CHAPTER 187 - SCHOOL BUDGET

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATION FOR THE SCHOOL BUDGET FOR THE SCHOOL YEARS BEGINNING RESPECTIVELY JULY 1, 1935, AND JULY 1, 1936, AND ENDING RESPECTIVELY JUNE 30, 1936, AND JUNE 30, 1937.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That there is hereby appropriated the sum of Three Million Four Hundred Eighty-eight Thousand One Hundred Twenty-eight Dollars ($3,488,128.00) for the School Budget hereinafter described for the school year beginning July 1, 1935, and ending June 30, 1936, and there is hereby further appropriated the sum of Three Million Four Hundred Eighty-eight Thousand One Hundred Twenty-eight Dollars ($3,488,128.00) for the said School Budget for the school year beginning July 1, 1936, and ending June 30, 1937, and the amount hereby appropriated for each of the said years shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of any moneys which shall accrue to the State Treasury for school purposes from any sources so designated by law.

Section 2. The State Treasurer is hereby directed to pay the amounts appropriated in this Act on warrants of the State Board of Education as provided by statute, with the following further restrictions upon the expenditure of the same:

"GENERAL CONTROL" not more than five per centum, provided that the State Board of Education in making its distribution of this item may reserve not more than two per centum of the total budget for the functions of the State Board, its offices, officers and employees;

"INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICE" not less than seventy per centum;

"OPERATION" not more than eleven per centum;

"MAINTENANCE" not more than five per centum;

"AUXILIARY AND CO-ORDINATE ACTIVITIES" not more than eleven per centum; provided that the State Board in making the distribution of this item is authorized to reserve first, not more than eight and six-tenths per centum of the total budget for transportation of pupils; and second, not more than one per centum of the total budget for the following activities: Oratorical and Declamation Association, Adult Education, a teacher in Sunny-side Preventorium and a teacher in Brandywine Sanitorium.

"FIXED CHARGES" not more than one and five-tenths per centum;

"CAPITAL OUTLAY" not more than two per centum;

"DEBT SERVICE" no part of the total;

"FOR matching the appropriation of the Federal Government for Vocational Education" not less than Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00).

Section 3. The term "GENERAL CONTROL" as used in Section 2 shall include the following expenditures:

(a) Salaries and expenses of the members of the State Board of Education and the expenses of the business office.

(b) Salaries of Superintendents and their traveling expenses and the administrative part of the salaries of Superintendents of Special Districts.

(c) Compulsory attendance and school census.

(d) School election expenses.

The term "INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICE" as used in Section 2 shall include the following expenditures:

(e) The Supervisional part of salaries of Superintendents and Supervisors and their expenses.

(f) Salaries of Principals and Teachers.

(g) Textbooks and Professional Books for Teachers.

(h) Supplies and other materials of instruction

(i) Tuition paid to other boards.

(j) Other instructional costs, including school libraries.

The term "OPERATION" as used in Section 2 shall include all expenditures for janitors and engineers, fuel, water, light and power, care of grounds, rent, supplies and other operating expenses.

The term "MAINTENANCE" as used in Section 2 shall include all expenditures for the upkeep of grounds, repair of buildings, repair and replacement of equipment, repair and replacement of apparatus and other maintenance.

The term "AUXILIARY AND CO-ORDINATE ACTIVITIES" as used in Section 2 shall include all expenditures for Transportation of Pupils, Vocational Teacher-Training, Americanization, Adult Education, Promotion of Health, salaries of teachers at Sunnyside Preventorium and Brandywine Sanitorium, expenses of teachers' and trustees' meetings, and other auxiliary activities.

The term "FIXED CHARGES" as used in Section 2 shall include all expenditures for Insurance and Premiums paid for workingmen's compensation insurance.

The term "CAPITAL OUTLAY" as used in Section 2 shall include all expenditures for grounds, new buildings and alterations (other than repairs), new equipment and apparatus.

Section 4. Each year after the sums for the State-wide activities hereinbefore mentioned have been deducted from the total amount set forth in Section 1, the remainder shall be divided among the following divisions, to wit: The State board, the City of Wilmington, and the various Special School Districts of the State, according to their respective enrollments, the amounts for each to be calculated as follows:

1st. Multiply Eighty-one Dollars ($81.00) by the number of pupils enrolled in grades ten, eleven and twelve during the previous school year.

2nd. Multiply Seventy-four Dollars Twenty-five Cents ($74.25) by the number of pupils enrolled in grades seven, eight and nine during the previous school year.

3rd. The remainder shall be divided among the said divisions in the proportion which the net enrollment in grades one to six, inclusive, during the previous school year in each of these divisions bears to the total net enrollment in said grades during, the said school year in all of the said divisions.

Net enrollment of pupils shall be calculated on the basis of the following conditions:

(k) To be counted enrolled a pupil must attend twenty or more school days in a public school in Delaware.

(l) In case a pupil transfers from one school to another in Delaware: (1) he shall be counted as enrolled in the school in which he attends the largest number of days; (2) if he attends the same number of days in each of two or more schools he shall be counted as enrolled in the school which he last attended.

(m) In case of a continuation school where pupils are required to attend fewer than five days a week the enrollment in such a school shall be multiplied by one-fifth times the number of days the pupil is required to attend school per week.

Section 5. After the first of June of any year the State Board of Education is authorized to transfer any amount that will not be needed by one of the aforesaid divisions from the credit of such division to that of another which may show a deficiency, provided the Board of Education whose allotments are affected by such transfer agree thereto, and further provided, that the expenditure of any sum or sums so transferred shall be subject to the percentage limitations in Section 2 of this Act.

Section 6. In addition to the amounts appropriated in Section 1, there is hereby further appropriated the additional sum of Ninety-seven Thousand Dollars ($97,000.00) for the school year beginning July 1, 1935, and ending June 30, 1936, and the further sum of Twenty-two Thousand Dollars ($22,000.00) for the school year beginning July 1, 1936, and ending June 30, 1937. The said amounts shall be allotted by the State Board of Education to those of the aforesaid divisions which shall have extra school costs by reason of the opening and maintaining of new buildings; and the amount appropriated by this section, for each of the said years, shall be paid by the State Treasurer, on warrants of the State Board of Education, as provided by statute, out of any moneys which shall accrue to the State Treasury for school purposes from any source so designated by law.

"Section 7. In addition to the sums hereinbefore appropriated there is hereby further appropriated for the school year beginning July 1, 1935, and ending June 30, 1936, the sum of One Hundred Forty-seven Thousand Dollars ($147,000.00) and for the school year beginning July 1, 1936, and ending June 30, 1937, the further sum of One Hundred Forty-seven Thousand Dollars ($147,000.00). The said sums shall be allotted by the State Board to the various divisions mentioned in Section 4 and by them used for the purpose of restoring to their employees one-half of the salary reductions which were required by Section 5 of Chapter 141, Volume 38, Laws of Delaware."

Approved April 18, 1935.