CHAPTER 602

APPROPRIATION

SALARY SUPPORTED SCHEDULES FOR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 13, TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE, ENTITLED "STATE SUPPORTED SALARY SCHEDULES FOR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES", AND TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR.

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

Section 1. Chapter 13, Title 14, Delaware Code, is hereby amended by striking out said Chapter and enacting in lieu thereof a new Chapter 13, as follows

CHAPTER 13. STATE SUPPORTED SALARY SCHEDULES FOR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

§ 1301. Definitions

As used in this chapter--

"District" means a school district, a special school district, or the school district of the City of Wilmington ;

"Preparation", "bachelor's degree", "master's degree", "doctor's degree", "principal", "superintendent", "elementary school", and "secondary school" shall have the meanings defined by the State Board of Education.

§ 1302. Application of chapter

This chapter applies to every School District and Special School District and to the School District of the City of Wilmington.

This Chapter also applies to those teachers, secretaries, senior secretaries, and clerks who are employed directly by the State Board of Education.

§ 1303. State supported uniform salary schedules and classifications

The salary schedules and classifications set forth in this chapter shall be permanent State supported uniform salary schedules and classifications which shall govern, subject to the provisions of Section 1304 of this title, the amounts of the salaries that shall be paid in each District to the employees covered by the schedules.

§ 1304. Salaries in excess of State supported uniform salary schedules

Nothing contained in this Chapter shall prevent any Board of Education or Board of School Trustees from paying an additional amount of salary to any employee, if the additional amount is supplied by other funds than those supplied by State appropriations.

§ 1305. Salary schedule and classification for teachers

(a) Teachers who hold appropriate certificates and whose salaries are paid for 10 months per year shall receive annual salaries according to the following schedule:

Years of Experience

No
Degree

Bachelor's
Degree

Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree Pius 30 Graduate Credits

Master's Degree Plus 30 Graduate Credits

Doctor's
Degree

0

2,800

3,200

3,600

4,000

4,400

1

3,000

3,400

3,800

4,200

4,600

2

3,200

3,600

4,000

4,400

4,800

3

3,400

3,800

4,200

4,600

5,000

4

3,600

4,000

4,400

4,800

5,200

5

3,800

4,200

4,600

5,000

5,400

6

4,000

4,400

4,800

5,200

5,600

7

4,200

4,600

5,000

5,400

5,800

8

4,400

4,800

5,200

5,600

6,000

9

4,600

5,000

5,400

5,800

6,200

10

4,700

5,100

5,500

5,900

6,300

11

4,800

5,200

5,600

6,000

6,400

12

4,900

5,300

5,700

6,100

6,500

13

5,000

5,400

5,800

6,200

6,600

14

5,100

5,500

5,900

6,300

6,700

The term "30 Graduate Credits" as used in the above classification shall mean 30 semester hours of study in accordance with rules and regulations of the State Board of Education or the Board of Public Education in the City of Wilmington as the case may be.

(b) A teacher who is employed for more than 10 months per year and paid accordingly shall receive a payment of one-tenth of the amount designated in the schedule set forth in subsection (a) of this section for such teacher for each additional month of employment per year.

§ 1306. Salary schedule for chief school officer of a District

A superintendent or principal of a District, who is the chief school officer of his District and who holds a certificate appropriate for his position shall receive as a salary the amount for which he qualifies under Section 1316 and the schedule set forth in Section 1305 (a) and (b) of this title plus an annual amount to be determined in accordance with the following schedule:

Years of

Administrative

Experience

   

Number of Teachers

   

2-5

6-11

12-25

26-39

40-69

70 plus

0

$200

$ 200

$ 400

$ 600

$ 800

$1,000

1

300

300

550

800

1,050

1,300

2

400

400

700

1,000

1,300

1,600

3

500

500

850

1,200

1,550

1,900

4

500

600

1,000

1,400

1,800

2,200

5

500

700

1,150

1,600

2,050

2,500

6

500

800

1,300

1,800

2,300

2,800

7

500

1,000

1,500

2,000

2,500

3,000

The number of teachers used in the calculations of the salary of a principal or superintendent shall not include the principal or superintendent.

