CHAPTER 123

FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE PRINCIPLE OF SALARY INCREMENTS FOR SATISFACTORY SERVICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES OF THIS STATE; AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR.

WHEREAS, From the school year 1921-22 to the school year 1932-33, both inclusive, there was generally in effect in this State the principle and practice of increasing the salaries of employees as such employees increased in efficiency; and

WHEREAS, Owing to the financial condition of the State, the Legislature of 1933 by an Act making an appropriation for the School Budget beginning July 1, 1933, and ending June 30, 1935, the same being Chapter 141, Vol. 38, Laws of Delaware, made provision in Section 5 of said Act for the reduction of salaries of certain employees, thus making necessary the discontinuance of the principle and practice aforesaid; and

WHEREAS, The Legislature of 1935 and 1937 by Acts appropriating moneys for the respective biennial school budgets beginning in those years made it possible to restore the salary cuts required by Chapter 141, Vol. 38, Laws of Delaware, aforesaid, but did not appropriate sufficient moneys to enable Boards of Education to restore the principle and practice of salary increments aforesaid; and

WHEREAS, Salary schedules based upon reasonable annual increases for increase in efficiency up to certain maximums are regarded as not only just but also desirable, because conducive to more efficient service; THEREFORE:

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

Section 1. That, in addition to the sums that may be or are appropriated for the regular School Budget for the biennium beginning July 1, 1939, and ending June 30, 1941, there is hereby further appropriated for the school year beginning July 1, 1939, and ending June 30, 1940, the sum of $100,000.00, and for the school year beginning July 1, 1940, and ending June 30, 1941, the sum of $150,000.00. The said sums shall be allotted by the State Board of Education to the State Board, to the Board of Public Education in Wilmington, and to the Boards of Education of the Special School Districts of the State, and shall be used by each of the said boards for the sole purpose of restoring the principle of increments for satisfactory service in the salary schedule of public school employees of this State; provided that no person shall be paid therefrom an amount of more than $100.00 in any one year in excess of his salary for the preceding year.

Section 2. In making the allotment of the $100,000.00, the State Board of Education shall (1) multiply three dollars ($3.00) by the net enrollment in grades 10, 11 and 12 during the preceding school year; (2) multiply three dollars ($3.00) by the net enrollment in grades 7, 8 and 9 during the preceding school year; (3) the remainder shall be divided among the said units or divisions in the proportion which the net enrollment in grades one to six, inclusive, during the preceding school year in each of these units or divisions bears to the total net enrollment in the said grades during the said school year in all of the said units or divisions.

Section3. In making the allotment of the $150,000.00, the State Board of Education shall (1) multiply five dollars ($5.00) by the net enrollment in grades 10, 11 .and 12 during the preceding school year; (2) multiply five dollars ($5.00) by the net enrollment in grades 7, and 8 and 9 during the preceding school year; and (3) the remainder shall be divided among the said units or divisions in the proportion which the net enrollment in grades one to six, inclusive, during the preceding school year in each of these units or divisions bears to the total net enrollment in the said grades during the said school year in all of the said units or divisions.

Section 4. The said sums shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of the School Fund on warrants of the State Board of Education.

Approved May 10, 1939.