General Appropriations Bill H. 3400 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997
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1 H63 - SECTION 19 - DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
3 1. (SDE: Agriculture Teachers) The funds appropriated for "Aid to School Districts - 12 Months Agriculture
4 Teachers" in Section XIII, shall be used to cover the additional cost to school districts of placing all vocational agriculture
5 teachers on twelve-month contracts.
6 2. (SDE: Appropriation Transfer Prohibition) The amounts appropriated herein for aid to subdivisions, allocations
7 to school districts, or special line items shall not be transferred and must be expended in accordance with the intent of the
9 3. (SDE: Attendance/Lunch Supervisors) The amounts appropriated in this section for Attendance Supervisors and
10 for County School Lunch Supervisors shall be used for the payment of salaries of one attendance supervisor and one lunch
11 supervisor for each county. In the absence of a County Board of Education or with the approval of the County Board of
12 Education in multi-district counties, the salary will be proportionately distributed among the districts of the county on the
13 basis of the 135 average daily membership of the prior year, provided that such funds must be used for the supervision of
14 the Attendance Program and the supervision of the School Food Service Program respectively. For the current fiscal year
15 the local supplement to salaries of county School Lunch Supervisors and School Attendance Supervisors shall not be
16 reduced below the supplements paid in the prior fiscal year.
17 4. (SDE: Child Development Centers) School districts which operate Social Services Block Grant Child Development
18 Centers shall be exempt from Department of Education rules and regulations concerning Child Development Centers during
19 the current fiscal year.
20 5. (SDE: Darlington Desegregation Lawsuit) Funds appropriated, pursuant to this act or any other act, to the
21 Department of Education for the purpose of effectuating a settlement of the Darlington Desegregation lawsuit brought
22 against the State of South Carolina or any of its political subdivisions may not be transferred or expended for any purpose
23 other than the lawsuit for which the funds were appropriated. Unexpended funds may be carried forward from the prior
24 fiscal year to be expended for the same purposes in the current fiscal year.
25 6. (SDE: DHEC - Comprehensive Health Assessment) Of the funds appropriated to the Department of Education-
26 Administration, $94,658 must be transferred to DHEC to provide comprehensive health assessments for children entering
27 first grade in school districts having more than fifty percent of the students qualifying for free and reduced price lunches.
28 All school districts shall participate, to the fullest extent possible, in the Medicaid program by seeking appropriate
29 reimbursement for services and administration of health and social services. Reimbursements to the school districts shall
30 not be used to supplant funds currently being spent on health and social services. DHEC shall coordinate with the State
31 Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services in submission of a report to the Senate
32 Education Committee and House Education and Public Works Committee on the effectiveness of health and social programs
33 in identifying and improving children's health status and the need for follow-up and/or additional services.
34 7. (SDE: EFA Formula/Base Student Cost Inflation Factor) To the extent possible within available funds, it is the
35 intent of the General Assembly to provide for 100 percent of full implementation of the Education Finance Act to include
36 an inflation factor projected by the Division of Budget and Analyses to match inflation wages of public school employees
37 in the Southeast. The base student cost for FY 1996-97 1997-98 has been determined to be $1,760 $1,839 which includes
38 a 4.5% inflation factor.
39 Any unallocated Education Finance Act funds at the end of the current fiscal year must be allocated to the school districts
40 for school building aid on a non-matching basis on the same basis that districts receive Education Finance Act allocations.
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1 8. (SDE: EFA - Formula) The amount appropriated in Part IA, Section 19 for "Education Finance Act" shall be the
2 maximum paid under the provisions of Act 163 of 1977 (the South Carolina Education Finance Act of 1977) to the aggregate
3 of all recipients. The South Carolina Education Department shall develop formulas to determine the State and required local
4 funding as stipulated in the South Carolina Education Finance Act of 1977. Such formulas shall require the approval of the
5 State Board of Education and the Budget and Control Board. After computing the EFA allocations for all districts, the
6 Department shall determine whether any districts' minimum required local revenue exceeds the districts' total EFA
7 Foundation Program. When such instance is found, the Department shall adjust the index of taxpaying ability to reflect a
8 local effort equal to the cost of the districts' EFA Foundation Program. The districts' weighted pupil units are to be included
9 in determination of the funds needed for implementation of the Education Finance Act statewide.
10 In the event that the formulas as devised by the Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Education
11 and the Budget and Control Board should provide for distribution to the various school districts totaling more than the
12 amount appropriated for such purposes, subject to the provisions of this proviso, the Department of Education shall reduce
13 each school district entitlement by an equal amount per weighted pupil so as to bring the total disbursements into conformity
14 with the total funds appropriated for this purpose. If a reduction is required in the State's contribution, the required local
15 funding shall be reduced by the proportionate share of local funds per weighted pupil unit. The Department of Education
16 shall continually monitor the distribution of funds under the provisions of the Education Finance Act and shall make periodic
17 adjustments to disbursements to insure that the aggregate of such disbursements do not exceed the appropriated funds.
18 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, local districts shall not be mandated or required to inflate the base number
19 in their respective salary schedules by any percentage greater than the percentage by which the appropriated base student
20 cost exceeds the appropriated base student cost of the prior fiscal year.
21 9. (SDE: Employer Contributions/Allocations) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the appropriation
22 contained herein for "Public School Employee Benefits" shall not be utilized to provide employer contributions for any
23 portion of a school district employee's salary which is federally funded.
24 State funds allocated for school district employer contributions must be allocated by the formula and must be used first
25 by each district to cover the cost of fringe benefits for personnel required by the Defined Minimum Program, food service
26 personnel and other personnel required by law. Once a district has expended all state allocated funds for fringe benefits,
27 the district may utilize food service revenues to fund a proportionate share of fringe benefits costs for food service personnel.
28 The Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Corrections' school districts must be allocated funds under
29 the fringe benefits program in accordance with criteria established for all school districts.
30 10. (SDE: Employer Contributions/Obligations) In order to finalize each school district's allocations of Employer
31 Contributions funds for retiree insurance from the prior fiscal year, the Department of Education is authorized to adjust a
32 school district's allocation in the current fiscal year accordingly to reflect actual payroll and payments to the Retirement
33 System from the prior fiscal year. In the event the Department of Education is notified that an Educational Subdivision has
34 failed to remit proper payments to cover Employee Fringe Benefit obligations, the Department of Education is directed to
35 withhold the Educational Subdivision's state funds until such obligations are met.
