CHAPTER 197 - FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE FOR DEFINING THE BOUNDARIES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS OUTSIDE THE CITY OF WILMINGTON

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR DEFINING THE BOUNDARIES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF DELAWARE SITUATED OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF WILMINGTON WHEN THE SAME ARE IN DOUBT AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF NECESSARY EXPENSES INVOLVED.

WHEREAS, The School Districts of this State were originally laid out in 1829 or shortly thereafter; and

WHEREAS, Numerous changes in the boundaries of said districts have been made since that time by various legal agencies; and

WHEREAS, In many cases the original markers of the boundary lines described have disappeared and in many cases records of changes have been lost or dispersed in scores of volumes of State laws; and

WHEREAS, Much confusion, particularly in the collection of taxes from school districts has resulted from the numerous uncertainties as to the location of the boundaries of the several school districts; therefore

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

Section 1. That the State Board of Education is hereby authorized and directed, as occasion may require, to examine the available records of the boundaries of the several school districts of the State outside of the City of Wilmington, and in case of doubt as to the location of said boundary or boundaries of any district or districts, the said State Board of Education, after examination of said records, and/or after due hearing of the party or parties whose property or properties may be involved, shall have power to fix and establish such boundary or boundaries and to make and preserve a record of its decisions in a special book to be kept for that purpose and to file a copy of such record with the County Assessor of the county wherein the property or properties involved may be located.

Section 2. In the event that the employment of technical assistance is found to be necessary in carrying out the provisions of this Act, the State Board of Education is authorized to pay for the same out of any fund that it may have to its credit not specially designated for other purposes and within the amount of such fund.

Approved April 18, 1945.