The State Superintendent of Education may appoint a full-time director for the Science in Motion Program who shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration, monitoring and coordination of the ASIM Program.
The State Superintendent of Education shall be responsible for the following:
(1) Initiate the preparation of proposals for funding grants from governmental, corporate or private sources. If, as a requirement for receiving grant funds, the grant-awarding entity requires the participation of private schools in the Alabama Science in Motion Program, the superintendent is hereby authorized to include private schools to the extent that the requirement is satisfied.
(2) Establish the ASIM Program standards upon approval of the State Board of Education and certify that each network annually meets the overall standards of the ASIM Program as a prior condition for the allocation of the respective shares of ASIM Program funds to each network.
(3) Document and maintain records of the ASIM Program and make an annual report to the Legislature, by the tenth legislative day of each regular session, which summarizes the finances and activities of the ASIM Program during the previous school year.
(4) The State Superintendent of Education is authorized to contract with one or more of the host universities to make purchases of scientific equipment and supplies on behalf of the ASIM Program in the event that more favorable prices can be obtained by the host university.