§ 1307. Salary schedule for principal who is subordinate to a chief school officer

A principal who is subordinate to a chief school officer in a District shall receive as a salary the amount for which he qualifies under Section 1316 and the schedule set forth in Section

1305 (a) and (b) of this title plus an annual amount stated in the appropriate subdivision of this section.

A. For a principal in charge of an elementary or secondary school who spends more than one-half his school time in teaching, add annual amounts as follows :

Years of

Administrative

Experience Number of Teachers

 

2-7

8-14

15 or more

0

$100

$100

$100

1

125

160

200

2

150

220

300

3

175

280

400

4

200

350

500

B. For a principal in charge of an elementary or secondary school or schools within the district, who spends less than one-half his school time in teaching, add annual amounts as follows:

Years of

Administrative

Experience Number of Teachers

 

16-19

20-29

30-39

40-59

60 or more

0

$ 200

$ 400

$ 600

$ 900

$1,200

1

400

600

800

1,100

1,400

2

600

800

1,000

1,300

1,600

3

800

1,000

1,200

1,500

1,800

4

1,000

1,200

1,400

1,700

2,000

C. In a district with 75 teachers or more, there may be employed an administrative assistant who shall be paid a salary in accordance with the last column in "B" above.

A teacher who is counted in subdivisions A or B of this section shall not be counted in more than one calculation if his time is divided between two schools. The number of teachers shall not include the principal.

§ 1308. Salary schedule for Senior Secretaries

Senior secretaries who have the qualifications required by the rules of the State Board of Education shall be paid a basic salary of $200 per month, plus $10 per month for each year of experience up to a maximum of $350 per month for senior secretaries having 15 or more years of experience.

§ 1309. Salary schedule for secretaries

Secretaries who have the qualifications required by the State Board of Education shall be paid a basic salary of $175 per month, plus $10 per month for each year of experience up to a maximum of $325 per month for secretaries having 15 or more years of experience.

§ 1310. Salary schedule for school nurses

School nurses who are employed for 10 months shall receive salaries according to the following schedule :

Years of
Experience

Registered Nurse
with
Provisional
Certificate

Registered Nurse
with
Regular
Certificate

Certified Nurse
with
Bachelor's
Degree

0

$2,600

$2,800

$3,200

1

2,800

3,000

3,400

2

3,000

3,200

3,600

3

3,200

3,400

3,800

4

3,400

3,600

4,000

5

3,600

3,800

4,200

6

3,800

4,000

4,400

7

4,000

4,200

4,600

8

4,200

4,400

4,800

9

4,400

4,600

5,000

10

4,500

4,700

5,100

11

4,600

4,800

5,200

12

4,700

4,900

5,300

13

4,800

5,000

5,400

14

4,900

5,100

5,500

§ 1311. Salary schedule for school custodians

School custodians who have the qualifications required by the State Board of Education and who work and are paid for 12 months per year shall be paid as follows:

Years of Experience

Chief
Custodian

Fireman

Custodian-
Fireman

Custodian

0

$3,350

$2,750

$2,650

$2,450

1

3,500

2,900

2,800

2,600

2

3,650

3,050

2,950

2,750

3

3,800

3,200

3,100

2,900

4

 

3,350

3,250

3,050

5

..

3,400

3,300

3,100

The above salaries shall be increased for special training as defined and credited by the State Board of Education as follows:

Chief Custodian

$400

Custodian-Fireman

300

Custodian

200

§ 1312. Experience

(a) In the case of a teacher, superintendent or principal, the term "years of experience" in determining salary in accordance with Section 1305, means years of service in a public school or a regularly organized private school. Ninety-one days in any school year shall constitute one year of experience, but not more than one year of experience may be credited for any one calendar year. Years of service in the armed forces of the United States shall be counted also as years of experience in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the State Board of Education in this respect.

