Interdistrict collaboratives have become a well-established and highly effective option for school committees when seeking solutions to educational problems of a common nature. For the past decade, collaboratives have been used to accommodate special needs programs.

The Board of Education believes that educational collaboratives have a potential beyond special education to increase and expand the level of service in regular education, occupational education, staff development, research and innovative programs.

This Policy supports and encourages collaboration between and among school committees and emphasizes the following Board of Education positions:

    1. The ultimate responsibility for the delivery of services through a collaborative, as authorized by the collaborative board, rests with the individual member school committees. Delivery of services through an educational collaborative does not abrogate the local school districts from their responsibility to provide a free and appropriate education for all students in their district;
    2. The collaborative structure has the potential to increase efficiencies and economies;
    3. Although “programs” offered by educational collaboratives may be temporary due to the changing needs and priorities of local school systems, the collaborative “structure” has proven to be viable and stable;
    4. Educational collaboratives have the potential to play an increasing role in implementing state-mandated priorities and programs, and
    5. Educational Collaboratives serve as important partners to school systems and the state in their effort to increase equal educational opportunities for all students, and to maintain the quality of educational offerings.