registered voters and reside in the educational service district board member district from which they are appointed. Members of regional committees who were elected before June 12, 2008, may serve the remainder of their four-year terms. Vacancies occurring for any reason, including at the end of the term of any member of a regional committee who was elected before June 12, 2008, shall be filled by appointment by the educational service district board of directors as provided in this section.

     (3) In the event of a change in the number of educational service districts or in the number of educational service district board members pursuant to chapter
28A.310 RCW, a new regional committee shall be appointed for each affected educational service district at the expiration of the terms of the majority of the members of the regional committee. Those persons who were serving on a regional committee within an educational service district affected by a change in the number of districts or board members shall continue to constitute the regional committee for the educational service district within which they are registered to vote until the majority of a new board has been appointed.

     (4) No appointed member of a regional committee may continue to serve on the committee if he or she ceases to be a registered voter of the educational service district board member district or if he or she is absent from three consecutive meetings of the committee without an excuse acceptable to the committee.

[2008 c 159 § 4; 1985 c 385 § 2; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.030. Prior: 1947 c 266 § 11, part; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-30, part; prior: 1941 c 248 § 3, part; Rem. Supp. 1941 § 4709-3, part. Formerly RCW 28A.315.040, 28A.57.030, 28.57.030, part.]

Notes:

     Severability -- 1985 c 385: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.115
Regional committees — Membership limitation.

Persons possessing the status of any of the following positions shall not be eligible to be a member of a regional committee: The superintendent of public instruction, a member of the state board of education, an educational service district superintendent, a member of a board of directors of a school district, a member of an educational service district board, a member of a governing board of either a private school or a private school district which conducts any grades kindergarten through twelve, officers appointed by any such governing board, and employees of a school district, an educational service district, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, a private school, or a private school district.

[1985 c 385 § 3; 1975 1st ex.s. c 275 § 79; 1969 ex.s. c 176 § 115; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.031. Prior: 1947 c 226 § 11, part; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-30, part; prior: 1941 c 248 § 3, part; Rem. Supp. 1941 § 4709-3, part. Formerly RCW 28A.315.050, 28A.57.031, 28.57.030, part.]

Notes:

     Severability -- 1985 c 385: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.

     Rights preserved -- Severability -- 1969 ex.s. c 176: See notes following RCW 28A.310.010.




28A.315.155
Regional committees — Members' expenses reimbursed.

Members of each regional committee shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.

[1985 c 385 § 7; 1969 ex.s. c 176 § 118; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.035. Prior: 1947 c 266 § 11, part; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-30, part; prior: 1941 c 248 § 3, part; Rem. Supp. 1941 § 4709-3, part. Formerly RCW 28A.315.090, 28A.57.035, 28.57.030, part.]

Notes:

     Severability -- 1985 c 385: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.

     Rights preserved -- Severability -- 1969 ex.s. c 176: See notes following RCW 28A.310.010.




28A.315.165
Regional committees — Organization, meetings, quorum.

Each regional committee shall organize by electing from its membership a chair and a vice chair. The educational service district superintendent shall be the secretary of the committee. Meetings of the committee shall be held upon call of the chair or of a majority of the members thereof. A majority of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

[1990 c 33 § 297; 1985 c 385 § 8; 1975 1st ex.s. c 275 § 82; 1969 ex.s. c 176 § 119; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.040. Prior: 1947 c 266 § 12; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-31; prior: 1941 c 248 § 4; Rem. Supp. 1941 § 4709-4. Formerly RCW 28A.315.100, 28A.57.040, 28.57.040.]

Notes:

     Severability -- 1985 c 385: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.

     Rights preserved -- Severability -- 1969 ex.s. c 176: See notes following RCW 28A.310.010.




28A.315.175
Superintendent of public instruction — Powers and duties.

The superintendent of public instruction shall:

     (1) Aid regional committees in the performance of their duties by furnishing them with plans of procedure, standards, data, maps, forms, and other necessary materials and services essential to a study and understanding of the problems of school district organization in their respective educational service districts; and

     (2) Carry out powers and duties of the superintendent of public instruction relating to the organization and reorganization of school districts.

[2006 c 263 § 501; 1999 c 315 § 302.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.315.185
Annual training.

To the extent funds are appropriated, the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with the educational service districts and the Washington state school directors' association, shall conduct an annual training meeting for the regional committees, educational service district superintendents, and local school district superintendents and boards of directors. Training may also be provided upon request.

[2006 c 263 § 509; 1999 c 315 § 303.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.315.195
Transfer of territory by petition — Requirements — Rules.