36 11. (SDE: Fees - Incidental & Matriculation) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board of trustees of any
37 school district which does not have the authority by any special act of the General Assembly to charge the cost of
38 educational materials and supplies is authorized to charge a fee to offset the cost of education materials and supplies. The
39 board of trustees of each school district which charges such fees is directed to develop rules and regulations for such fees
40 which take into account the students' ability to pay and to hold the fee to a minimum reasonable amount. Fees may not be
41 charged to students eligible for free lunch and must be pro rata for students eligible for reduced price lunches, if the parents
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1 or guardians of these students so request.
2 12. (SDE: Governor's School for Science & Math) Any unexpended balance on June 30, of the prior fiscal year of funds
3 appropriated to or generated by the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics may be carried forward and expended
4 in the current fiscal year pursuant to the direction of the Board of Trustees of the School. Of the general fund appropriation
5 to the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, $30,000 must be used to provide for library and facilities
6 improvements at Coker College that will be of benefit both to the College and the School.
7 13. (SDE: Handicapped/Educational Responsibility) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the responsibility
8 for providing a free and appropriate public education program for all children including handicapped students is vested in
9 the public school district wherein a child of lawful school age resides in a foster home, group home, orphanage, or a state
10 operated health care facility including a facility for treatment of mental illness or chemical dependence located within the
11 jurisdiction of the school district. The districts concerned may agree upon acceptable local cost reimbursement. If no
12 agreement is reached, districts providing education shall receive from the district where the child last resided before
13 placement in a facility an additional amount equivalent to the statewide average of the local base student cost multiplied by
14 the appropriate pupil weighting as set forth in Section 59-20-40 of the Education Finance Act. If a child from out-of-state
15 is being resided in a facility owned and/or operated by a for profit entity, the district providing educational services shall
16 be reimbursed by the for profit entity the local district's local support per weighted pupil above the statewide average base
17 student cost multiplied by the appropriate pupil weighting as set forth in Section 59-20-40 of the Education Finance Act.
18 School districts providing the education shall notify the non-resident district in writing within 45 calendar days that a student
19 from the non-resident district is receiving education services pursuant to the provisions of the proviso. The notice shall also
20 contain the student's name, date of birth, and handicapping condition if available. If appropriate financial arrangements
21 cannot be effected between institutions of the state and school districts, institutions receiving educational appropriations shall
22 pay the local base student cost multiplied by the appropriate pupil weighting. Children residing in institutions of state
23 agencies shall be educated with non-disabled children in the public school districts if appropriate to their educational needs.
24 Such institutions shall determine, on an individual basis, which children residing in the institution might be eligible to
25 receive appropriate educational services in a public school setting. Once these children are identified, the institution shall
26 convene an IEP meeting with officials of the public school district in which the institution is located. If it is determined by
27 the committee that the least restrictive environment in which to implement the child's IEP is a public school setting, then
28 the school district in which the institution is located must provide the educational services. However, that school district
29 may enter into contractual agreements with any other school district having schools located within a 45 mile radius of the
30 institution. The cost for educating such children shall be allocated in the following manner: the school district where the
31 child last resided before being placed in an institution shall pay to the school district providing the educational services an
32 amount equivalent to the statewide average of the local base student cost multiplied by the appropriate pupil weighting as
33 set forth in Section 59-20-40 of the Education Finance Act; the school district providing the educational services shall be
34 able to count the child for all funding sources, both state and federal. The institution and school district, through contractual
35 agreements, will address the special education and related services to be provided to students. Should the school district
36 wherein the institution is located determine that the child cannot be appropriately served in a public school setting, then the
37 institution may request a due process hearing pursuant to the procedures provided for in the Individuals with Disabilities
38 Education Act.
39 14. (SDE: Handicapped/Preschool Children) The State funding for free appropriate public education provided for the
40 three and four year old disabled children served under Act 86 of 1993 shall be distributed based on the district's index of
41 taxpaying ability as defined in Section 59-20-20(3). Five-year-old disabled children shall continue to be funded under the
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1 Education Finance Act of 1977.
2 15. (SDE: Instruction in Juvenile Detention Centers) It shall be the responsibility of the School District where a local
3 Juvenile Detention Center is located to provide adequate teaching staff and to ensure compliance with the educational
4 requirements of this state. Students housed in local detention centers are to be included in the average daily membership
5 count of students for that district and reimbursement by the Department of Education made accordingly.
6 16. (SDE: Non-Recurring: School-Library Resource Materials) Of the funds appropriated for school library resource
7 materials, $1,000 shall be distributed to each school district with remaining funds distributed on a per pupil basis.
8 17. (SDE: Public School Employee Cost Savings Program) The State Department of Education, with resources
9 appropriated in Section 19, shall implement the Public School Employee Cost Savings Program as authorized in Section
10 59-1-452 for the purpose of making cash awards to individual school district employees for cost savings ideas which are
11 proven to be workable.
12 18. (SDE: Revenue Authorization) The State Department of Education is hereby authorized to collect, expend, and
13 carry forward revenues in the following areas to offset the cost of providing such services: the sale of publications,
14 brochures, photo copies, listings and labels, Directory of South Carolina Schools, student health record cards, items to be
15 recycled, and high school diplomas and certificates; the collection of out-of-state and in-state investigation fees, registration
16 fees for non-SDE employees, recurring facility inspection fees, teacher certification fees; the handling of audio-visual film;
17 the provision of contract computer services to school districts and other state agencies, joint broadcast service to school
18 districts, and education-related statistics through agreement with the National Center for Education Statistics; the lease or
19 sale of programs of television, audio or microcomputer software; the collection of damage fees for instructional materials
20 and the sale of unusable instructional materials; sale of fuel; the use and repair of transportation equipment; the receipt of
21 insurance and warranty payments on Department of Education equipmentand the sale of used school buses and support
22 equipment. The Department of Education is authorized to collect revenue for deposit into the State General Fund for testing
23 material purchases and test rescoring fees.
24 19. (SDE: School District Bank Accounts) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, each school district in this
25 State, upon the approval of the district's governing body, may maintain its own bank account for the purpose of making
26 disbursement of school district funds as necessary to conduct school district business and each county treasurer is hereby
27 authorized to transfer such amount as needed, upon receipt of a written order certified by the district governing body or their
28 designee. Such order shall contain a statement that such amount is for immediate disbursement for the payment of correct
29 and legal obligation of the school district.
