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An Act to Establish a Board of Directors for the Deaf and Dumb Institute in this State.

1848-1849 - Chapter IV

Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1848-1849 - Pages 16-18.
Click Here to view the original 1845 Act, which is modified by paragraphs below.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That so much of the Act passed at the session of the General Assembly for 1844-5, entitled "An Act to Provide for the Education and Maintenance of the Poor and Destitute Deaf Mutes and Blind Persons in this State," as places the institution under the care of the Literary Board, be, and it is hereby repealed; and the said institution shall hereafter be under the government of a Board of seven Directors.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That Perrin Busbee, Linn Banks Sanders, Jno. H. Bryan, Thos. J. Lemay, Wm. W. Holden, James F. Jordan, and Dr. Charles E. Johnson, be, and they are hereby constituted said Board of Directors.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the said Board of Directors, or a majority, shall appoint from their own body a President to preside at their meetings; and the Principal of the institution for the time being shall be ex officio Secretary of the Board, to record, attest and preserve their proceedings.

Sec. 4. The said Board of Directors shall be charged with the erection, furnishing, preservation and repair of the building, the care of the grounds and appurtenances, and of the interest of the institution generally. They shall have power to employ all necessary agents; to appoint and remove Professors, two-thirds of the number concurring in every case of removal; to fix their compensation; to prescribe their duties; to establish rules for the government and discipline of the pupils; to regulate tuition fees; to prescribe and control the duties and proceedings of all officers, servants and others, with respect to the buildings, lands, appurtenances and other property and interests of the institution, to draw from the Literary Fund or the Treasury such moneys as are, or shall be charged by law for the benefit and support of the institution; and in general to direct and do all matters and things which, not being inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States or of this State, shall seem to them most expedient for promoting the purposes and fulfilling the objects of said institution; which several functions they shall be free to exercise in the form of bylaws, rules, resolutions, orders, instructions or otherwise, as they shall deem proper.

Sec. 5. The said Board of Directors shall have stated and occasional meetings as they shall themselves prescribe. A majority shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and all vacancies occurring by death, resignation, or removal from the State or failure to act for six months, shall be supplied by the Board, subject to the approval of the General Assembly at its ensuing session.

Sec. 6. The President and Directors shall be, and they are hereby declared to be a body corporate, under the style and title of the "President and Directors of the North Carolina Institute for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb;" with the right as such to use a common seal, to plead and be impleaded in all courts of justice, and in all cases in which the interests of the institution are involved; and they shall be capable in law, and in trust for the institution, of receiving subscriptions and donations, real and personal, as well from bodies corporate and persons associated, as from private individuals.

Sec. 7. The institution shall in all things and at all times be subject to the control of the Legislature; and it shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to make a report to the General Assembly at each of its sessions, which shall embrace a full account of the receipts and disbursements, the funds on hand, and a general statement of the condition of said institution.

Sec. 8. That the Faculty of the said institution, by and with the consent of the Board of Directors, shall have the power of conferring all such degrees and marks of literary distinction as are usually conferred by similar institutions.

Sec. 9. This Act shall be in force from and after the passage thereof.

Ratified 27th day of January, 1849.

Charles Manly, Governor
Robert B. Gilliam, Speaker of the House of Commons
Calvin Graves, Speaker of the Senate

Office of the Secretary of State, April 1849.

I, William Hill, Secretary of State in and for the State of North Carolina,
do hereby certify that the Acts and Resolutions contained in this Pamphlet
are true copies of the original Acts and Resolutions passed by the General
Assembly of this State, at its late session.

William Hill, Secretary of State

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