(1) A proposed change in school district organization by transfer of territory from one school district to another may be initiated by a petition in writing presented to the educational service district superintendent:

     (a) Signed by at least fifty percent plus one of the active registered voters residing in the territory proposed to be transferred; or

     (b) Signed by a majority of the members of the board of directors of one of the districts affected by a proposed transfer of territory and providing documentation that, before signing the petition, the board of directors took the following actions:

     (i) Communicated the proposed transfer to the board of directors of the affected district or districts and provided an opportunity for the board of the affected district or districts to respond; and

     (ii) Communicated the proposed transfer to the registered voters residing in the territory proposed to be transferred, provided notice of a public hearing regarding the proposal, and provided the voters an opportunity to comment on the proposal at the public hearing.

     (2) The petition shall state the name and number of each district affected, describe the boundaries of the territory proposed to be transferred, and state the reasons for desiring the change and the number of children of school age, if any, residing in the territory.

     (3) The educational service district superintendent shall not complete any transfer of territory under this section that involves ten percent or more of the common school student population of the entire district from which the transfer is proposed, unless the educational service district superintendent has first called and held a special election of the voters of the entire school district from which the transfer of territory is proposed. The purpose of the election is to afford those voters an opportunity to approve or reject the proposed transfer. A simple majority shall determine approval or rejection.

     (4) The superintendent of public instruction may establish rules limiting the frequency of petitions that may be filed pertaining to territory included in whole or in part in a previous petition.

     (5) A petition to transfer territory must be processed in accordance with RCW
28A.315.199 and 28A.315.205.

[2012 c 186 § 4; 2008 c 159 § 1; 2006 c 263 § 502; 2003 c 413 § 2; 1999 c 315 § 401.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.315.199
Transfer of territory or dissolution of financially insolvent school district by petition — Notification to affected districts — Mediation — Request for hearing — Notification to regional committee — Costs.

(1) Upon receipt of a petition to transfer territory pursuant to RCW 28A.315.195 or to dissolve a financially insolvent school district pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225, the educational service district superintendent shall notify in writing the affected districts that:

     (a) Each school district board of directors, whether or not initiating a proposed transfer of territory or dissolution, must enter into negotiations with the affected district or districts;

     (b) In the case of a citizen-initiated petition, the affected districts must negotiate on the entire proposed transfer of territory;

     (c) The districts have ninety calendar days in which to agree to the proposed transfer of territory or to agree on the annexation of a financially insolvent district;

     (d) Districts negotiating an agreement regarding annexation of a dissolving financially insolvent district may not agree to not dissolve a financially insolvent district;

     (e) The agreement between at least one contiguous district and a financially insolvent district regarding the annexation of the dissolving district and the distribution of assets and liabilities is subject to approval by the financial oversight committee;

     (f) The districts may request and shall be granted by the educational service district superintendent one thirty-day extension to try to reach agreement; and

     (g) Any district involved in the negotiations may at any time during the ninety-day period notify the educational service district superintendent in writing that agreement will not be possible.

     (2) If the negotiating school boards cannot come to agreement about the proposed transfer of territory, or cannot agree how to annex a financially insolvent district, the educational service district superintendent, if requested by the affected districts, shall appoint a mediator. The mediator has thirty days to work with the affected school districts to see if an agreement can be reached on the proposed transfer of territory.

     (3) If the affected school districts cannot come to agreement about the proposed transfer of territory, or cannot agree how to annex a financially insolvent district, and the districts do not request the services of a mediator or the mediator was unable to bring the districts to agreement, any affected district may file with the educational service district superintendent a written request for a hearing by the regional committee.

     (4) If the affected school districts cannot come to agreement about the proposed transfer of territory initiated by citizen petition, and the districts do not request the services of a mediator or the mediator was unable to bring the districts to agreement, the district in which the citizens who filed the petition reside must file with the educational service district superintendent a written request for a hearing by the regional committee, unless a majority of the citizen petitioners request otherwise.

     (5) Upon receipt of a notice under subsection (3) or (4) of this section, the educational service district superintendent must notify the chair of the regional committee in writing within ten days.

     (6) Costs incurred by school districts under this section shall be reimbursed by the state from such funds as are appropriated for this purpose.

[2012 c 186 § 5.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.205
Transfer of territory or dissolution by petition — Regional committee responsibilities — Rules — Appeals.

(1) The chair of the regional committee shall schedule a hearing on the proposed transfer of territory or dissolution petition at a location in the educational service district within sixty calendar days of being notified under RCW 28A.315.199 (3) or (4).

     (2) Within thirty calendar days of the hearing under subsection (1) of this section, or final hearing if more than one is held by the committee, the committee shall issue its written findings and decision to approve or disapprove the proposed transfer of territory or the dissolution and annexation of a financially insolvent district. The educational service district superintendent shall transmit a copy of the committee's decision to the superintendents of the affected school districts within ten calendar days.

