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COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM AGREEMENT This Cooperative Education Program Agreement ("Agreement") is entered into between Albion Public

Schools ("Albion") and Marshall Public Schools ("Marshall"), each a Michigan general powers school district, organized and operating pursuant to the Revised School Code, MCL 380.1, et seq., as amended. Albion and Marshall are each sometimes referred to herein as a "District" and collectively as the "Districts." WHEREAS, Part 18 of the Revised School code allows a general powers school district to discontinue grade levels, in whole or in part, and to enter into an agreement with another school district to admit displaced students as nonresident pupils, and to establish corresponding rates of tuition and reimbursement for daily transportation expenses to be paid by the district of residence to the district of attendance; and WHEREAS, Albion has determined to discontinue grades 9 through 12, and the Districts mutually desire to provide for the attendance and transportation of Albion high school students at Marshall, all as more particularly set forth herein. NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of their mutual undertakings, the Districts agree as follows: 1. Term and Termination. This Agreement shall become effective July 1, 2013, and shall continue through June 30, 2014. This Agreement will automatically be extended for an additional one-year period commencing July 1, unless a District exercises non-extension of this Agreement by providing written notice to the other District not later than April 30. Upon such notice, the Agreement will terminate on June 30 of the year of notice, unless otherwise agreed by the Districts. The Program. The Program shall consist of grades 9-12, which are not being offered by Albion. The Program will include, and Marshall will provide, traditional 9-12 grade programs for pupils of Albion and Marshall, which programs are economically more feasible through cooperation than could financially be provided independently. The Program may also include non-traditional 9-12 grade programs (e.g., Opportunity School) upon satisfaction of applicable enrollment requirements. Marshall will operate the Program on behalf of Albion and Marshall, including the hiring of any necessary staff. Students in the Program. Students, for purposes of this Agreement, are defined as Albion students in grades 9-12. Students in the Program: (a) must be less than 20 years of age on September 1, 2013, except for special education pupils, who must be less than 26 years of age on September 1, 2013, and (b) must not have obtained a high school diploma or GED. Marshall agrees to maintain: (a) a program alpha list with the students' legal name, student ID number, and the resident district name, (b) attendance records for such students, and (c) a program schedule showing the sum of hours scheduled for the 2013-2014 school year.




The residency related information for non-resident pupils of Marshall shall be reported on the MSDS. The estimated number of students who will participate in the Program is: Albion: Marshall: 4. ___________________ ___________________

Membership and State Aid. This Agreement constitutes written approval by the Districts in accordance with the State School Aid Act, that a student residing in Albion, but transported by and attending Marshall in accordance with this Agreement, shall be considered in membership in Marshall. The Districts agree that Marshall shall receive from the State of Michigan the full Foundation Allowance for Albion students in the Program. All students in the Program shall be counted in membership for Marshall for State Aid purposes. The sum of the FTE counted by Albion and Marshall for Program students shall not exceed 1.0 FTE. In the event that a student, identified by Albion to be covered by this Agreement, is for any reason not counted on the applicable State Pupil Count Day, then Albion shall not be responsible for tuition payments or special costs for that student. The amounts received by Marshall pursuant to this Section 4 shall be considered tuition under Part 18 of the Revised School Code. Transportation. Albion shall provide transportation for all Albion students in the Program. Albion agrees to send school buses to and from Marshall high school for drop-off and pick-up of students identified by Albion. The routes and timing for buses shall be as mutually agreed upon by Albion and Marshall. Albion shall be responsible for the full cost of transporting students of Albion who are participating in the Program. The Districts acknowledge and agree that the Program is conducted separately and distinctly from any "schools of choice" program operating under Section 105 of the State School Aid Act, which does not require a district to provide transportation for a nonresident pupil enrolled in another district.



Special Education Students. For any Albion student in the Program eligible for special education and/or related aids and services, the receipt of applicable special education funding for that student, through the State of Michigan or the appropriate intermediate school district, shall be the responsibility of Marshall. Marshall shall provide the buildings, equipment, personnel, and room and board, as necessary and required, for the operation of special education programs for Albion students in the Program. Special education services shall be in accordance with the ISD plan. For Albion students enrolled in the Program, Albion shall be responsible for the cost of special education programs and services above the amounts reimbursed by Calhoun Intermediate School District. Student Conduct and Discipline. Students in the Program, during the time they are in transportation and in attendance at Marshall, are subject to Marshall's student code of conduct, which Marshall shall publish and distribute to applicable students. Marshall shall have authority in accordance with law to suspend, remove or otherwise discipline any student in



attendance at a Marshall school. Students in the Program who have been expelled or suspended, including resident pupils of Albion, shall be subject to reinstatement as set forth in Marshalls code of conduct and/or the Revised School Code, as applicable. By applying for inclusion in the Program, a student may not attend Albion during the period of any such suspension or expulsion. 8. Testing. Marshall shall administer to students in the Program MEAP/MERIT testing, or such other assessments as may be required by the State of Michigan, and other local or nationally recognized proficiency testing instruments as determined by Marshall. The students test scores shall be included, except as otherwise required by the Revised School Code or other applicable law, in the calculation of Marshall's school average, and not the calculation of the Albion average. Standards, Credits and Diplomas. Students shall be eligible to receive a high school diploma based upon all credits earned in the Albion or Marshall schools, and, if earned, shall receive a high school diploma in the name of Marshall's high school. Albion and Marshall shall apply all credits earned at a school of the other District toward its own graduation requirements. Any grade change request shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Revised School Code, if applicable, and in accordance with Marshall's policies. Records. Marshall shall maintain appropriate records of student attendance, behavior, progress, grades and achievements as may be required by law. Student records shall be maintained on a basis that is comparable to the record keeping by Marshall for its resident students. Severability. The unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, and to this end, the provisions of this Agreement are severable. Further Matters. Each District agrees to perform such additional acts and execute such additional documents as are reasonably necessary to carry out the terms of this Agreement. Notices. Notices or other communications required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing, and shall be deemed to be duly given on the day of service if served personally, or three days after delivery to the United States Postal Service for regular mail service to the attention of the Districts Superintendent at the Districts address as listed alongside its signatory line at the end of this Agreement. Choice of Law. This Agreement shall be interpreted and enforced under the laws of the State of Michigan applicable to contracts made and to be performed entirely within such State without giving effect of choice of law principles of such State. The parties irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of the Courts of Michigan to determine all issues which may arise under this Agreement. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which constitute one and the same agreement.










Signer's Representation. Each signer of this Agreement personally represents and warrants that this Agreement has been expressly authorized by the Board of Education of the District on whose behalf this Agreement is signed, and that s/he has been expressly authorized to sign this Agreement. Dated: ______________________

Albion Public Schools ____________________________________ President ____________________________________ Secretary ____________________________________ Superintendent Meeting Date of Board Action: _____________________________________



Marshall Public Schools ____________________________________ President ____________________________________ Secretary ____________________________________ Superintendent Meeting Date of Board Action: _____________________________________

Dated: ______________________



Calhoun Intermediate School District, for purposes of Section 6, only: By: __________________________________ Its: __________________________________ Dated: _______________________________