Chapter 353

2007 -- H 6440

Enacted 07/05/07


A N  A C T



     Introduced By: Representatives Winfield, Pacheco, Church, Gorham, and Baldelli-Hunt

     Date Introduced: May 29, 2007


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 16-3.1-8 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-3.1 entitled

"Cooperative Service Among School Districts" is hereby amended to read as follows:


     16-3.1-8. Regional center collaborative -- Northern Rhode Island. -- Notwithstanding

the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the school committees of the cities

and towns of Lincoln, Cumberland, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North

Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston, Foster, Glocester, Foster-Glocester regional school

district, and Burrillville are authorized and empowered to continue and/or initiate cooperative

efforts to provide special education programs and diagnostic services required by law or

regulation, to utilize technology, including without limitation television, to provide limited

interest curriculum, and to provide programs for the gifted and talented, all on a collaborative

basis. The various school committees may assign and delegate to their respective school

committee chairs or designee or superintendents of schools or designee, acting as a regional

board, any duties, responsibilities, and powers that the committees may deem necessary for the

conduct, administration, and management of the regional center collaborative of northern Rhode


     The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, as a nonprofit corporation, shall have all the

powers provided in the R.I. Nonprofit Corporation Act (RI Gen. Laws section 7-6-1, et seq):

     (1) To purchase, take, receive, lease, take by gift, or otherwise acquire, own, hold,

mortgage, finance, improve, and use a certain parcel of realty and fixtures thereon located at 300

George Washington Highway, Smithfield, Rhode Island, and any parcels of realty contiguous


     (2)To create a wholly-owned subsidiary entity for the purpose of facilitating any of the

powers, duties and responsibilities referred to above.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.