     (3) In carrying out the purposes of RCW 28A.315.015 and in making decisions as authorized under RCW 28A.315.095(1), the regional committee shall base its judgment upon whether and to the extent the proposed change in school district organization complies with RCW 28A.315.015(2) and rules adopted by the superintendent of public instruction under chapter 34.05 RCW.

     (4) The rules under subsection (3) of this section shall provide for giving consideration to all of the following:

     (a) Student educational opportunities as measured by the percentage of students performing at each level of the statewide mandated assessments and data regarding student attendance, graduation, and dropout rates;

     (b) The safety and welfare of pupils. For the purposes of this subsection, "safety" means freedom or protection from danger, injury, or damage and "welfare" means a positive condition or influence regarding health, character, and well-being;

     (c) The history and relationship of the property affected to the students and communities affected, including, for example, the impact of the growth management act and current or proposed urban growth areas, city boundaries, and master planned communities;

     (d) Whether or not geographic accessibility warrants a favorable consideration of a recommended change in school district organization, including remoteness or isolation of places of residence and time required to travel to and from school; and

     (e) All funding sources of the affected districts, equalization among school districts of the tax burden for general fund and capital purposes through a reduction in disparities in per pupil valuation when all funding sources are considered, improvement in the economies in the administration and operation of schools, and the extent the proposed change would potentially reduce or increase the individual and aggregate transportation costs of the affected school districts.

     (5)(a)(i) A petitioner or school district may appeal a decision by the regional committee to the superintendent of public instruction based on the claim that the regional committee failed to follow the applicable statutory and regulatory procedures or acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner. Any such appeal shall be based on the record and the appeal must be filed within thirty days of the final decision of the regional committee. The appeal shall be heard and determined by an administrative law judge in the office of administrative hearings, based on the standards in (a)(ii) of this subsection.

     (ii) If the administrative law judge finds that all applicable procedures were not followed or that the regional committee acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner, the administrative law judge shall refer the matter back to the regional committee with an explanation of his or her findings. The regional committee shall rehear the proposal.

     (iii) If the administrative law judge finds that all applicable procedures were followed or that the regional committee did not act in an arbitrary and capricious manner, depending on the appeal, the educational service district shall be notified and directed to implement the changes.

     (iv) The administrative law judge shall expedite review and issuance of a decision on an appeal of a decision approving the dissolution and annexation of a financially insolvent district.

     (b) Any school district or citizen petitioner affected by a final decision of the regional committee may seek judicial review of the committee's decision in accordance with RCW 34.05.570. Judicial review of a regional committee decision approving dissolution and annexation of a financially insolvent district must be expedited.

[2012 c 186 § 6; 2008 c 159 § 2; 2006 c 263 § 503; 2003 c 413 § 1; 1999 c 315 § 402.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.315.215
Transfer of territory or annexation of financially insolvent district by agreement or order — Approval — Order — Previously approved and imposed excess tax levies.

(1) Upon receipt by the educational service district superintendent of a written agreement by two or more school districts to the transfer of territory between the affected districts, or an agreement approved by the financial oversight committee regarding the annexation of a financially insolvent district, the superintendent shall make an order establishing all approved changes involving the alteration of the boundaries of the affected districts. The order shall also establish all approved terms of the equitable adjustment of assets and liabilities involving the affected districts, with the effective date of such alterations to the boundaries. For school districts that are dissolved and annexed pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225, the order shall provide that any excess tax levy approved, including previously approved and imposed excess levies by the school district annexing or receiving the transferred territory from the financially insolvent school district and replacement and supplemental levies voted upon by voters of the entire newly established territory before the effective date of the dissolution by the school district receiving the transferred territory from the dissolved school district shall, in the cases of previously approved and imposed excess levies of the annexing or receiving school district, be imposed on the newly annexed, or dissolved territory, and in the case of replacement or supplemental levies, the entire newly established territory, pursuant to RCW 84.09.030. The superintendent shall file his or her action with each county auditor, each county treasurer, each county assessor, the office of the secretary of state, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, and the superintendents of all school districts affected by the action.

     (2)(a) Upon receipt by the educational service district superintendent of a written decision by the regional committee approving the transfer of territory between two or more school districts, or the dissolution and annexation of a financially insolvent school district, the superintendent shall make an order establishing all approved changes involving the alteration of the boundaries of the affected districts, with the effective date of such alterations to the boundaries. The effective date of boundary alterations shall be no later than sixty days prior to the first day candidates may file for office for the next succeeding general or special election.

