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§ 284. State aid for school library systems. 1. Each school library
system established pursuant to section two hundred eighty-two of this
part and operating under a plan approved by the commissioner shall be
eligible to receive funding under this section consisting of the
following amounts:
 a. Each school library system with a public and nonpublic school
enrollment of less than one hundred thousand students shall receive a
base grant of eighty-three thousand dollars;
 b. Each school library system with a public and nonpublic school
enrollment of one hundred thousand students but less than two hundred
thousand students shall receive a base grant of ninety thousand dollars;
 c. Each school library system with a public and nonpublic school
enrollment of two hundred thousand students but less than five hundred
thousand students shall receive a base grant of one hundred twenty-three
thousand dollars; and
 d. Each school library system with a public and nonpublic school
enrollment of more than five hundred thousand students shall receive a
base grant of eight hundred ninety-seven thousand dollars.
 e. In addition to the base grant provided in paragraph a, b, c or d of
this subdivision, each school library system shall receive annually:
 (1) twenty-nine cents per student enrolled in the public and nonpublic
schools located within such system, and
 (2) five hundred dollars per public school district located within
such system, and a minimum of four thousand three hundred dollars per
system located within a board of cooperative educational services area,
or five thousand dollars per city school district of a city with a
population of one hundred twenty-five thousand inhabitants or more, and
 (3) two dollars and forty-five cents per square mile of the school
library system.
 f. In addition to any other sum provided in this subdivision, any
school library system formed through an act of merger since January
first, nineteen hundred eighty-four shall receive fifty thousand dollars
annually for each approved act of merger, provided, however, that any
school library system formed through an act of merger on or after April
first, two thousand eight shall receive ninety thousand dollars annually
for each approved act of merger.
 g. In addition to any other sum provided in this subdivision, each
school library system shall be eligible to receive annually an
automation grant amounting to ten percent of the total aid produced for
that system by adding the base grant provided by paragraph a, b, c or d
of this subdivision to the additional aid provided by paragraphs e and f
of this subdivision.

 2. Before a school library system shall be entitled to receive
operating funds, such system shall submit a plan of library service to
the commissioner for approval. The commissioner shall establish
standards of service for school library systems by regulation. Such
regulations shall contain standards relating to: system staffing; union
catalog and data-base development; interlibrary loan; communications and
delivery; governance and advisory committees; membership criteria and
the means of relating district library resources and programs to those
of the system; non-public school participation; and procedures for
submission and approval of plans and certification of membership.

 3. The moneys made available pursuant to this section shall be
distributed to each school library system whose plan of service has been
approved under the provisions of subdivision two of this section.

 4. Each school library system receiving state aid pursuant to this
section shall furnish such information regarding its library service as
the commissioner may from time to time require to determine whether it
is operating in accordance with its plan and the standards of service
the commissioner has established. The commissioner may at any time after
affording notice and an opportunity to be heard, revoke approval of a
plan of library service if the commissioner finds that the school
library system no longer conforms to its approved plan, the provisions
of this section or the regulations promulgated by the commissioner
hereunder; or, in the case of provisional approval, if such school
library system no longer conforms to the agreement, plans or conditions
upon which such provisional approval was based. In such case a school
library system shall not thereafter be entitled to state aid pursuant to
this section unless and until its plan of library service is again
approved by the commissioner.

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