(b) In the case of personnel whose salaries are based wholly or in part upon Sections 1306, 1307, 1308, 1309, 1310, and 1311, experience shall be evaluated by the State Board of Education, taking into consideration the number of months and the nature of the services rendered.

§ 1313. Salaries of employees who fail to meet State Board's Qualifications

Any person employed by a District who does not meet the qualifications set up by the State Board of Education shall not receive any salary paid in part by State funds unless such person's salary shall be at least $200 less per year than the amounts provided in the appropriate salary schedule in this chapter.

§ 1314. Limitations on salary increases and decreases

(a) The salary paid from State funds to any person employed by a District on June 14, 1956, shall not be increased more than $300 in any one year by reason of the application of any salary schedule contained in this chapter, nor shall the amount of any salary paid from State funds exceed the amount provided in the appropriate salary schedule, and it shall be the duty of each school board to certify upon request of the Auditor, Budget Commission, or State Board of Education that the schedules and the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education regarding salary schedules are being fully complied with.

(a) The salary paid from State funds to any person employed by a District on June 14, 1956, shall not be reduced by reason of the application of any salary schedule contained in this chapter, except in the case of a change in classification.

() The salary paid from State funds to any person employed by a District after June 30, 1956, shall not be greater than that which he would receive had he been employed on June 14, 1956.

§ 1315. Rules and regulations

The State Board of Education may make such rules and regulations as it deems appropriate to make the application of the salary schedules contained in this chapter uniform throughout the State.

§ 1316. Determination of number of employees and months of employment

The State Board of Education shall determine the number and months of employment in a school year of the personnel employed in each District whose salaries may be paid out of State funds under any salary schedule contained in this chapter, except teachers whose salaries are paid for 10 months per year.

§ 1317. Method of salary payments

Teachers and principals who are employed for ten months per year shall have the option of being paid in ten (10) or twelve (12) equal monthly payments, provided that such employees shall indicate their preference at the time of signing their contract for the ensuing school year and that the method of salary payment so designated shall not be changed during the period of the aforementioned contract.

§ 1318. Sick leave and absences for other reasons

(a) Teachers and other employees shall be allowed ten (10) days of sick leave per year with full pay, and any unused days of such leave shall be accumudated to the employee's credit up to a limit of forty (40) such days.

(b) In the case of a death in the immediate family of the employee, there shall be no deduction of salary of said employee for an absence not to exceed five (5) calendar days. Members of the immediate family shall be defined as: father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband, wife, parent-in-law, or any relative who resides in the same household, or any person with whom the employee has made his or her home. This absence shall be in addition to other leaves granted the employee.

(c) In the case of critical illness in the immediate family as described above, an employee may be absent without loss of pay for a period of three (3) calendar days. The days so lost are to be counted in the sick leave of the employee.

(d) In case of the death of a near relative, there shall be no deduction in the salary of the employee for absence on the

day of the funeral. A near relative shall be defined as: first cousin, grandfather, grandmother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. This absence shall be in addition to other leaves granted the employee.

§ 1319. Records of absences; proof

Each employing board shall keep an accurate record of the absences from duty and reasons therefor of all employees for whatsoever reason and may require a statement from the employee when absent because of illness to the effect that he or she was unable to perform his or her duties during the period of absence. The Board may request a physician's certificate if in its judgment this is necessary.

§ 1320. Deduction for unexcused absence

For each day's absence without good and sufficient reason accepted by the employing board, the board shall deduct 1/20th of the monthly salary of the employee for each day of such absence.

Section 2. To carry out the provisions of this Act there is hereby appropriated to the State Board of Education the sum of Eight Hundred Seventy-Eight Thousand Four Hundred Dollars ($878,400.00) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1956 and ending June 30, 1957.

Section 3. No provisions of this Act shall become effective until July 1, 1956.

Section 4. This Act is a Supplementary Appropriation, and the money hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved June 22, 1956.