     (b) The order may not be implemented before the period of appeal authorized under RCW 28A.315.205(5)(a)(i) has ended.

     (c) The order shall also establish all approved terms of the equitable adjustment of assets and liabilities involving the affected districts.

     (d) For school districts that are dissolved and annexed pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225, the order must provide that any excess tax levy approved, including previously approved and imposed excess levies by the school district annexing or receiving the transferred territory from the financially insolvent school district and replacement and supplemental levies voted upon by voters of the entire newly established territory before the effective date of the dissolution by the school district receiving the transferred territory from the dissolved school district shall, in the cases of previously approved and imposed excess levies of the annexing or receiving school district, be imposed on the newly annexed, or dissolved territory, and in the case of replacement or supplemental levies, the entire newly established territory, pursuant to RCW 84.09.030.

     (e) The superintendent shall file his or her action with each county auditor, the office of the secretary of state, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, each county treasurer, each county assessor, and the superintendents of all school districts affected by the action.

[2012 c 186 § 7; 1999 c 315 § 403.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.221
Financial oversight committee — Membership — Review of financially insolvent districts — Enhanced financial monitoring — Rules.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall convene a financial oversight committee:

     (a) At the request of the board of directors of a financially insolvent district;

     (b) When the superintendent of public instruction determines a district is financially insolvent, after first consulting with the educational service district where the district is located and notifying the district the committee will be convened; or

     (c) When a district has been on binding conditions pursuant to RCW
28A.505.110 for two consecutive years and does not have a satisfactory financial plan.

     (2) The financial oversight committee comprises two representatives from the office of the superintendent of public instruction, one representative from an educational service district where a financially insolvent school district is not located, and one nonvoting representative from the educational service district where the financially insolvent school district is located.

     (3) The financial oversight committee shall review the financial condition of a financially insolvent school district. In conducting its review, the committee shall hold a public hearing in the financially insolvent school district or educational service district in order to receive public comment on any proposed financial plans. If the financial oversight committee feels that dissolution of the financially insolvent school district is a valid option, it shall receive input at the public hearing on options for dissolving said school district.

     (4) After holding a public hearing as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the financial oversight committee must make a recommendation to the superintendent of public instruction to either dissolve a financially insolvent school district or to place a district under enhanced financial monitoring to reduce the risk of dissolution due to insolvency. The superintendent of public instruction must implement financial oversight committee recommendations via enhanced financial oversight, which will be monitored by the educational service district.

     (5) Enhanced financial oversight may include, but is not limited to, the following types of actions, which the superintendent of public instruction is expressly authorized to implement and enforce:

     (a) Appointment of a special administrator to oversee and carry out financial conditions imposed on the district as recommended by the financial oversight committee;

     (b) Review, approval, and limitations on a school district's authority to enter into contracts;

     (c) Review, approval, and limitations on hiring and personnel actions; and

     (d) Liquidation or disposition of fixed assets and contractual liabilities by any reasonable and documented method provided the liquidation or disposition of fixed assets and contractual liabilities is reasonably necessary before filing a dissolution petition.

     (6) Any new, amended, or renewed contract entered into by a school district that is subject to enhanced financial monitoring that has not been approved by the educational service district or special administrator, or that is inconsistent with conditions imposed on the district pursuant to this section, is null and void.

     (7) Any action taken by a school district subject to enhanced financial monitoring that is likely to affect the district's finances is null and void if the action was not approved by the educational service district or special administrator or if the action is inconsistent with conditions imposed on the district pursuant to this section.

     (8) The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt rules to carry out the provisions in this section, which may include, but are not limited to, identifying the responsibilities and authority of the financial oversight committee, the educational service district, the special administrator, and the school district and the implementation of enhanced financial oversight.

[2012 c 186 § 8.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.225
Dissolution and annexation of certain districts — Dissolution of financially insolvent districts — Annexation of nondistrict property.

(1) In case any school district has an average enrollment of fewer than five kindergarten through eighth grade pupils during the preceding school year or has not made a reasonable effort to maintain, during the preceding school year at least the minimum term of school required by law, the educational service district superintendent shall report that fact to the regional committee, which committee shall dissolve the school district and annex the territory thereof to some other district or districts. For the purposes of this section, in addition to any other finding, "reasonable effort" shall be deemed to mean the attempt to make up whatever days are short of the legal requirement by conducting of school classes on any days to include available holidays, though not to include Saturdays and Sundays, prior to June 15th of that year. School districts operating an extended school year program, most commonly implemented as a 45-15 plan, shall be deemed to be making a reasonable effort. In the event any school district has suffered any interruption in its normal school calendar due to a strike or other work stoppage or slowdown by any of its employees that district shall not be subject to this section.

