CHAPTER 151

RESPECTING MANNER IN WHICH UNITS IN SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE DETERMINED

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE OF 1953, ENTITLED "EDUCATION" IN RESPECT TO THE MANNER IN WHICH THE NUMBER OF UNITS IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL BE DETERMINED.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. § 1704, Title 14, Delaware Code of 1953, is amended by striking out all of said section and substituting the following:

§ 1704. Number of units in a school district; method of calculation

The number of units in each school district shall be calculated by the State Board of Education at least twice a year in the following manner:

(1) At the close of each school year the number of units to which each school district is entitled shall be calculated on the net enrollment of the school year just completed. Net enrollment as used in this section means total enrollment of a district for the year less the number of pupils transferred to another district in this State.

(2) As of the last day of September the number of units shall be calculated based on the total enrollment at that date of each school district.

Section 2. § 1710, Title 14, Delaware Code of 1953, is amended by striking out all of said section and substituting the following:

§ 1710. Reports as to number of units; determination of unit appropriation

The number of units in each school district as calculated under the provisions of section 1704 of this chapter shall be certified to the Budget Commission by the State Board of Education as soon as such calculations are completed. Along with any such certification which is made immediately prior to a regular session of the General Assembly the Board of Education shall submit its recommendations as to the sum which shall be appropriated for each unit, and shall make available to the Budget Commission all data upon which such recommendations are based. The Budget Commission shall establish the sum which shall be appropriated to each unit and shall use such sum as the basis for the appropriation specified in sections 1706 and 1707 (a) of this chapter.

Section 3. § 1711, Title 14, Delaware Code of 1953, is amended by striking out all of said section and substituting the following:

§ 1711. Reserve appropriation; adjustments

The Budget Commission shall recommend the appropriation of a sufficient reserve which shall be made available by the Budget Commission during the biennium to school districts which have been certified by the State Board of Education to have an increase in the number of units upon which the appropriation in the General Appropriation Bill was based. The Budget Commission may allocate additional funds out of such reserve to any school district based on a certification by the State Board of Education. The Budget Commission may also reduce the funds available to any school district but such reduction shall be based only upon a reduction in the number of units as certified by the State Board of Education as a result of the June calculation. Nothing contained in this section shall be interpreted as preventing the allocation of additional funds to school districts based upon a certification of an increase in units made at times other than those specifically required in section 1704 of this title.

Approved June 22, 1953.