HOUSE BILL NO. 481
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 29, TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE TO EXPAND THE GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES TO WHOM EXPIRING TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS SHALL BE OPEN TO AND TO PERMIT AND REGULATE THE TRANSFER OF TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Section 2908, Tittle 14 of the Delaware Code, by deleting said section in its entirety and substituting therefor the following section:
"§2908. Renewal of Transportation Contracts
(a) When a transportation contract is due to expire for a reason other than the fact that the bus described in said contract is of such vintage that it can no longer be used to transport pupils, a renewal of said contract shall be first offered to the school bus contractor who is party to the expiring contract. In the event that a contractor does not wish to renew the contract, said contract shall be opened to all other interested persons in that area by means of notice published in at least two (2) Delaware newspapers of general circulation. Local boards of education shall promulgate rules and regulations for selecting among those contractors who are ready, willing and able to assume the responsibilities of expiring contracts.
(b) If no parties can be found to assume the responsibilities of contracts expiring pursuant to this section, the department or agency responsible for the transportation of public school pupils shall furnish the transportation previously afforded under the expiring contract.
(c) A school transportation contract may be transferred from a contractor to another party provided that the local board of education approves of said transfer. Transfers of public school transportation contracts shall comply with procedures outlined by the State Board of Education. No contract shall be deemed effectively transferred until said transfer is approved by the State Board of Education."
Approved October 5, 1981.