CHAPTER 357

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 568

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO PROVIDE A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADJUSTING THE FORMULA FOR REIMBURSEMENT TO THE SCHOOL BUS CONTRACTORS AND NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1974.

WHEREAS, the increasing costs of goods and services are seriously affecting the costs of transporting pupils to school; and

WHEREAS, the non-public schools and school bus contractors that operate buses are having to pay increasing costs for the purchase of new buses, for financing, for gas, oil, tires, maintenance and for storage, and are not now compensated for spare buses or the costa of vandalism; and

WHEREAS, the present transportation reimbursement formula used by the State Board of Education in calculating its request is based on estimates of costs prepared during the preceding year, as is the appropriation provided by the General Assembly in the budget for Fiscal Year 1974, and is now inadequate to meet current transportation costs.

NOW, THEREFORE,

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

Section 1. The sum of twenty-eight thousand two hundred dollars ($28,200.00) is hereby appropriated to the State Board of Education for the purpose of adjusting the following cost factors for the transportation of non-public students: bus allowance, allowance for financing, spare buses, allowance for vandalism, parking and storage, administrative allowance, and operating adjustment.

Section 2. The State Board of Education is authorized to make adjustments in the non-public school transportation formula by taking into account increases in the various cost factors referred to herein, and including allowances for the cost of spare buses and the cost of vandalism; provided, however, that the total costs of such adjustments cannot exceed the sum of twenty-eight thousand two hundred dollars ($28,200.00).

Section 3. The operating adjustment funds provided for by this Act shall also be applied to non-public school bus contracts not covered by the transportation formula.

Section 4. This Act shall be known as a supplementary appropriation act and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State from funds not otherwise appropriated.

Section 5. Any funds hereby appropriated which remain unexpended on June 30, 1974, shall revert to the General Fund of the State.

Approved June 11, 1974.