Maine Revised Statutes

§5103. Dropout prevention committee

The following provisions apply to the dropout prevention committee. [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]

1. Committee.  Each superintendent, with school board approval, shall annually establish a separate dropout prevention committee for each individual school unit under the superintendent's supervision.
[ 1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR) .]
2. Membership.  The dropout prevention committee shall be composed of the following members:
A. A member of the school board selected by that board; [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]
B. A school administrator selected by the superintendent; [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]
C. A teacher and a school counselor selected by the school administrative unit's teacher organization; [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]
D. A parent selected by the unit's organized parent group, or, if no organized parent group exists, by the school board; [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]
E. A school attendance coordinator from the district selected by the superintendent; [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]
F. A high school student selected by the dropout prevention committee members selected in paragraphs A to E; [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]
G. A dropout selected by the dropout prevention committee members selected in paragraphs A to E; and [1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR).]
H. A community resident of the district selected by the dropout prevention committee members selected in paragraphs A to E. [1989, c. 415, §29 (NEW).]
A dropout prevention committee may increase its membership by majority vote.
[ 1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR) .]
3. Terms and vacancies.  Members shall serve in accordance with policy established by the school board.
[ 1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR) .]
4. Chair.  The dropout prevention committee shall select a chair from among its members.
[ 1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR) .]
5. Responsibilities.  The following provisions apply to responsibilities of the dropout prevention committee.
A. The dropout prevention committee shall:
(1) Study the problem of dropouts and truancy and the need for alternative education programs, kindergarten to grade 12;
(2) Make recommendations for addressing the problems; and
(3) Submit a plan of action to the school board, in accordance with section 4502, subsection 5, paragraph L-1. [2011, c. 614, §19 (AMD).]
B. The dropout prevention committee shall consider the following when developing its plan:
(1) Reasons why students drop out of school;
(2) Maintenance of continuing contacts with recent dropouts in order to extend opportunities for alternative education programs, counseling and referral;
(3) Education of teachers and administrators about the dropout problem;
(4) Use of human services programs to help dropouts;
(5) The school administrative unit's policies on suspension, expulsion and other disciplinary action; and
(6) Discriminatory practices and attitudes within the school administrative unit. [2007, c. 667, §7 (AMD).]
C. [1989, c. 415, §29 (RP).]
[ 2011, c. 614, §19 (AMD) .]
6. Annual report.  The dropout prevention committee shall meet at least annually to review its plan and to make recommendations to the school board.
[ 1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR) .]
7. Department assistance.  The department shall provide technical assistance to a dropout prevention committee on request to the Office of Truancy, Dropout Prevention and Alternative Education.
[ 1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1981, c. 693, §§5,8 (NEW). 1989, c. 415, §29 (RPR). RR 2001, c. 1, §24 (COR). 2007, c. 667, §7 (AMD). 2011, c. 614, §19 (AMD).