     (2) A financially insolvent school district may be dissolved and annexed to one or more contiguous districts, in accordance with an agreement between the insolvent district and at least one other contiguous district, that has been approved by the financial oversight committee, or in accordance with the decision of the regional committee. A financially insolvent district may file bankruptcy only if it is recommended by the financial oversight committee.

     (3)(a) A petition to dissolve a financially insolvent school district may be filed with the educational service district superintendent by the superintendent of public instruction if, before signing and filing the petition, the financial oversight committee was convened and recommended that the district be dissolved.

     (b) A petition for dissolution under this subsection (3) must include the name of the financially insolvent district, the legal boundaries of the district, the names of contiguous school districts, the basis for concluding the district is financially insolvent, a map with legal description of the proposed annexation of the financially insolvent school district to one or more contiguous school districts, and any proposed equitable adjustments of assets and liabilities for the affected districts. The proposed annexation and equitable adjustment of assets and liabilities must be based on the factors in RCW
28A.315.015(2),28A.315.205 (4), and 28A.315.245.

     (c) The superintendent of public instruction, at the recommendation of the financial oversight committee, may take the following actions upon filing a petition to dissolve a financially insolvent school district: Authorize liquidation or disposition of fixed assets and contractual liabilities by any reasonable and documented method.

     (d) A petition to dissolve a financially insolvent school district shall be processed in accordance with RCW 28A.315.199 and 28A.315.205.

     (4) The superintendent of public instruction may request an appropriation to address matters associated with the dissolution of a financially insolvent school district.

     (5) The superintendent of public instruction may adopt rules governing actions that may be taken to prevent a school district from being dissolved and to assist in the orderly and timely dissolution and annexation of school districts that are unable to avoid financial insolvency.

     (6) In case any territory is not a part of any school district, the educational service district superintendent shall present to the regional committee a proposal for the annexation of the territory to some contiguous district or districts.

[2012 c 186 § 9; 1999 c 315 § 501.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.229
Employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements in dissolved financially insolvent districts.

(1) As of the effective date of dissolution of a financially insolvent district, all existing employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements of the financially insolvent district shall be extinguished.

     (2) School districts that annex or receive territory from a financially insolvent district have full authority to constitute their workforces, and have no duty to bargain with, or observe the former wages and working conditions of, any former employees of a financially insolvent district who may be hired; rather, any employees hired from a financially insolvent district become part of the appropriate bargaining units, if any, of the annexing or receiving district, and their wages and working conditions are defined by the terms of the annexing or receiving district's bargaining agreements or other policies or conditions of employment.

     (3) Certificated employees of a district that is dissolved due to financial insolvency have no continuing contract or appeal rights under RCW
28A.405.210 through 28A.405.380 or other law, nor do certificated or classified employees of a district dissolved due to financial insolvency have any resort to grievance or arbitration under a collective bargaining agreement, and any inconsistent provision of any individual contract or collective bargaining agreement is null and void. Sufficient cause for nonrenewal or discharge of such certificated and classified personnel is deemed to exist by sole virtue of the employer district's dissolution for financial insolvency. Notice of nonrenewal or discharge under such circumstances may be given by the educational service district superintendent without regard to date. Any appeal must be addressed to the educational service district board on an expedited basis according to rules established by the superintendent of public instruction, and must be confined to the issue of whether the employer district is dissolved for reasons of financial insolvency. There is no judicial review for the educational service district board's decisions in these matters.

[2012 c 186 § 10.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.235
Consolidation — Petition.

(1) A proposed change in school district organization by consolidation of territory from two or more school districts to form a new school district may be initiated by:

     (a) A written petition presented to the educational service district superintendent signed by ten or more registered voters residing:

     (i) In each whole district and in each part of a district proposed to be included in any single new district; or

     (ii) In the territory of a proposed new district that comprises a part of only one or more districts and approved by the boards of directors of the affected school districts;

     (b) A written petition presented to the educational service district superintendent signed by ten percent or more of the registered voters residing in such affected areas or area without the approval of the boards of directors of the affected school districts.

     (2) The petition shall state the name and number of each district involved in or affected by the proposal to form the new district and shall describe the boundaries of the proposed new district. No more than one petition for consolidation of the same two school districts or parts thereof shall be considered during a school fiscal year.

     (3) The educational service district superintendent may not complete any consolidation of territory under this section unless he or she has first called and held a special election of the voters of the affected districts to afford those voters an opportunity to approve or reject the proposed consolidation. A simple majority shall determine approval or rejection.

