CHAPTER 49

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 114

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1 AND HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 13, TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR CONTRACTED SERVICES FOR CERTAIN THERAPISTS PROVIDED FOR ORTHOPEDICALLY HANDICAPPED AND SEVERELY MENTALLY RETARDED PUPILS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1321(e)(11) by adding to that subsection the followings

"A school district authorized to administer a special school for pupils who are severely mentally retarded may choose to employ personnel under the provisions of this subsection or may as an alternative choose to provide all or part of those therapy services through a contractual arrangement with a public or private agency. When providing services of therapist by contract, the dollar value of the contracts shall not exceed the authorized salary for a teacher holding the Master's Degree and having ten years of experience and employed for a period of ten months per year as provided for in §1305 of this Title, times the number of therapists authorized. Any school district wishing to we funds under the contractual option set forth in this section shall make application to the State Board of Education for that use."

Section 2. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1321(e)(12) by adding to that subsection the followings

"Occupational therapy may be provided through a contractual arrangement such as that authorized in subsection (e)(11)."

Section 3. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1321(e)13) by adding to that subsection the following:

"Speech therapy may be provided through a contractual arrangement such as that authorized in subsection (e)(11)."

Section 4. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, §1321(e) by adding a new paragraph to subparagraph (16) as follows:

"A school district authorized to administer a special school for pupils who are orthopedically handicapped may choose to employ personnel under the provisions of this subsection or may as an alternative choose to provide all or part of those therapy services through a contractual arrangement with a public or private agency. When providing services of a therapist or a team of three therapists as herein authorized by contracts, the dollar value of the contract shall not exceed the authorized salarly for a teacher holding the Master's Degree and having ten years of experience and employed for a period of ten months per year as provided for in 51305 of this Title, times the number of therapists authorized. Any school district wishing to use funds under the contractual option set forth In this section shall make application to the State Board of Education for that use."

Approved June 9, 1983.