30 20. (SDE: School Lunch Program Aid) The amount appropriated herein for School Lunch Program Aid shall be divided
31 among the County Boards of Education of the State upon the basis of the number of schools participating in the School
32 Lunch Program in each county during the prior school year. The travel expenses of the County School Lunch Supervisor
33 shall be paid from this appropriation at the prevailing rate of mileage allowed by the State. These funds may be used as an
34 aid in improving the School Lunch Program. These funds may not be used to supplement the salaries of school lunch
35 supervisors. In the absence of a County Board of Education in multi-district counties, the funds will be divided among the
36 school districts of the county on the basis of the number of schools participating in the School Lunch Program in each
37 district during the prior school year.
38 21. (SDE: Teacher Classification/Other Agencies) Employees in teaching positions in schools operated by the
39 Department of Juvenile Justice, the S. C. Department of Corrections and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the
40 Blind shall be exempt from classification by the Division of Budget and Analyses during the current fiscal year. Employees
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1 in teaching positions in schools operated by John De La Howe and Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, at the discretion of
2 the agency, are exempt from classification by the Office of Human Resources.
3 22. (SDE: Teachers/Temporary & Emergency Certificates) Of the funds provided for teacher salaries funds may be
4 used to pay salaries for those teachers holding temporary or emergency certificates which shall remain valid for the current
5 school year if the local board of education so requests. The State Department of Education shall submit to the General
6 Assembly by March 1, of the current fiscal year, a report showing by district the number of emergency certificates by
7 category; including an enumeration of the certificates carried forward from the previous year. No temporary or emergency
8 certificate shall be continued more than twice.
9 23. (SDE: Testing/Continuous Assessment) Of the funds appropriated under Section III, Division of Policy, the
10 Department of Education is authorized to use funds currently allocated for testing in grades 1, 2 and 6, for a final year, to
11 pilot-test and field-test a continuous assessment system for Kindergarten through grade 3 and for piloting new items for the
12 state assessment system. Plans for the statewide implementation of a continuous assessment system in Kindergarten through
13 grade three and for the new items for the assessment system must be reported to the Senate Education and House Education
14 Committees no later than December 1, 1996.
15 Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for the 1996-97 school year the basic skills assessment tests may be
16 administered in grades 1 and 2; and only the Basic Skills science and writing tests will be administered in grade 6; all other
17 Basic Skills tests will continue to be administered in the established grades.
18 24. (SDE: Student Performance System) Of the funds appropriated for the Basic Skills Assessment Program, not more
19 than $250,000 may be used to expand the Twelve Schools Project to include a total of 36 sites and for regional professional
20 development training for other schools based on the Twelve Schools Project. The 36 sites will work with the State
21 Department of Education and the SC Curriculum Congress to develop multi-tiered assessments to be aligned with curriculum
22 frameworks as a basis for a revised student performance system. As part of the revised student performance system,
23 alternate criteria for determining the placement and promotion of students shall be developed and implemented. Schools
24 participating in this project shall be excused from participation in the state mandated testing programs, except for the exit
25 exam, and shall be considered in compliance with the programs provided for in SC Code Sections 59-5-65, 59-18-10, 59-18-
26 11, 59-18-15, 59-18-30, and 59-21-800 with no effect on deregulation status.
27 25. (SDE: Transportation/Demonstration Sites) The Department of Education may designate the Charleston, Beaufort
28 and/or Jasper County School Districts as demonstration sites for privatization of student transportation services and for the
29 coordination of community based public transportation services. Funding for these pilot sites shall not exceed that presently
30 utilized to support school transportation in the site(s). Appropriated funds for school bus maintenance, gas, drivers and
31 fringe benefits are to be used for this project.
32 26. (SDE: Travel/Outside of Continental U.S.) School District allocations from General Funds and EIA funds shall not
33 be used for travel outside of the continental United States.
34 27. (SDE: Year End Closeout) The State Department of Education is authorized to expend Federal and Earmarked
35 Funds (not including State or EIA Funds) in the current fiscal year for expenditures incurred in the prior year. The
36 Department is also authorized to use appropriated funds to pay for textbooks shipped in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal
38 28. (SDE: Transportation Collaboration) The Department of Education School Bus Maintenance Shops shall be
39 permitted, on a cost reimbursable-plus basis, to deliver transportation maintenance and services to vehicles owned or
40 operated by public agencies in South Carolina.
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1 School Buses operated by school districts or head start agencies for the purpose of transporting students for school or
2 school related activities shall not be subject to State Motor Fuel taxes. Further, that school districts or head start agencies
3 may purchase this fuel, on a cost reimbursable-plus basis, from the Department of Education School Bus Maintenance
5 29. (SDE: Greenville Joint Use Transportation Facility Study) The Department of Education, in consultation with the
6 Budget and Control Board and the Department of Transportation is directed to proceed with a study to determine the
7 feasibility of operating a joint-use maintenance and operations facility in Greenville County. The study should address, but
8 not be limited to, the market value of the property known as the Greenville School Bus Maintenance Shop, the cost of the
9 new facility, the cost of preparing the old facility for disposal and all other associated relocation expenses. Service needs
10 of the Greenville School District Bus Operations, SDE School Bus Maintenance, the Division of General Service/Motor
11 Vehicle Management Office, and the Department of Transportation should also be addressed. The findings of the study shall
12 be provided to the Budget and Control Board - Division of Operations for review and inclusion in their study of the most
13 efficient means of providing school transportation services.
14 30. (SDE: Kindergarten - Extended Day) Funds appropriated for the extended day portion of the five-year-old
15 kindergarten program shall be allocated at the EFA weight for half-day kindergarten students. Funding to local districts for
16 the extended-day portion of the kindergarten program shall be the number of students eligible for the federal free and
17 reduced lunch program. Local match is required for the extended-day portion of the funding. Local board of trustees shall
18 establish policies regarding priority of service in the extended-day program. However, unobligated funds which become
19 available during the fiscal year will be redistributed to fund additional eligible children served in the program on a prorated
21 31. (SDE: Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching--ADEPT) Funds appropriated in Part IA,
22 Section 19XIII.A-Aid to School Districts-Act 187, may be used for the implementation of the ADEPT or APT system. Of the
23 funds appropriated, $115,000 may be used to pay colleges and universities for APT services. The remaining funds will be
24 used to reimburse school districts for the cost of implementing the ADEPT program.
