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CAPE G ZEWE, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997 - 13 School&apos;s not out on education bill as Metts is confirmed By Rosanne Pack office was much involved in both as more available than a cabinet an open mind on the two bills, but would lean in that direction," he Delaware legislators went into bills. Tom Carper is reacting to secretary, and they want that. The he slightly favors tt e Senate ver- said. Bunting is a strong supporter Thursday's session feeling that confirmation of Iris Metts, nomi- nee for the fh-st Secretary of Edu- cation, was a sure thing; and it was accomplished. However, oth- er education issues might not be resolved so soon. The House of Representatives recently passed a Department of Education bill defining duties of the new secretary of education and the state board of education. Early this week, a senate version of an education bill was intro- duced that is much the same, but different. That bill, S.B.79, intro- duced by Sen. David Sokola (D- Newark) passed the Democrat- controlled Senate yesterday. It leaves more power for budgetary and policy matters with the state board of education than H.B 81, which is sponsored by Wayne Smith (R-Clair Manor), the House Majority Leader. The House bill would give the new secretary fi- nancial and program manage- ment, and freedom to make policy and legislative recommendations. One of the interesting and com- mon features of both bills is that they each were drafted, for the most part, by the governor's of- rice. "I've never seen something quite like this; it's an interesting dilemma," said John Schroeder (D-Lewes). "For the governor to more or less initiate two bills, and there is very little difference in them. I'm sure no one will be thrust into the position of having to choose one over the other. There will be a negotiated resolu- tion; maybe even a third bill." Schroeder, Sen. George Bunting (D-Bethany) and Sen. Robert Voshell (D-Milford) all agree that the resolution is not likely to be seen before June. Voshell said, "The governor's Governor to sign bill changing school district election boundaries Rep. John Schroeder, (D- Lewes) said Thursday, April 17 that House Bill 130, an act that changes the Cape Henlopen School District election area boundaries, passed the Senate late Thursday and Gee. Tom Carper is expected to sign the bill into law Friday, April 18. "I'm glad to assist the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education address an issue of great concern, and to get it done prior to this election," said Schroeder. The bill calls for this year's Area D seat to be a one-year-only term, rather than its usual five- year term, with the seat to be re- elected next year for four years. Additionally, all four school dis- trict election areas have been re- marked. Susan Shupard, who currenfly represents Area D, the Rehoboth Beach area, was unopposed for the seat, so this year's school board election will not take place. concerns expressed by the public. "I like the way the senate bill is drafted to get citizen's input through the state board. I think most people regard the state board job of Secretary of Education is tough for one person to oversee; the input of a board can be very important." Bunting said that he is keeping sion now. He said leery of centralizi control in a Seeret tion office. "I have of confidence in the he is a little ag too much ry of Educa- a fair amount state board; I of Schroeder's proposals for smaller class size, and he said is- sues such as that should not be lost in political wrangling over the creation of the education bill. "Who would have thought that opening a c]lecking account could get us a great rate on a (!D?" Mal00e It Happen ! 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