     (4) If a proposed change in school district organization by consolidation of territory has been approved under this section, the educational service district superintendent shall make an order establishing all approved changes involving the alteration of the boundaries of the affected districts. The order shall also establish all approved terms of the equitable adjustment of assets and liabilities involving the affected districts. The superintendent shall certify his or her action to each county auditor, each county treasurer, each county assessor, and the superintendents of all school districts affected by the action.

[1999 c 315 § 601.]




28A.315.245
Adjustment of assets and liabilities.

In determining an equitable adjustment of assets and liabilities, the negotiating school districts and the regional committee shall consider the following factors:

     (1) The number of school age children residing in each school district and in each part of a district involved or affected by the proposed change in school district organization;

     (2) The assessed valuation of the property located in each school district and in each part of a district involved or affected by the proposed change in school district organization;

     (3) The purpose for which the bonded indebtedness of any school district involved or affected by the proposed change in school district organization was incurred;

     (4) The history and relationship of the property affected to the students and communities affected by the proposed change in school district organization;

     (5) Additional burdens to the districts affected by the proposed change in school district organization as a result of the proposed organization;

     (6) The value, location, and disposition of all improvements located in the school districts involved or affected by the proposed change in school district organization;

     (7) The consideration of all other sources of funding; and

     (8) Any other factors that in the judgment of the school districts or regional committee are important or essential to the making of an equitable adjustment of assets and liabilities.

[1999 c 315 § 701.]




28A.315.255
Adjustment of indebtedness.

(1) The fact of the issuance of bonds by a school district, heretofore or hereafter, does not prevent changes in the organization and extent of school districts, regardless of whether or not such bonds or any part thereof are outstanding at the time of change.

     (2) In case of any change:

     (a) The bonded indebtedness outstanding against any school district involved in or affected by such change shall be adjusted equitably among the old school districts and the new district or districts, if any, involved or affected; and

     (b) The property and other assets and the liabilities other than bonded indebtedness of any school district involved in or affected by any such change shall also be adjusted in the manner and to the effect provided for in this section, except if all the territory of an old school district is included in a single new district or is annexed to a single existing district, in which event the title to the property and other assets and the liabilities other than bonded indebtedness of the old district vests in and becomes the assets and liabilities of the new district or of the existing district, as applicable.

[1999 c 315 § 702.]




28A.315.265
Adjustment of bonded indebtedness — Order — Special elections.

If adjustments of bonded indebtedness are made between or among school districts in connection with the alteration of the boundaries of the school districts under this chapter, the order of the educational service district superintendent establishing the terms of adjustment of bonded indebtedness shall provide and specify:

     (1) In every case where bonded indebtedness is transferred from one school district to another school district:

     (a) That such bonded indebtedness is assumed by the school district to which it is transferred;

     (b) That thereafter such bonded indebtedness shall be the obligation of the school district to which it is transferred;

     (c) That, if the terms of adjustment so provide, any bonded indebtedness thereafter incurred by such transferee school district through the sale of bonds authorized before the date its boundaries were altered shall be the obligation of such school district including the territory added thereto; and

     (d) That taxes shall be levied thereafter against the taxable property located within such school district as it is constituted after its boundaries were altered, the taxes to be levied at the times and in the amounts required to pay the principal of and the interest on the bonded indebtedness assumed or incurred, as the same become due and payable.

     (2) In computing the debt limitation of any school district from which or to which bonded indebtedness has been transferred, the amount of transferred bonded indebtedness at any time outstanding:

     (a) Shall be an offset against and deducted from the total bonded indebtedness, if any, of the school district from which the bonded indebtedness was transferred; and

     (b) Shall be deemed to be bonded indebtedness solely of the transferee school district that assumed the indebtedness.

     (3) In every case where adjustments of bonded indebtedness do not provide for transfer of bonded indebtedness from one school district to another school district:

     (a) That the existing bonded indebtedness of each school district, the boundaries of which are altered and any bonded indebtedness incurred by each such school district through the sale of bonds authorized before the date its boundaries were altered is the obligation of the school district in its reduced or enlarged form, as the case may be; and

     (b) That taxes shall be levied thereafter against the taxable property located within each such school district in its reduced or enlarged form, as the case may be, at the times and in the amounts required to pay the principal of and interest on such bonded indebtedness as the same become due and payable.

     (4) If a change in school district organization approved by the regional committee concerns a proposal to form a new school district or if a change in school district organization includes a proposal for adjustment of voted general obligation bonded indebtedness, a special election of the voters residing within the territory of the proposed new district, or of the school district involved in a proposal for adjustment of bonded indebtedness as the case may be, shall be held for the purpose of affording those voters an opportunity to approve or reject such proposals as concern or affect them.

