CHAPTER 650

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 17, TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO STATE APPROPRIATIONS BY ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM IN FLEXIBLE FUNDING.

WHEREAS, in listing legislative priorities for Fiscal Year 1970, the State Board of Education proposed a Flexible Funding Program Model as a high priority item in curriculum improvement; and

WHEREAS, the Stanton School District is desirous of initiating a program in flexible funding and staffing and to serve as a pilot school district in behalf of the State public school system; and

WHEREAS, the new Linden Hill Elementary School in the Stanton School District will be open for occupancy in September, 1970; and

WHEREAS, the Stanton School District has, in anticipation of presenting a new program of instruction in this new building, assigned certain of its personnel including a school principal to the study of the flexible staffing concept; and

WHEREAS, this special study has been conducted under a grant of funds awarded to the Stanton School District under federal Public Law 89-10, and thus a program for staff assignment is now prepared,

NOW, THEREFORE,

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

Section 1. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, Section 1709, by designating the existing paragraph of that section as Paragraph (a).

Section 2. Further amend Delaware Code, Title 14, Section 1709, by adding to that section a new Paragraph (b) as follows:

(b) The limitations of this Section, Paragraph (a), or any other restrictions of the Delaware Code, notwithstanding, the Stanton School District is authorized to establish a pilot program for experimentation and, upon approval by the State Board of Education, to assign staff personnel to the Linden Hill Elementary School in such a manner as to permit flexibility in the use of Division 1 State funds, particularly in relationship to the number and qualifications of professional and paraprofessional employees assigned to that school. In order that there be a basis for appropriation of State funds for salary purposes in the Linden Hill Elementary School, the funds allocated for salary purposes shall be equal to the average salary paid, from State funds in the remainder of the Stanton School District, times the certified number of units of children in the Linden Hill Elementary School. The provisions of this special pilot program shall extend from July 1, 1970, thus including the kindergarten enrollees of September, 1970, and continue through June 30, 1976; therefore, including these same children through the end of Grade Six of their school careers. The enactment of this Paragraph (b) shall not prevent the Stanton School District, with approval of the State Board of Education, from earlier discontinuance of the experimental program nor shall it prevent enactment of further statutes extending the Flexible Funding Model to other schools or school districts.

Approved July 1, 1970.