CHAPTER 735

FORMERLY

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 25

DIRECTING THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ABANDON AND/OR DISCONTINUE ANY RECOMMENDED AND/OR PROPOSED PLANS TO MERGE OR CONSOLIDATE APPOQUINIMINK SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH THE NEWARK SCHOOL DISTRICT.

WHEREAS, the sixth district proposal prepared by the staff of the State Board of Education pursuant to Federal District Court order recommends consolidation of Appoquinimink School District with the Newark School District in order to bring about a more equitable ethnic and racial distribution; and

WHEREAS, the academic year 1973 on which the sixth district proposal is based reflects that Appoquinimink School District had 650 black students enrolled or a percentage of 26.7; and

WHEREAS, during the academic year 1974 Appoquinimink School District had a black enrollment of 641 students or a percentage of 26.1; and

WHEREAS, merger between Appoquinimink School District and Newark School District would radically reduce the ethnic ratio of Appoquinimink thus jeopardizing the long and arduous hours of time spent in bringing about a harmonious relationship between the two races; and

WHEREAS, racial relations within the Appoquinimink School District are amicable and the constituents of the school district manifest overwhelming approval of the present setup.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the 128th

General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Governor concurring therein, that the State Board of Education is hereby directed to abandon and/or discontinue any recommendation and/or proposal which would merge or consolidate the Appoquinimink School District with the Newark School District.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be made a part of the Senate and House Journals and that a copy be forwarded to the State Board of Education.

Approved July 9, 1975