25 32. (SDE: National Board Certification Incentive) The funds appropriated in Section 19X. for National Board
26 Certification Incentive shall be used for reimbursement of the certification fee and a one-time bonus to those teachers who
27 successfully complete the certification process. Teachers who have become certified by the National Board for Professional
28 Teaching Standards prior to June 30, 1998, and under contract to teach in South Carolina through 1998-99, are eligible
29 to receive the reimbursement and one-time bonus.
30 33. (SDE: 95-96 EFA Reimbursement) Funds are appropriated in Part IA, Section 19XIII.A. (95-96 EFA
31 Reimbursement) for the actual Weighted Pupil count above that projected for FY 95-96. These funds shall be distributed
32 to school districts based on the actual FY 95-96 Weighted Pupil count.
33 34. (SDE: Alternative School Programs) The Department of Education shall proceed with a study of Alternative School
34 Programs currently in place in South Carolina and across the nation. The study should address, but is not limited to,
35 curriculum requirements, facility needs, staffing and per pupil costs of successful Alternative School Programs. Findings
36 and recommendations for both urban and rural school areas shall be provided to the General Assembly by December 1,
38 35. (SDE: NTE Waiver) For individuals with work experience and content area degree, but who lack South Carolina
39 teaching credentials, local school boards are authorized to waive, for an individual for one year only, the completion of
40 the NTE (Praxis II) subject area exam and pre-service institute required under the State Board of Education's Critical Need
41 Teacher Certification Program. The teachers for whom this waiver is granted shall be entitled to compensation under the
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1 school district's teacher salary schedule based on degree and years experience as a teacher. No school board may grant
2 this waiver to an individual more than one time.
4 H63 - SECTION 19A - DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - EIA
6 1. (SDE-EIA: Local Financial Support) There shall be no required local match for Education Improvement Act funds
7 appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X. This shall not impact or alter the requirements of §59-21-1030, level of financial
8 effort per pupil required of each school district; application for waiver. The inflationary increase required for local financial
9 effort as defined in Section 59-21-1030 for FY 1996-97 1997-98 is 3.5 3.2%.
10 2. (SDE-EIA: Prohibition on Appropriation Transfers) The amounts appropriated herein for aid to subdivisions or
11 allocations to school districts shall not be transferred or reduced and must be expended in accordance with the intent of the
13 3. (SDE-EIA: Revenue Shortfall) A minimum of one-half of one percent of the total estimated EIA revenue must be
14 appropriated for School Building Aid. In the event that an official EIA revenue shortfall is declared, the appropriation for
15 EIA School Building Aid shall be reduced by the amount necessary to offset the shortfall. Should EIA School Building Aid
16 not be sufficient, each remaining EIA program shall be reduced on a pro rata basis as necessary to compensate for the total
17 revenue shortfall. Funds appropriated for EIA teacher salaries and related fringe benefits in Part IA, Section 19X.C.1. are
18 exempt from such reduction.
19 4. (SDE-EIA: XF-School Building Aid Allocation) All funds appropriated to the Department of Education for the
20 support and/or administration of an EIA program, initiative, or project eliminated or no longer active shall be transferred
21 to the school building fund for allocation to the local school districts. Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.F. School
22 Building Aid shall be transferred to a special trust fund established by the Comptroller General. Funds appropriated shall
23 be distributed to the school districts of the State for use in accordance with Section 59-21-350 of the Code of Laws of 1976.
24 Funds shall be allocated to eligible school districts on a per pupil basis, with the amount allocated per pupil for grades 1
25 through 12 and full day kindergarten being twice that of the half-day kindergarten per pupil allocation. The allocation must
26 be based on the 135 day count of average daily membership for the second preceding fiscal year, except that full day
27 kindergarten will be based on the prior fiscal year.
28 5. (SDE-EIA: XA-Adult Education/Literacy) From the EIA funds provided in Part IA, Section 19X.A. for adult
29 education, $150,000 must be used to provide for ten pilot projects for rural literacy development. In addition, each county
30 shall receive $50,000 for use by the school districts for adult literacy for service delivery to adult-nonreaders and those
31 reading at or below the eighth grade level. The school districts may provide this service or may contract to have this service
32 provided. In multi-district counties, the districts must agree on the method of service delivery for the entire county and
33 select one district to serve as the fiscal agent.
34 6. (SDE-EIA: XA-Advanced Placement) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.A. for Advanced
35 Placement, no more than $500,000 must be made available on a flat rate per class basis to schools offering "singleton"
36 Advanced Placement classes with a student/teacher ratio equal to or less than ten to one. The State Board of Education shall
37 develop guidelines for the distribution of these "singleton" funds. The remaining AP funds must be distributed to the school
38 districts of the state based upon the 135 day count of AP students served. AP funds may be used to defray the testing costs
39 of the International Baccalaureate Program which are incurred by school districts at the same per-test reimbursement rate
40 provided for Advanced Placement examinations.
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1 7. (SDE-EIA: XA-Distribution) The money appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X. Education Improvement Program,
2 A. Raise Academic Standards-Credits HS Diploma shall be distributed to the school districts of the state based upon the 135
3 day count of Average Daily Membership.
4 8. (SDE-EIA: XA-Gifted & Talented) Notwithstanding the provisions for Section 59-29-170, ten percent (10%) of
5 the total state dollars appropriated annually for gifted and talented programs shall be set aside for serving artistically gifted
6 and talented students in grades 3-12. The State Department of Education shall allocate to districts a proportionate share of
7 the ten percent (10%) based on the preceding year's total average daily membership in grades 3-12. School districts shall
8 service students identified as artistically gifted and talented in one or more of the following visual and performing arts areas:
9 dance, drama, music and visual arts areas. Districts may utilize their proportionate share of the ten percent (10%) for the
10 purpose of contracting with other entities to provide services to students identified as artistically gifted and talented if
11 personnel or facilities are not available in the school district for that service. The remaining ninety percent (90%) of the state
12 dollars appropriated for gifted and talented programs shall be expended in accordance with Section 59-29-170. Each district
13 receiving funds for the gifted and talented program shall include an accelerated component as a part of its academically
14 gifted and talented program. EIA-Gifted and Talented funds may be carried forward and expended for the same purpose
15 in the current fiscal year.
16 9. (SDE-EIA: XA-Gifted & Talented/CHE 8th Grade Advisement) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section
17 19X.A. Gifted and Talented, $402,250 shall be used by the Commission on Higher Education to be expended on the eighth
18 grade advisement program. The Commission on Higher Education must provide a report on the effectiveness of the
19 advisement program to the Select Committee by October 1.
