1.    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board of a school district in this state may contract with the board of a school district in another state for the joint operation and maintenance of school facilities and for joint activities, if the districts are contiguous. To be valid, the contract must be approved by the superintendent of public instruction and by a majority of the qualified electors residing in the district.

Terms Used In North Dakota Code 15.1-09-39

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See North Dakota Code 1-01-49

2.    In assessing the contract, the superintendent shall consider the district’s enrollment, its valuation, and its longevity.

3.    If the superintendent approves the contract, the board shall submit the contract to the electorate of the district, for approval, at an annual or a special election.

4.    The board shall publish notice of the election in the official newspaper of the district at least fourteen days before the election. The notice must include a statement regarding the purpose of the election and the terms of the contract.

5.    On the ballot, the board shall seek the voters’ permission to execute the proposed contract, as approved by the superintendent of public instruction.

6.    If the voters approve the execution of the contract, the board may levy and collect taxes, as permitted in accordance with chapter 57-15, to carry out the contract pursuant to law.

7.    If a district that is a party to a contract under this section dissolves, any district to which the land of the dissolved district is attached shall assume the contractual responsibilities.