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(a) The governing body of a district shall make available, at no cost to the student or the student's parent, a basic boarding program to all secondary school age children in the district who do not have daily access to a school of the appropriate grade level by being transported a reasonable distance. The following rules apply:
(1) A basic boarding program must provide for each student
(A) suitable living accommodations, including room and board and supervision while the student is not in school, which satisfy the applicable requirements of state law and regulations;
(B) round-trip transportation to and from the student's usual home; and
(C) daily access to a school offering the appropriate grade level.
(2) Students in a basic boarding program must be placed in accordance with their best interests, taking into account special educational needs.
(3) To qualify for funding by the Department of Education and Early Development, a district's basic boarding program must satisfy the requirements of (1) and (2) of this subsection. Applications for funding must contain the following:
(A) the name, village and grade level of each student;
(B) the location of each student's boarding placement; and
(C) a budget showing transportation, room and board, and out-of-school supervision costs.
(4) Direct costs that may be claimed for reimbursement under this section are:
(A) those associated with one annual round trip between the community of residence and the school location;
(B) a room and board stipend during the school year; and
(C) up to 30 percent of the stipend amount for out-of-school supervision of students at locations outside the school district of residence.
(5) Administrative and out-of-school supervision costs for pupils attending schools within their school district of residence are the responsibility of the school district.
(6) Indirect costs may be claimed against approved expenditures based upon the Department of Education and Early Development annual approved indirect cost rate.
(7) The commissioner will review and adjust stipend rates annually, based upon information prepared by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, and the U.S. Department of Labor Consumer Price Index for the Anchorage area. The commissioner will notify school districts of final rates, and the information upon which adjustments were based, by August 15 of the school year to which they apply.
(8) If claims for reimbursement under this section exceed the amount appropriated for that purpose, the commissioner will deny reimbursement of administrative costs, reduce or deny costs associated with student supervision, and prorate student stipends based upon days served, in that order.
(b) No student may be suspended or expelled from a boarding program without due process of law. A student suspended or expelled from a boarding program is not, by that action, considered unavailable to attend a local secondary school required by 4 AAC 05.040.
History: Eff. 9/3/76, Register 59; am 3/12/86, Register 97; am 1/15/87, Register 101
Authority: AS 14.07.020 (1)
Editor's note: As of Register 151 (October 1999), the regulations attorney made technical revisions under AS 44.62.125 (b)(6) to reflect the name change of the Department of Education to the Department of Education and Early Development made by ch. 58, SLA 1999, and the corresponding title change of the commissioner of education.
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