20 10. (SDE-EIA: XA-Gifted & Talented/Governor's School for Arts) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section
21 19X.A. for Gifted and Talented Program, $135,000 must be provided to the Governor's School for the Arts for training
22 teachers, administrators and supervisory personnel to work effectively in the identification, program development and
23 evaluation of artistically talented students and for the Outreach Program. The Governor's School for the Arts shall report
24 to the Select Committee on the effectiveness of the training and Outreach programs annually by October 1.
25 11. (SDE-EIA: XA-Gifted & Talented/Jr. Academy of Science) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.A.
26 Gifted & Talented, $5,000 must be provided to the Junior Academy of Science. The Department of Education must provide
27 a report on the effectiveness of the Academy to the EIA Select Committee by October 1.
28 12. (SDE-EIA: XA-Handicapped Student Services) The money appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.A. for
29 Handicapped Student Services shall be used only for educational services for trainable mentally handicapped pupils and
30 profoundly mentally handicapped pupils.
31 13. (SDE-EIA: XA-Junior Scholars) The State Board of Education, through the Department of Education, must provide
32 a report on the effectiveness of the Junior Scholars programs as appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.A. to the EIA Select
33 Committee by October 1.
34 14. (SDE-EIA: XB-Academic Assistance/Carry Forward) Any unexpended balance from the prior fiscal year in the
35 EIA appropriations in Part IA, Section 19X.B. for Academic Assistance may be carried forward to the current fiscal year
36 by school districts to be expended to operate programs in accordance with their Academic Assistance long range plans.
37 15. (SDE-EIA: XB-Academic Assistance/Curriculum Development) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.B.
38 for Act 135 of 1993 Other Operating must be used by the Department of Education to provide schools and school districts
39 with technical assistance on curriculum development, including implementing the Curriculum Frameworks, and instructional
40 improvement in keeping with the intent of Act 135 of 1993 (59-139-05 and 59-139-10 of the SC Code of Laws) as provided
41 in regulations promulgated by the State Board of Education.
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1 16. (SDE-EIA: XB-Academic Assistance/Early Child Development) A portion of the funds appropriated in Part IA,
2 Section 19X.B. for Academic Assistance 4-12 may be used to support components for the K-3 academic assistance if such
3 change promotes better coordination of state and federal funds provided for programs for these students. Districts requesting
4 this waiver from the State Board of Education must demonstrate how the use of these funds is in keeping with their long
5 range plan and how the needs of the students in grades 4-12 will be met.
6 17. (SDE-EIA: XB-Academic Assistance/Formula Funding & Distribution) Notwithstanding any other provision of
7 law, the total funding in Part IA, Section 19X.B. for the 4-12 Academic Assistance component of Act 135 of 1993 shall be
8 based on a derived free and reduced lunch eligibility count for grades 4-12 obtained by applying the state percentage of K-3
9 students eligible for free and reduced lunch to the 4-12 average daily membership; and funding for individual districts shall
10 be based on two equally weighted factors; the district's derived lunch percentage for grades 4-12 and its four year average
11 for the number of 4-12 students "not meeting" standard on the state's testing programs for the years 1990-1993.
12 18. (SDE-EIA: XB-Academic Assistance/Reading Recovery) Of the EIA funds appropriated herein for the Academic
13 Assistance Act 135, $600,000 $800,000 shall be used for the Reading Recovery programs throughout the State. The State
14 Department of Education shall report to the EIA Select Committee on the allocation and expenditure of these funds by
15 October 1.
16 19. (SDE-EIA: XB-Academic Assistance/Remedial Adult Education) Of funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.B.
17 for Academic Assistance an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 must be used for adult education students scoring below the
18 BSAP standard on any portion of the exit examination at a weight of .114 of the base student cost as defined in the
19 Education Finance Act.
20 20. (SDE-EIA: XB - Half Day Program for Four-Year-Olds) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.B. for half-day
21 programs for four-year-olds shall be based on the previous three years' average for students tested as "not ready" on the
22 CSAB, however, no district shall receive less than 90 percent of the amount it received in the prior fiscal year. Districts
23 previously funded through General Fund Day Care shall receive funding from Part IA, Section 19X.B. for half-day programs
24 for four-year-olds at no less than 90 percent of the amount received in the prior fiscal year.
25 21. (SDE-EIA: XC-Black History) Funds provided for the development of the Black History curricula may be carried
26 forward into the current fiscal year to be expended for the same purpose.
27 22. (SDE-EIA: XC-Critical Teacher Needs) Funds appropriated for EIA-Critical Teacher needs must be used for
28 courses which support instructional techniques and strategies in keeping with the intent of Act 135 of 1993, the Middle
29 Schools Project, the Preparation for Technologies Program, Curriculum Frameworks, or need established in the school and
30 district long range plans. These funds may be used for courses which support the education of students with disabilities or
31 special needs in the regular classroom. School districts may require and collect a deposit from teachers enrolling in critical
32 teaching needs courses. Upon completion of the course any deposit collected shall be returned to the teacher having made
33 the deposit.
34 23. (SDE-EIA: XC-Critical Teaching Needs/Roper Mountain) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19 X.C.
35 for Critical Teaching Needs, $200,000 $250,000 shall be disbursed to the Roper Mountain Science Center for summer
36 workshops for public school science teachers. Funds disbursed to the Roper Mountain Science Center may be carried
38 24. (SDE/EIA: XC-School Technology) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19 X.C. for school technology shall
39 be distributed to each school district based on a ratio of district free and reduced lunches for first through third grades to the
40 state total free and reduced lunches for first through third grades.
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1 25. (SDE-EIA: XC-Teacher Evaluations, XH-Implementation/EIA Select) The State Department of Education, with
2 the cooperation of the school districts and teacher education institutions, must, subject to the approval of the State Board
3 of Education, revise the system for assisting, developing, and evaluating student provisional, annual and continuing contract
4 teachers. The Department of Education is authorized to expend funds provided in Part IA, Section 19 X.C. for the Teacher
5 Evaluation System toward the revision of the evaluation system. The Department of Education shall provide a report on
6 its progress in revising the system, to include recommendations to date and a state and local fiscal impact statement, to the
7 EIA Select Committee by September 30 of the current year.
8 26. (SDE-EIA: XC-Teacher Salaries/SE Average) The projected Southeastern average teacher salary shall be the
9 average of the average teachers salaries of the southeastern states as projected by the Division of Budget and Analyses. For
10 the current school year the projected Southeastern average teacher salary is projected to be $32,668 $33,547. It is the intent
11 of the General Assembly to fully fund or exceed the Southeastern average teacher salary as projected.
