Reorganization, Dissolution and Sharing
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Reorganization and Dissolution History
Following is the history of district reorganization and dissolution action.
Reorganization and Dissolution History – This document is a chart of reorganization and dissolution actions since July 1, 1965. The chart shows the number of school districts each school year, effective date of the reorganization or dissolution, original district names and numbers, and the name and number of the newly created school district in the case of a reorganization. In the case of a dissolution, the last column shows the district names and numbers of the districts which received territory as well as certified enrollment counts from the dissolved district.
Periodically the Iowa legislature enacts financial incentives to encourage districts to share programs and staff, and to encourage reorganization of two or more school districts when it is beneficial for the students of those districts.
Guidance on Applications Related to Supplementary Weighting
Applications to determine if the districts qualify for supplementary weighting under whole grade sharing joint employment are due no later than July 1 of the fiscal year in which the district/s intend to request joint employment whole grade sharing supplementary weighting. Send the complete application packet to the Department's Bureau of School Business Operations.
Applications to determine eligibility for supplementary weighting for hosting a regional academy are due no later than September 1 of the fiscal year in which the district intends to request regional academy supplementary weighting. The funding agreement is a written agreement on how the supplementary weighting generated by all of the districts with students participating in the regional academy courses will be expended. The funding agreement and board minutes showing approval of the agreement are due no later than October 1 of the school year in which the host intends to request regional academy supplementary weighting. Send the complete application and funding agreement packet to Carla Schimelfenig.
Reorganization, Dissolution and Sharing Guide and Forms
The Sharing, Reorganization and Dissolution Guide was updated in 2014. It includes information on sharing opportunities; reorganization, dissolution, and merger procedures; and district reorganization plans by AEAs.
AEA Reorganization Plans
Iowa Code subsection 275.1(3) requires that AEAs develop detailed studies of districts within the AEA and all adjacent territory for the purpose of providing for reorganization of school districts in order to effect more economical operation and the attainment of higher standards of education in the schools. The plans shall be revised periodically to reflect reorganizations which may have taken place in the AEA and adjacent territory.
Equalization Levy Q & A – This document answers questions regarding what is an equalization levy, when it may be utilized, when it must be certified and the number of years allowed, which boards may utilized the levy, to what territory the levy applies, accounting, and what options are available if it is too late to implement an equalization levy.
Operation Function Sharing
Operational function sharing is an incentive for districts and AEAs to reduce costs by sharing management personnel in the areas of superintendent management, business management, human resources management, transportation management, operations and maintenance management, curriculum director, master social worker, independent social worker, and school counselor. Districts and AEAs may share personnel with any Iowa governmental subdivision in addition to other districts and AEAs. The services must be shared for at least 20 percent of the normal, full-time contract hours for the position in the school year in each district or AEA requesting the supplementary weighting for sharing. The incentive is available through the 2023-2024 school year. The final year in which a supplementary weighting may be added on October 1 for this purpose shall not be later than the school year that begins July 1, 2023. For more detail on the incentive, refer to Iowa Administrative Code chapter 281--97.
The following spreadsheet shows the history of supplementary weighting for operation function sharing by districts and AEAs.