     (5) In a case involving both the question of the formation of a new school district and the question of adjustment of bonded indebtedness, the questions may be submitted to the voters either in the form of a single proposition or as separate propositions, whichever seems expedient to the educational service district superintendent. When the regional committee has passed appropriate resolutions for the questions to be submitted and the educational service district superintendent has given notice thereof to the county auditor, the special election shall be called and conducted, and the returns canvassed as in regular school district elections.

[2012 c 186 § 11; 1999 c 315 § 703.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.275
Notice of elections.

Notice of special elections as provided for in RCW 28A.315.265 shall be given by the county auditor as provided in *RCW 29.27.080. The notice of election shall state the purpose for which the election has been called and contain a description of the boundaries of the proposed new district and a statement of any terms of adjustment of bonded indebtedness on which to be voted.

[1999 c 315 § 704.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: RCW 29.27.080 was recodified as RCW 29A.52.350 pursuant to 2003 c 111 § 2401, effective July 1, 2004. RCW 29A.52.350 was subsequently repealed by 2004 c 271 § 193. Later enactment of RCW 29A.52.350, see RCW 29A.52.351. RCW 29A.52.351 was subsequently repealed by 2011 c 10 § 86.




28A.315.285
Special election — Determination — Order — Certification.

(1) If a special election is held to vote on a proposal or alternate proposals to form a new school district, the votes cast by the registered voters in each component district shall be tabulated separately. Any such proposition shall be considered approved only if it receives a majority of the votes cast in each separate district voting thereon.

     (2) If a special election is held to vote on a proposal for adjustment of bonded indebtedness, the entire vote cast by the registered voters of the proposed new district or of the established district as the case may be shall be tabulated. Any such proposition shall be considered approved if three-fifths or more of all votes cast thereon are in the affirmative and forty percent of the voters who voted at the last preceding general election cast a ballot.

     (3) In the event of approval of a proposition or propositions voted on at a special election, the educational service district superintendent shall:

     (a) Make an order establishing such new school district or such terms of adjustment of bonded indebtedness or both, as were approved by the registered voters and shall also order such other terms of adjustment, if there are any, of property and other assets and of liabilities other than bonded indebtedness as have been approved by the state council; and

     (b) Certify his or her action to the county and school district officials specified in RCW
28A.315.215. The educational service district superintendent may designate, with the approval of the superintendent of public instruction, a name and number different from that of any component thereof, but must designate the new district by name and number different from any other district in existence in the county.

     (4) The educational service district superintendent shall fix as the effective date of any order or orders he or she is required to make by this chapter, the date specified in the order of final approval of any change in the organization and extent of school districts or of any terms of adjustment of the assets and liabilities of school districts subject, for taxing purposes, to the redrawing of taxing district boundaries under RCW 84.09.030, by the regional committee.

     (5) Upon receipt of certification under this section, the superintendent of each school district that is included in the new district shall deliver to the superintendent of the new school district those books, papers, documents, records, and other materials pertaining to the territory transferred.

[2012 c 186 § 12; 1999 c 315 § 705.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.295
Rejection of proposal.

If a proposal for the formation of a new school district and for adjustment of bonded indebtedness, or either, is rejected by the registered voters at a special election, the matter is terminated.

[1999 c 315 § 706.]




28A.315.305
School district organizational changes — Corporate existence — Payment of bonded indebtedness — Levy authority — Levy requirements for dissolved or annexed financially insolvent school districts.

(1) Each school district involved in or affected by any change made in the organization and extent of school districts under this chapter retains its corporate existence insofar as is necessary for the purpose, until the bonded indebtedness outstanding against it on and after the effective date of the change has been paid in full. This section may not be construed to prevent, after the effective date of the change, such adjustments of bonded indebtedness as are provided for in this chapter.

     (2) The county legislative authority shall provide, by appropriate levies on the taxable property of each school district, for the payment of the bonded indebtedness outstanding against it after any of the changes or adjustments under this chapter have been effected.

     (3) In case any such changes or adjustments involve a joint school district, the tax levy for the payment of any bonded indebtedness outstanding against the joint district, after the changes or adjustments are effected, shall be made and the proceeds thereof shall be transmitted, credited, and paid out in conformity with the provisions of law applicable to the payment of the bonded indebtedness of joint school districts.

