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HOUSE BILL NO. 1294

AN ACT MAKING A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADJUSTING THE FORMULA FOR REIMBURSEMENT TO THE SCHOOL BUS CONTRACTORS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1977.

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

WHEREAS, the school bus contractors and the school districts that operate buses are having to pay increasing costs for gas, oil, tires, maintenance; and WHEREAS, the present transportation reimbursement formula used by the State Board of Education in calculating its request is based on estimates of cost prepared during the preceding year, as is the appropriation provided by the General Assembly in the FY 1977 budget, 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 one hundred ninety-three thousand dollars ($193,000.00) is hereby appropriated to the State Board of Education for the purpose of adjusting the formula for reimbursement to school bus contractors and school districts that operate buses for the transportation of public school pupils.

Section 2. The State Board of Education is authorized to transfer uncommitted transportation funds remaining in local school budgets for the purpose of making adjustments in the transportation formula by taking into account increases in the cost factors referred to herein; provided, however, that the total costs of such adjustment do not exceed the sum of $253,000.00.

Section 3. 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 moneys not otherwise appropriated.

Section 4. Any funds hereby appropriated which remain unexpended on June 30, 1977, shall thereupon revert to the General Fund of the State Treasury.

Approved July 16, 1976