12 Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.C. for Teacher Salaries must be used to increase salaries of those teachers
13 eligible pursuant to § 59-20-50 (b), to include classroom teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, psychologists, social
14 workers, occupational and physical therapists, school nurses, orientation/mobility instructors and audiologists in the school
15 districts of the state.
16 27. (SDE-EIA: XC-Teacher Salaries/State Agencies) Each state agency which does not contain a school district but
17 has instructional personnel shall receive an allocation from the line item " Alloc. EIA - TEACHER/OTHER PAY" in Part
18 IA, Section 19X.K. for teachers salaries based on the following formula: Each state agency shall receive such funds as are
19 necessary to adjust the pay of all instructional personnel to the appropriate salary provided by the salary schedules of the
20 school district in which the agency is located. Instructional personnel may include all positions which would be eligible
21 for EIA supplements in a public school district, and may at the discretion of the state agency, be defined to cover curriculum
22 development specialists, educational testing psychologists, psychological and guidance counselors, and principals.
23 The funds appropriated herein in the line item " Alloc.EIA - Teacher/Other Pay" must be distributed to the agencies by
24 the Budget and Control Board.
25 28. (SDE-EIA: XC-Tech Prep) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.C. for the Tech Prep Program,
26 $75,000 shall be used by the State Department of Education, through the Tech Prep Consortia, to provide for professional
27 development in applied techniques and integration of curriculum, and professional development in career guidance for
28 teachers and guidance counselors and training mentors. In addition, $500,000 shall be allocated for Career Counseling
29 Specialists in the Tech Prep Consortia. Of the funds appropriated in the prior fiscal year, unexpended funds may be carried
30 forward to the current fiscal year and expended for the same purposes.
31 29. (SDE-EIA: XD-Principal Salary Supplements) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.D. for salary
32 supplements for principals and accompanying employer contributions must be distributed to school districts based on
33 average daily membership (ADM). Each school district shall distribute the funds as salary supplements in addition to
34 existing compensation equally among principals and assistant principals employed by the district.
35 30. (SDE-EIA: XE-School Incentive Grants) Funds appropriated for EIA School Incentive Grants in the previous fiscal
36 year may be carried forward and expended during the current fiscal year by the school districts that earned School Incentive
37 Awards during the prior fiscal year.
38 31. (SDE-EIA: XF-School Building Aid) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.F. School Building Aid shall
39 be transferred to a special trust fund established by the Comptroller General. Funds appropriated shall be distributed to the
40 school districts of the State for use in accordance with Section 59-21-350 of the Code of Laws of 1976.
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1 32. (SDE-EIA: XF-School Building Aid Allocation) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.F. for School Building
2 Aid shall be allocated to eligible school districts on a per pupil basis, with the amount allocated per pupil for grades 1
3 through 12 being twice that of the kindergarten per pupil allocation. The allocation must be based on the 135 day count of
4 average daily membership for the second preceding fiscal year.
5 33. (SDE-EIA: XG-Impaired School Districts) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.G. for Impaired School
6 Districts, shall be used to provide grants to assist school districts in correcting education deficiencies as identified through
7 the application of criteria adopted by the State Board of Education for evaluating the quality of education in school districts.
8 First priority for this funding shall be an allocation of funds to those school districts whose education deficiencies led to the
9 designation of "In Greatest Need of Technical Assistance". Provided that the needs of such designated school districts have
10 been met, any remaining or unallocated current year funds may be used to assist other school districts whose education
11 deficiencies led to the lesser designation of "In Need of Technical Assistance". In all cases, no portion of the allocated funds
12 may be used by the school district for administration purposes. Funds appropriated for Impaired School Districts/In Need
13 of Technical Assistance and allocated to the school districts in the prior fiscal year may be retained and expended by the
14 school districts for the same purpose during the current year.
15 34. (SDE-EIA: XH-Evaluation/EIA Programs) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.H. for EIA
16 Implementation, Other Operating Expenses, $349,124 may only be used by the State Department of Education to support
17 its contracted program evaluations and the conduct of the State Board of Education's annual assessment of EIA-funded
18 education reforms and the related report, pursuant to Section 59-6-12. The remaining $250,000 appropriated in Part IA,
19 Section 19X.H. for EIA Implementation, Other Operating Expenses shall be used to support the continuation of program
20 and policy evaluations and studies and to support the state's participation in the Middle Grades Project, Professional
21 Development Schools for prospective teachers.
22 35. (SDE-EIA: XK-CHE/Teacher Recruitment) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.K. for the Teacher
23 Recruitment Program, the S. C. Commission on Higher Education shall distribute a total of $967,686 $1,065,408 to the S.C.
24 Center for Teacher Recruitment for a state teacher recruitment program, of which $200,000 must be used for specific
25 programs to recruit minority teachers, and shall distribute $206,000 to Benedict College and $236,000 $261,000 to S.C.
26 State University to be used only for the operation of a minority teacher recruitment program and therefore shall not be used
27 for the operation of their established general education programs. The S.C. Commission on Higher Education shall ensure
28 that all funds are used to promote teacher recruitment on a statewide basis, shall ensure the continued coordination of efforts
29 among the three teacher recruitment projects, shall review the use of funds and shall have prior program and budget
30 approval. The S. C. State University program, in consultation with the Commission on Higher Education, shall extend
31 beyond the geographic area it currently serves. Annually, the Commission on Higher Education shall evaluate the
32 effectiveness of each of the teacher recruitment projects and shall report its findings and its program and budget
33 recommendations to the House and Senate Education Committees and the Education Improvement Act Select Committee
34 by December 1.
35 36. (SDE-EIA: XK-DAODAS/DARE) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.K. Other State Agencies and
36 Entities for the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, $150,000 must be transferred to the State Law
37 Enforcement Division for the operation of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and for the training of DARE
38 officers in the fifth grade classes of public schools in the state, and $25,000 shall be used by the Department of Alcohol and
39 Other Drug Abuse Services to provide matching funds for local governments and school districts for the DARE program.
40 A report on the effectiveness of the DARE program must be provided by the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
41 Services to the EIA Select Committee by October 1.
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1 37. (SDE-EIA: XK-Disbursements/Other Entities) Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 2-7-66 and 11-3-50, S.C.
