(a) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, two or more of the Independent School Districts Numbered 12 and 16 of Anoka County, Independent School Districts Numbered 621, 622, 623, and 624 of Ramsey County, and Independent School Districts Numbered 832, 833, and 834 of Washington County, are hereby authorized to enter into an agreement to establish a special intermediate school district upon majority vote of the full membership of each of the boards of the districts entering into the agreement. When such resolution has been adopted by the board of one of the districts, it shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation in said district. If a petition for referendum on the question of said district entering into such agreement is filed with the clerk of the said board within 60 days after publication of such resolution, signed by the qualified voters of said district equal to five percent of the number of voters at the last annual school election. No board shall enter into such agreement until the question of whether the district shall enter into the agreement has been submitted to the voters of said district at a special election. Said election shall be conducted and canvassed in accordance with chapter 205A.
(b) If a majority of the total number of votes cast on the question within said district is in favor of the question, the board of said school district may thereupon proceed to enter into an agreement to establish the special intermediate school district for purposes herein described. Such school district so created shall be known as Northeastern Metropolitan Intermediate School District, state of Minnesota. The commissioner of education shall assign an appropriate identification number as provided by section 123A.56.