BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1321 (e) (14) by deleting from that subsection the first main paragraph which begins with the words "therapists and special services/personnel" and ends with the words "9 units of deaf-blind children.", and by also deleting the present subparagraph a. and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
"(14) Specialist and Coordinator - Appropriate therapist and special services personnel or personal services for persons who are deaf-blind such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, audiological specialists, opthalmological specialists and orientation and mobility specialists for a period of twelve (12) months per year at the rate of 1/3 of a full time equivalent of any such specialist for each unit authorized for deaf-blind persons. Partial funding shall be provided for fractional parts of units.
a. Whenever the State Board of Education designates a particular school district to serve as the administrative agency for a statewide program for deaf-blind pupils that district may employ specialists as herein authorized to serve the entire statewide program. Specialists so employed shall be paid according to the salary authorized for teachers in §1305 of this Chapter. The school district authorized to employ such specialists and the coordinator may provide additional salary to such personnel according to the provisions of 51304 of this chapter and shall recover funds so expended from the school districts responsible for the day to day instruction of the deaf-blind persons according to the provisions of Chapter 6 of this title.
Section 2. Further amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1321 (e) (14) a. by adding to that subparagraph the following sentence:
"Salary authorized by §1304 of this chapter may be provided according to the provisions of Chapter 6 of this title."
Section 3. This Act shall become effective upon Governor's signature.