2 Code of Laws, it is the intent of the General Assembly that funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.K. Other State
3 Agencies and Entities shall be disbursed on a quarterly basis by the Department of Revenue and Taxation directly to the state
4 agencies and entities referenced except for the Teacher Loan Program, Centers of Excellence, the EIA Select Committee
5 and School Technology, which shall receive their full appropriation at the start of the fiscal year from available revenue.
6 The Comptroller General's Office is authorized to make necessary appropriation reductions in Part IA, Section 19X.K. to
7 prevent duplicate appropriations. If the Education Improvement Act appropriations in the agency and entity respective
8 sections of the General Appropriations Act at the start of the fiscal year do not agree with the appropriations in Part IA,
9 Section 19X.K. Other State Agencies and Entities, the "other funds" appropriations in the respective agency and entity
10 sections of the General Appropriations Act will be adjusted by the Comptroller General's Office to conform to the
11 appropriations in Part IA, Section 19X.K. Other State Agencies and Entities.
12 38. (SDE-EIA: XK-Status Offenders/John De La Howe) The funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.K. for the
13 Status Offender Program shall be distributed to John De La Howe School to expand residential programs to include court
14 ordered status offenders. Components of such a program shall include collaboration between the home school district and
15 the residential school and treatment or related services to the families of students in placement.
16 39. (SDE-EIA: XK-Student Loan Pgm/Teaching Loans & Governor Scholarships) Of the EIA funds provided in Part
17 IA, Section 19X.K. for the Student Loan Program sufficient funding shall be made available under the Governor's Teaching
18 Scholarship Program for renewal loans only. Students receiving these scholarships are eligible for the accelerated payback
19 method provided for in Section 59-26-20(k). Any funds in the Governor's Teaching Scholarship program which are not
20 committed as of July 1 of the current fiscal year may be used to fund student loans provided for in Section 59-26-20(k).
21 40. (SDE-EIA: XL-Arts in Education) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.L. Arts Curricula shall be used to
22 assist districts that have not received funding for arts education during the four year pilot program; to sustain arts education
23 initiatives that began during the final year of the pilot program; and to support arts education curriculum in the visual and
24 performing arts which incorporates strengths from the Arts in Education pilot sites.
25 41. (SDE-EIA: XL-Continuous Improvement/Innovation) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.L. for
26 Continuous Improvement/ Innovation and allocated to the school districts for innovative initiatives in the prior fiscal year
27 may be retained and expended by the school districts for the same purpose during the current fiscal year.
28 42. (SDE-EIA: XN-Parent Education) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.N. shall be used to fund those sites
29 continuing to operate as Parent Education technical assistance sites in FY 1996-97 at a level not less than eighty-five percent
30 of the amount received in the prior year or according to the Parenting/Family Literacy funding allocations as established
31 in Act 135, which ever is greater.
32 43. (SDE-EIA: XN-Parenting/Family Literacy) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.N. for the Parenting/Family
33 Literacy Programs and allocated to the school districts for parenting projects in the prior fiscal year may be retained and
34 expended by the school districts for the same purpose during the current fiscal year.
35 44. (SDE-EIA: XN-Parenting/Family Literacy/Child Abuse Awareness & Accelerated Schools) Of the funds
36 appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.N. for the Parenting/Family Literacy, $200,000 must be used for the Child Abuse
37 Awareness and Prevention Project at Winthrop University and $125,000 must be used for the Accelerated Schools Project
38 at the College of Charleston.
39 45. (SDE-EIA: XN-Parenting/Family Literacy/Cities-In-Schools) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State
40 Department of Education shall transfer $200,000 from the funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19X.N. Parenting/Family
41 Literacy to Cities-In-Schools. These funds are to be utilized to provide technical assistance to local communities in
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1 establishing Cities-In-Schools programs statewide. Cities-In-Schools will provide annual reports to the State Department
2 of Education which will include: budget expenditure data, a listing of the communities served and the services provided.
3 46. (SDE-EIA: XO-Problem Solving Skills) It is not the intent of the General Assembly that the instruction in higher
4 order thinking skills promote New Age religion or any other religion, faith, or belief.
5 47. (SDE-EIA: XR-Local School Innovation Fund) The funds provided for the Local School Innovation Fund shall
6 be distributed to the school districts on a fifty percent average daily membership and fifty percent EFA basis and shall be
7 expended by the individual school in accordance with the school's long-range school improvement plan pursuant to Act 135
8 of 1993. Funds shall be accounted for in accordance with the EIA program or strategy.
9 48. (SDE-EIA: X-Autistic Children Pilot Project) Of the EIA funds appropriated to the Department of Education,
10 $25,000 shall be provided to the Pickens County School District for a pilot project to teach the Lovaas method to autistic
11 children in the Pickens County School District during the 1996/1997 school year. The purpose of this pilot is to help
12 mainstream these children back into the classroom and to reduce or eliminate future long term care costs. These funds are
13 located in Part IA, Section 19, Program X.A. Alloc EIA-Hndcap Std Srvc.
14 49. (SDE-EIA: School Building Aid Funds Expenditure) Funds appropriated in Part IA, Section 19F. of this Act or
15 in a previous Appropriation Act for school building aid may be expended by the school district without application to the
16 State Department of Education or approval from the State Board of Education. The Department of Education shall require
17 that school districts include in their annual audit a verification of compliance with all applicable State laws associated with
18 the use of these funds.
19 50. (SDE-EIA: XD-Administrator Evaluation) Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, funds appropriated in
20 Part IA, Section 19X.D. for evaluations shall conform to the following: evaluation of school superintendents shall be the
21 responsibility of the governing board of the local school districts; evaluation of all other school administrators shall be the
22 responsibility of the superintendent or his/her designee and under the guidance of the local school board; evaluation of
23 school administrators, in part, shall be related to their individual professional development plan and the successful
24 implementation of either the district strategic plan or school renewal plan.
25 51. (SDE-EIA: XB-Academic Assistance/Full Day Kindergarten) For FY 97-98, school districts may use funds
26 appropriated for Academic Assistance for the implementation and operation of Full Day Kindergarten.
27 52. (SDE- EIA: XA-Superior Academic Achievement Diploma Program) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section
28 59-21-450 of the 1976 Code, any unexpended funds or operating surplus in the EIA fund in any fiscal year must first be
29 allocated to fully fund the Superior Academic Achievement Diploma Program.
