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Updated April 24, 2008

This timeline reflects the change enacted in LD 2323, enacted April 18, 2008, allowing SAUs until January 30, 2009 to hold a referendum on their reorganization plans.

Key dates in the referendum process:

July 15, 2007 - Deadline for completion of regional informational meetings to be held by the Department of Education in each of the Career and Technical Education regions.  The Department will present information about the requirements of the reorganization law regarding consolidation and collaboration among school administrative units.

August 31, 2007 – Deadline for each SAU to file a notice of intent to engage in planning and negotiations with other SAUs for the purpose of developing a reorganization plan to form a Regional School Unit (RSU) or a notice of intent to submit an alternative plan to the Commissioner.

December 1, 2007 – SAUs must submit their reorganization plan or alternative plan to the Commissioner.

December 15, 2007 – Commissioner will approve plans or must return any plan that does not meet the requirements with specific suggestions and written findings providing reasons why the plan did not meet the requirements. Reorganization Plans that have been submitted and approved by the Commissioner by December 15, 2007 will proceed to a municipal referendum.

March 28, 2008 – Deadline for RPCs and units approved to submit an alternative plan to submit an updated plan or a status report.

June 13, 2008 – Next deadline for RPCs and units approved to submit an alternative plan to submit an updated plan or a status report.

January 30 , 2009* – Last date by which voters must approve a reorganization plan by referendum. Units not approving a plan by this date will be subject to the penalties for non-consolidating units.

The referendum may be held on any date that otherwise meets election requirements of the state and the municipality.  The Department will pay for the cost of one referendum anytime before January 30, 2009, except on June 10, which is already a state primary election date, and Nov. 4, which is the date of the general election. (If a vote is held on either of those dates, there would be no significant added cost for simply adding this additional ballot item.)

Timelines for referendum process.

July 1, 2009 – Start date for new regional school units.  An RSU board of directors becomes operational on the date set by the State Board of Education.