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Annexation - Detachment


Detachments are a form of reorganization where a portion of one school district is incorporated into one or more other school districts. This may consist of one or more families or an area within the district wanting to attend another district. 

Frequently Asked Questions

May I send my child to another school district without paying tuition?                                               
No. Non-resident students are required to pay tuition.  A non-resident student becomes a resident student only upon the effective date of the detachment. 

Utilizing detachment, can I send my child to any school district that I would like?                              
No. The annexing district must be contiguous (boundaries touching) with the current school district. 

Can more than one family be involved in the process?                                                                    
Yes.  A single family, a group of families, or other registered voters can join together to utilize the detachment process. 

Will my taxes be affected?                                                                                                          
Possibly.  After detachments, the tax rates apply to the detached property will be the tax rates of the annexing school district. 

Who is responsible for the expenses associated with the detachment?                                              
The petitioners are responsible for the costs of publishing the hearing notice and the costs of the transcript of the hearing.  Upon receiving the petition ROE # 17 will collect the deposit before scheduling the hearing. 

Superintendent Larry Pfeiffer from ROE # 40 put together an excellent video explaining School Annexation and Detachment.  To watch this informative video please click here.


The Regional Board of School Trustees


The Regional Board of School Trustees is an elected board comprised of seven members. This elected board hears petitions for annexations, detachments and changes in school boundaries. The Regional Superintendent acts as Ex-Officio Secretary to the Board. The Regional Office maintains all records of petitions heard in the region. The main responsibilities of the Regional Board of School Trustees are:

  1. The hearing and disposal of petitions for change of school district boundaries.
  2. The hearing and disposal of petitions by school districts to withdraw from Joint Agreements/Cooperatives.
  3. The appointment of appraisers and approval of final settlements in the division of assets when new districts are formed.
  4. Per statute, meetings are regularly held on July 1, October 1, January 1 and April 1st. Meetings will be rescheduled or cancelled if necessary per OMA. 



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