30 53. (SDE-EIA: XA-Raise Academic Standards/Archives & History Transfer) Of the funds appropriated in Part IA,
31 Section 19 X.A. for Credits High School Diploma, $25,000 must be transferred to the Department of Archives and History
32 to contract for the services of knowledgeable teachers and historians to research and produce lesson plans, print and
33 distribute one free copy of the lesson plans to all South Carolina History and American History teachers, and to purchase
34 supplies and materials.
35 54. (SDE: XC-Teacher Loan Program/Critical Needs) The South Carolina Teacher Loan Program must give first
36 priority to students who major in the critical needs subject areas who have at least the state average on the SAT and are
37 in the top 40% of their class.
39 H71 - SECTION 21 - WIL LOU GRAY OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL
41 1. (WLG: Truants) The Opportunity School will incorporate into its program services for students, ages 15 and over,
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1 who are deemed truant; and will cooperate with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Family Courts, and School districts
2 to encourage the removal of truant students to the Opportunity School when such students can be served appropriately by
3 the Opportunity School's program.
4 2. (WLG: Opportunity School Holiday) The Opportunity School may reschedule holidays observed by other State
5 employees during the academic year and require its employees to take the holiday periods designated in the school calendar.
6 All days taken during these holiday periods not covered by a legal holiday must be charged to leave with or without pay.
7 The use of leave during such holiday periods will not be included in calculation of daily rate compensation.
8 3. (WLG: GED Test) Students attending school at the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School that are 16 years of age and
9 are unable to remain enrolled due to the necessity of immediate employment or enrollment in post secondary education may
10 be eligible to take the General Education Development (GED) Test. Prior to taking the GED the student must be pretested
11 using the official General Education Development Practice Test and score a minimum of 220.
12 4. (WLG: Deferred Salaries Carry Forward) Wil Lou Gray is authorized to carry forward into the current fiscal year
13 the amount of the deferred salaries and employer contributions earned in the prior fiscal year for non-twelve month
14 employees. These deferred funds are not to be included or part of any other authorized carry forward amount.
15 5. (WLG: Improved Forestry Practices) The Trustees of the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School may carry out
16 improved forestry practices on the timber holdings of the school property and apply the revenues derived from them and
17 any other revenue source on the property for the further improvement and development of the school forest and other school
20 H75 - SECTION 23 - SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
22 1. (SDB: Physician Services) The School for the Deaf and the Blind is authorized to contract for the services of a
23 physician and to provide office space for the physician to be used to treat both students of the school and private patients;
24 the School shall charge the physician a fair market rental value for the office space.
25 2. (SDB: Student Activity Fee) The School for the Deaf and the Blind is authorized to charge to the parents of students
26 at the school a student activity fee, differentiated according to the income of the family. The required student activity fee
27 shall not exceed $40.00. Such revenue may be retained and carried forward into the current fiscal year and expended for
28 the purpose of covering expenses for student activities.
29 3. (SDB: Weighted Student Cost) The School for the Deaf and the Blind shall receive through the Education Finance
30 Act the average State share of the required weighted student cost for each student newly admitted into the multi-handicapped
31 school with the recommendation of the local school district. The estimated State share shall come directly from the State
32 Board of Education at the beginning of the fiscal year to be adjusted at the end of the fiscal year. This shall include any
33 students admitted into the Reeducation program for emotionally handicapped students.
34 4. (SDB: Admissions) Deaf, blind, multi-handicapped and other handicapped students identified by the Board of
35 Commissioners as target groups for admission to the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind may be admitted by
36 the School either through direct application by parents or on referral from the local school district. The Board of
37 Commissioners shall define the appropriate admissions criteria including mental capacity, degree of disability, functioning
38 level, age, and other factors deemed necessary by the Board. All placement hearings for admission to the South Carolina
39 School for the Deaf and the Blind shall be organized by the School. The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
40 shall obtain information from the local school district concerning the needs of the student and shall prepare an Individualized
41 Education Plan for each student admitted. All parents applying for admission of their children must sign a statement
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1 certifying that they feel the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind is the most appropriate placement which
2 constitutes the least restrictive environment for the individual student, based upon needs identified in the placement meeting
3 and the Individualized Education Plan. The decision concerning placement and least restrictive environment shall be
4 reviewed annually at the IEP Conference.
5 5. (SDB: Adult Vocational Program Fees) The School for the Deaf and the Blind is authorized to charge appropriate
6 tuition, room and board, and other fees to students accepted into the Adult Vocational Program after July 1, 1986. Such fees
7 will be determined by the School Board of Commissioners, and such revenue shall be retained and carried forward into the
8 current fiscal year and expended by the School for the purpose of covering expenses in the Adult Vocational Program.
9 6. (SDB: Mobility Instructor Service Fee) The School for the Deaf and the Blind is authorized to charge a fee for the
10 services of a mobility instructor to provide service on a contractual basis to various school districts in the state, and such
11 revenue shall be retained and carried forward into the current fiscal year and expended by the School for the purpose of
12 covering expenses in the Blind School.
13 7. (SDB: Cafeteria Revenues) All revenues generated from cafeteria operations may be retained and expended by the
14 institution for the purpose of covering actual expenses in cafeteria operations.
15 8. (SDB: School Buses) The school buses of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind are authorized to
16 travel at speeds up to 55 miles per hour, not to exceed posted limit. No funds appropriated herein for equipment shall be
17 used for the purchase of governors for school buses of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.
18 9. (SDB: USDA Federal Grants) All revenues generated from U.S.D.A. federal grants may be retained and expended
19 by the SCSDB in accordance with Federal regulations for the purpose of covering actual expenses in the cafeteria/food
20 service operations of the school.
21 10. (SDB: By-Products Revenue Carry Forward) The School for the Deaf and the Blind is authorized to sell goods that
22 are by-products of the school's programs and operations, charge user fees and fees for services to the general public:
23 individuals, organizations, agencies and school districts, and such revenue may be retained and carried forward into the
24 current fiscal year and expended for the purpose of covering expenses of the school's programs and operations.
25 11. (SDB: Pee Dee Resource Center for the Deaf and the Blind) From the funds provided herein, the School for the
26 Deaf and the Blind shall provide $100,000 for the establishment of a Pee Dee Resource Center for the Deaf and the Blind
27 in Conway, S.C.
29 L12 - SECTION 36 - JOHN DE LA HOWE SCHOOL
31 1. (JDLHS: Status Offender Carry Forward) To facilitate the period of initial program start-up, unexpended EIA status
32 offender funds distributed to John de la Howe School from the Department of Education may be carried forward and used
33 for the same purpose.