CHAPTER 20

APPROPRIATION

SALARY INCREMENTS TO TEACHERS

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR SALARY INCREMENTS TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN WILMINGTON AND TO EACH OF THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PROVIDING A METHOD FOR THE ALLOTMENT THEREOF.

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

Section 1. There is hereby appropriated and authorized to be paid out of the Treasury of this State the sum of Ninety-five Thousand Dollars ($95,000.00) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1944 and the sum of Ninety-five Thousand Dollars ($95,000.00) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1945 by the State Treasurer, and said sums shall be paid in the same manner and subject to the same provisions prescribed in this Act for other amounts appropriated and to be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury to the Board of Public Education in Wilmington, and to each of the Boards of Education of the Special School Districts, and to the State Board of Education; and said payments shall be made on a basis of allotment to be submitted to the State Treasurer by the State Board of Education and said allotments shall be based upon the net enrollments as hereinafter defined, and the several amounts allotted shall be used by said respective Boards for the sole purpose of maintaining the principle of salary increments in accordance with the provisions of the salary schedules of said respective Boards as now or hereafter in effect. In making the allotment of the said Ninety-five Thousand Dollars ($95,000.00) in each of the said fiscal years 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 years; (2) multiply three dollars ($3.00) by the net enrollment in Grades 7, 8 and 9 during the preceding school years; (3) divide the remainder among the said units or divisions in the proportion which the net enrollments 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; provided that on or before August 1 of each fiscal year notice shall be furnished the State Treasurer and Auditor of Accounts by the State Board of Education setting forth the total of allotments under this paragraph to the Board of Public Education in Wilmington, to each of the Boards of Education of the several Special School Districts, and to the State Board of Education provided that said notice of allotments to the said State Treasurer and Auditor of Accounts shall also contain the names and the present salary of each of the employes of said Boards and the amount of increment which each of said employes is to receive; and further provided that the excess, if any, of said appropriations of Ninety-five Thousand Dollars ($95,000.00) over the total of allotments made in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph shall be placed to the credit of and considered a part of the Salary Turnover Account as provided in Section 2 of this Act.

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

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

(2) In case a pupil transfers from one school to another in Delaware; (a) he shall be counted as enrolled in the school in which he attends the largest number of days; (b) 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.

(3) 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 clays the pupil is required to attend school per week.

Section 2. Any amount appropriated for salaries under the terms of this Act or under the terms of any appropriation act to the respective Boards of Education herein referred to in excess of the total amount expended therefor shall be placed in a separate account to be known as the Salary Turnover Account on or before July 1, 1944; provided that any such excesses occurring in a school belonging to the State Board Unit shall be credited to the State Board of Education; those occurring in the City of Wilmington shall be credited to the Board of Public Education in Wilmington; and those occurring in any of the several Special School Districts shall be credited to the Boards of Education of the Special Districts in which said excesses occur; and provided further that no transfers shall be made for any purposes from said Salary Turnover Account except upon authorization by the Permanent Budget Commission.

Section 3. Any such amounts remaining in the said Salary Turnover Account to the credit of the State Board of Education, the Board of Public Education in Wilmington, or any of the Boards of Education of the several Special School Districts on July 1, 1944 shall be made available for the exclusive use by said respective boards for salary increments in their respective districts, and in the same manner as provided in this Act ; provided that such modifications of the methods shall be employed as may be necessary to preserve the uniformity within any given school district or within the several school districts belonging to the State Board Unit of the increment that shall be warranted by the said balance existing in said Salary Turnover Account to the credit of any of said Boards; and provided further that nothing in this section shall be interpreted to mean that any teacher or other school employe shall be entitled to receive a larger increment than that to which he is entitled to receive in accordance with the provisions of the regular salary schedules of said Boards as now or hereafter in effect.

Approved February 11, 1943.