The Regional Agreement

THE REGIONAL AGREEMENT  
After attempts to amend the Regional Agreement in 2014 and 2015 were unsuccessful, members of the  Boards of Selectmen from District towns met in a series of meetings to develop additional amendments to the Regional Agreement in the Fall, 2015.  These proposed amendments were presented to the School Committee at a special meeting on 12/21/15.  At this meeting, the School Committee voted unanimously, with 13 members present, to approve the proposed amendments (v. 12/21/15).  The 16 towns then considered these proposed amendments at Special Town Meetings held during January-February, 2016.   Seven of the member towns (Boxborough, Carlisle, Dover, Lincoln, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston)  opted to be named "declarant communities" per Section IX (E) of the Draft and considered withdrawal as well.  (Read related Boston Globe article, 1/24/16.)  All 16 towns voted to approve the amendments.  In addition, 6 of the 7 declarant towns voted to withdraw. See results.  Along with certified votes from the towns, the amended Regional Agreement was submitted to the Commissioner of Education at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for approval on 3/8/16. He approved the amended Regional Agreement on 3/11/16.  
 
 
An archive of the documents prepared for the Special Town Meetings can be found here
 
As a result of this process, the District will be configured as follows:
 
In District, effective July 1, 2017
Acton
Arlington
Belmont*
Bolton
Concord
Dover
Lancaster
Lexington
Needham
Stow 
 
Out of District, effective July 1, 2017
Boxborough
Carlisle
Lincoln
Sudbury
Wayland
Weston 
 
 
*The Town of Belmont 
At the November 15, 2016 School Committee meeting, the chair acknowledged and duly noted for the minutes that on October 26, 2016, the District received a letter from Belmont dated October 24, 2016, certifying their vote to withdraw from the District. See letter here.  Per the new Regional Agreement, Belmont's withdrawal will be effective July 1, 2020.  
 
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