As used in this section, "formula ADM" has the same meaning as in section 3317.02 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding division (D) of section 3311.19 and division (D) of section 3311.52 of the Revised Code, the provisions of this section that apply to a city school district do not apply to any joint vocational or cooperative education school district.
(A) Each city, local, and exempted village school district shall, by one of the following means, provide vocational education adequate to prepare a pupil enrolled therein for an occupation:
(1) Establishing and maintaining a vocational education program that meets standards adopted by the state board of education;
(2) Being a member of a joint vocational school district that meets standards adopted by the state board;
(3) Contracting for vocational education with a joint vocational school district or another school district that meets the standards adopted by the state board. The standards of the state board of education shall include criteria for the participation by nonpublic students in vocational education programs without financial assessment, charge, or tuition to such student except such assessments, charges, or tuition paid by resident public school students in such programs. Such nonpublic school students shall be included in the formula ADM of the school district maintaining the vocational education program as part-time students in proportion to the time spent in the vocational education program. By the thirtieth day of October of each year, the superintendent of public instruction shall determine and certify to the superintendent of each school district subject to this section either that the district is in compliance with the requirements of this section for the current school year or that the district is not in compliance. If the superintendent certifies that the district is not in compliance, he shall notify the board of education of the district of the actions necessary to bring the district into compliance with this section. In meeting standards established by the state board of education, school districts, where practicable, shall provide vocational programs in high schools. A minimum enrollment of fifteen hundred pupils in grades nine through twelve is established as a base for comprehensive vocational course offerings. A school district may meet this requirement alone, through a cooperative arrangement pursuant to section 3313.92 of the Revised Code, through school district consolidation, by membership in a joint vocational school district, by contract with a school district, by contract with a school licensed by any state agency established by the Revised Code which school operates its courses offered for contracting with public schools under standards as to staffing and facilities comparable to those prescribed by the state board of education for public schools provided no instructor in such courses shall be required to be certificated by the state department of education, or in a combination of such ways. Exceptions to the minimum requirement of fifteen hundred pupils may be made by the state board of education based on sparsity of population or other factors indicating that comprehensive educational and vocational programs as required by this section can be provided through an alternate plan.
(B) Approval of state funds for the construction and operation of vocational facilities in any city, local, or exempted village school district shall be contingent upon a comprehensive vocational program plan approved by the state board of education no later than July 1, 1970. The state board of education shall not approve a school district plan unless the plan proposed reasonably meets the vocational needs of other school districts [in the general area of the school districts] in the general area of the school district submitting the plan. The plan shall be submitted to the state board of education no later than April 1, 1970. Such plan shall contain:
(1) The organization for vocational education pursuant to the requirements of this section;
(2) Vocational programs to be offered in the respective comprehensive high schools, in specialized schools or skill centers, and in joint vocational schools;
(3) Remodeled, additional, and new vocational facilities required at the respective locations. In approving the organization for vocational education the state board of education shall provide that no city, local, or exempted village school district is excluded in the statewide plan.
Effective Date: 07-01-1998