CHAPTER 652

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1

FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 321

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE REDUCTION OF THE NUMBER OF PUPILS COMPOSING A UNIT IN KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE ONE THROUGH GRADE SIX, AND PROVIDING A SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION TO PROVIDE FOR REALLOCATION TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO CARRY OUT THIS INTENTION.

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

Section 1. Amend Section 1703, Title 14, Delaware Code, by striking paragraph (a) of said section and inserting in lieu thereof the following paragraph:

"(a) As used in this chapter, 'unit' or 'unit of pupils' is defined according to this schedule of numbers of pupils for elementary schools:

Beginning

Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6

July 1, 1977

25

25

25

25

25

25

July 1, 1978

24

24

24

25

25

25

July 1, 1979

23

23

23

24

24

24

July 1, 1980

22

22

22

23

23

23

July 1, 1981

21

21

21

22

22

22

July 1, 1982

20

20

20

21

21

21

July 1, 1983

20

20

20

20

20

20

In grades seven through twelve the unit is defined as 20 pupils. A major fraction shall be considered a unit and shall be considered any fraction greater than one-half of the total number of pupils authorized per unit for a given year."

Section 2. Amend Section 1703(b), Title 14, Delaware Code, by adding new sentences to read as follows:

"Whenever more than one unit of pupils is authorized in a district in a given category, the first unit shall be a full unit. Only the last unit in any category may be a major fraction."

Section 3. Amend Section 1703 (c), Title 14, Delaware Code, by striking the first three sentences and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"In the case of kindergartens, 'unit' or 'unit of pupils' is defined according to this schedule:

Beginning July 1, 1977 - 48 pupils

Beginning July 1, 1978 - 46 pupils

Beginning July 1, 1979 - 42 pupils

Beginning July 1, 1980, and thereafter - 40 pupils

Kindergarten pupils may be enrolled for one-half school days in groups approximating one-half the unit authorized, thus providing that each 'unit' represents two instructional groups within the unit authorized. A major fraction shall be considered a unit and shall consist of any fraction greater than one-half of the unit authorized."

Section 4. Amend Section 1715, Title 14, Delaware Code, by striking the first three sentences and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"In the case of kindergartens, 'unit' or 'unit of pupils' is defined according to this schedule:

Beginning July 1, 1977 - 48 pupils

Beginning July 1, 1978 - 46 pupils

Beginning July 1, 1979 - 42 pupils

Beginning July 1, 1980, and thereafter - 40 pupils

Kindergarten pupils may be enrolled for one-half school days in groups approximating one-half the unit authorized, thus providing that each 'unit' represents two instructional groups within the unit authorized. A major fraction shall be considered a unit and shall consist of any

fraction greater than one-half of the unit authorized."

Approved July 29, 1976