     (4) In case any such changes or adjustments involve the dissolution or annexation of a financially insolvent school district pursuant to RCW
28A.315.225:

     (a) The board of directors of a receiving or annexing school district, or the educational service district superintendent as identified in RCW 84.52.020 must certify a tax levy by November 30th in each calendar year that there is outstanding voted bonded indebtedness to pay the principal of and interest on such outstanding voted bonded indebtedness for the following calendar year;

     (b) The county treasurer in the county in which the financially insolvent school district is located must collect the levy, the proceeds of which must be deposited into a debt service fund established and overseen by the annexing school district as determined by the financial oversight committee or regional committee to pay the principal of and interest on the dissolved district's outstanding bonded indebtedness as it becomes due;

     (c) For outstanding voted bonded indebtedness of the financially insolvent school district, the board of directors of the receiving or annexing school district may determine that all or any portion of the voted bonded indebtedness be refunded pursuant to chapter 39.53 RCW, in which case the board of directors of the annexing or receiving district shall act as the governing body of the financially insolvent school district and is expressly empowered to take all action it deems necessary to accomplish such refunding; and

     (d) Any balance in the debt service fund of the financially insolvent school district remaining after all such voted bonded indebtedness is paid must be transferred to the general fund of the receiving or annexing school district.

[2012 c 186 § 13; 1999 c 315 § 707.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.308
School district organization changes — Adjustment of school district assets and liabilities — School districts in two or more educational service districts.

The duties in this chapter imposed upon and required to be performed by a regional committee and by an educational service district superintendent in connection with a change in the organization and extent of school districts and/or with the adjustment of the assets and liabilities of school districts and with all matters related to such change or adjustment whenever territory lying in more than one educational service district is involved shall be performed by the regional committee and by the superintendent of the educational service district in which is located the part of the proposed or enlarged school district having the largest number of common school pupils residing therein. Proposals for changes in the organization and extent of school districts and proposed terms of adjustment of assets and liabilities thus prepared and approved shall be submitted to the superintendent of public instruction.

[2008 c 159 § 6; 2006 c 263 § 612; 1985 c 385 § 25; 1975 1st ex.s. c 275 § 95; 1973 c 47 § 2; 1969 ex.s. c 176 § 131; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.240. Prior: 1947 c 266 § 26; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-45. Formerly RCW 28A.323.020, 28A.315.360, 28A.57.240, 28.57.240.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.

     Severability -- 1985 c 385: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.

     Severability -- 1973 c 47: See note following RCW 28A.323.010.

     Rights preserved -- Severability -- 1969 ex.s. c 176: See notes following RCW 28A.310.010.




28A.315.311
Validation of proceedings to effect dissolution, annexation, consolidation, or transfer of territory between districts.

All proceedings that have been taken by any school district, educational service district governing body, or commission, or any officers thereof, for the purpose of effecting a dissolution, annexation, consolidation, or transfer of territory from one or more school districts to one or more other school districts, including but not limited to reorganizing boundaries and making an equitable adjustment of the property and other assets and of the liabilities, including bonded indebtedness and excess tax levies, are hereby validated, ratified, approved, and confirmed, notwithstanding any lack of power, other than constitutional, of the school district, educational service district, or the governing body or commission or officers thereof to effect such changes in organization of school districts.

[2012 c 186 § 14.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.




28A.315.315
Appeal.

(1) An appeal may be taken, as provided for in RCW 28A.645.010, to the superior court of the county in which a school district or any part thereof is situated on any question of adjustment of property and other assets and of liabilities provided for in this chapter. Judicial appeal must be expedited. If the court finds the terms of the adjustment in question not equitable, the court shall make an adjustment that is equitable.

     (2) In the case of any financially insolvent school district that is required to transfer territory pursuant to RCW 28A.315.225, no lawsuit may be maintained challenging the imposition of excess tax levies on the territory transferred or annexed pursuant to an order of the superintendent of the educational service district under RCW 28A.315.215 unless that lawsuit is served and filed no later than thirty days after the date of the order.

[2012 c 186 § 15; 1990 c 33 § 305; 1983 c 3 § 34; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.57.120. Prior: 1947 c 266 § 40; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 4693-59. Formerly RCW 28A.315.210, 28A.57.120, 28.57.120.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.

Boundary change, copy of decision to county assessor: RCW 28A.645.040.




28A.315.325
Condensed compliance reports — Second-class districts.

Any compliance reporting requirements as a result of laws in this chapter that apply to second-class districts may be submitted in accordance with RCW 28A.330.250.

[2011 c 45 § 22.]

Notes:

     Conflict with federal requirements -- 2011 c 45: See note following RCW 28A.330.250.




28A.315.901
Part headings and captions not law — 1999 c 315.

Part headings and section captions used in this act are not any part of the law.

[1999 c 315 § 808.]




28A.315.902
Rule-making authority — 2012 c 186.

The superintendent of public instruction may adopt rules to implement chapter 186, Laws of 2012.

[2012 c 186 § 25.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 186: See note following RCW 28A.315.025.