Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. The first paragraph of section 3 of chapter 463 of the acts of 2004 is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- There shall be a temporary oversight board which shall consist of 13 members, for the purpose of overseeing all aspects of the planning and development of the new school in conjunction with the Massachusetts school building authority and the division of capital asset management; 5 of whom shall be from the North Shore vocational regional school to be appointed by the chairman of the North Shore vocational regional school committee and each shall be a resident of a different member town of the North Shore Vocational Regional School District; 3 of whom from the Essex agricultural and technical high school to be appointed by the chairman of the board of trustees of the Essex agricultural and technical high school and shall be residents of a municipality in Essex county with students currently attending Essex agricultural and technical high school; 1 of whom shall be a resident of the city of Peabody appointed by the mayor of the city; 1 of whom shall be a resident of the town of Danvers appointed by the town manager; 1 of whom shall be the superintendent-director of the North Shore Vocational Regional School; 1 of whom shall be the superintendent of the Essex Agricultural and Technical High School; and 1 of whom shall be appointed by the commissioner of agricultural resources.
SECTION 2. Section 5 of said chapter 463 is hereby further amended by striking out the last sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The authority shall include its findings as part of the annual school building needs assessment required by paragraph (a) of section 17 of chapter 70B of the General Laws and shall forward the findings, together with recommended legislation, if any, to the secretary of administration and finance, the joint committee on education, and the house and senate committees on ways and means, but not later than 18 months after the establishment of the temporary oversight board established in section 3.
SECTION 3. Section 8 of said chapter 463 is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The school committee shall have exclusive use of the property occupied as of July 1, 2004 by the Essex agricultural and technical high school at no cost for so long as it remains in use for the purpose of public education, and shall keep all buildings and improvements thereto in good repair, unless the creation of the new school calls for the removal, replacement, alteration or rehabilitation of the existing structures.
SECTION 4. Said chapter 463 is hereby further amended by striking out section 12 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 12. The district shall be responsible for the transportation of its students in accordance with sections 7A and 16C of chapter 71 of the General Laws and may contract with municipalities for the provision of transportation services; but the responsibility for non-resident students enrolled in the agricultural vocational programs shall be limited to students residing in municipalities within a 20-mile radius of the district, as determined by the commissioner.
Approved January 25, 2006 .