CHAPTER 252

APPROPRIATION - STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

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

Section 1. In addition to any other funds appropriated to the State Board of Education or other Boards of Education or School Trustees in the State, there is hereby appropriated an amount not to exceed six hundred fifty-nine thousand dollars ($659,000.00) for the year ending June 30, 1954, and a further amount not to exceed six hundred fifty-nine thousand dollars ($659,000.00) for the year ending June 30, 1955, for the purpose of maintaining and improving public school buildings and grounds in a condition conducive to the health, safety, and welfare of the pupils.

Section 2. The amounts appropriated shall be expended by the State Board of Education or allotted to school districts according to rules and regulations of the State Board of Education.

Section 3. In determining the present necessity for any improvement in a school district and in allotting the funds to the various school districts, the State Board of Education shall consider (1) the immediate necessity of the repairs or improvements, (2) the ability of the district to provide for the repairs or improvements requested from any and all other funds available to the district, (3) the amount of the funds which the district has budgeted from its State appropriation for the maintenance of its school buildings, (4) the age and present value of the school property, (5) the permanency of the buildings or grounds to be improved, (6) the number of pupils to be benefited, (7) the reasonable future development or retardation of the school district, and/or any other condition which may arise.

Section 4. The State Board of Education is authorized to defray the cost of supervision and administration of this Act and by so doing to use thirty-four thousand dollars ($34,000.00) of the total amount appropriated for the year ending June 30, 1954, and the further amount of thirty-four thousand dollars ($34,000.00) for the year ending June 30, 1955.

Section 5. In letting contracts, the State Board of Education and/or school districts shall be governed by Section 6702, Title 29, Delaware Code of 1953.

Section 6. The State Board of Education is authorized to maintain a reserve of at least twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) for unforeseen emergencies.

Section 7. The sums hereby appropriated shall not revert to the General Fund of the State at the end of any fiscal year, but shall be available to the State Board of Education for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

Section 8. All contracts excepting those excluded by the provisions of Section 5 of this Act shall be accompanied by proof of possession of workmen's compensation and public liability insurance.

Section 9. This Act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act, and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer, upon warrants of the proper officials of the agencies herein provided for, drawn according to law, out of moneys deposited in the Farmer's Bank of the State of Delaware, at Dover, consisting of money received from the sale of bonds provided for by the 117th General Assembly.

Approved July 1, 1953.