Act 46 Implementation Project Contracting Process
The Act 46 Implementation Project supports the arrangement of consulting services for supervisory unions/districts that are studying how to respond to the requirements of Act 46. A supervisory union/district may contract with the Project, but is under no obligation to do so.
Districts that have been approved for a $5,000 or $20,000 merger study grant from the AOE may use those funds to cover costs incurred through a contract with the Project. For a $5,000 study, the contract includes an upper limit of $5,000; for a $20,000 study, the contract includes an upper limit of $16,500. Districts are billed for the actual costs of services provided by the consultants, plus an Act 46 Implementation Project fee, which covers the costs associated with administering contracts, providing coordination between consultants and the AOE, developing resources for study committees and consultants, and offering opportunities for networking/professional development for study committees and consultants.
The Project also supports education systems that wish to pursue an alternative structure. Systems that wish to engage the services of the Project for an alternative structure study should submit a brief summary of intent so the Project might find a consultant who is a good fit for the work.
It is important to note the consultants utilized by the Project are independent contractors, who are free to accept or decline the work offered to them. The Project makes no guarantee it will find a consultant for every system seeking one.
Every contract defines a specific scope of services that includes:
offering logistical and facilitation support at merger study meetings;
providing advice on public engagement and communications strategies;
supporting the preparation and presentation of a merger study report;
developing articles of agreement among the participating districts;
and other duties as mutually agreed to by the Project and the study committee.
Consultants are compensated at a rate of $115 an hour, and $37.50 an hour for travel.