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An Act to Incorporate the Trustees of the Columbus Normal School in the County of Polk.

1856-1857 Private Laws: Chapter 86

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1856-57 - Pages 84-88.

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 William L. Mills, John Walker, Daniel F. _______, Columbus Mills, Thomas Mills, Caleb King, James Jackson, Joseph McDowell Carson, Sr., and their associates and successors, be and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, under the name and style of the trustees of "Columbus Normal School," and as such may have a common seal, shall have power to sue and be sued, to receive, purchase, hold and sell real and personal estate in trust and for the use of said school, shall have succession, the right to make by-laws, and to have and enjoy all the rights and privileges of bodies corporate of this kind.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the trustees of said school shall consist in number of not more than twelve, nor less than eight, and that it shall require at least five for a quorum to do business.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That all vacancies in the number of said trustees shall be filled by a majority votes of the trustees themselves.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the trustees aforesaid shall elect one of their number president, and one secretary and treasurer, and the treasurer shall execute a bond, in such sum as the county court of Polk County may determine, payable to the State of North Carolina and conditioned for the faithful collection, safe keeping and legal disbursement of the funds of said school. And the said treasurer shall annually make a report to the board of trustees of the condition and application of the funds of said school, a copy of which shall be published in at least one newspaper of the State, and a copy sent to the superintendent of common schools.

Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That the county trustee of Polk, when he shall have paid for the court house, jail and stocks, and for a clock and bell for said court house for said county, shall pay over to the treasurer of the said board of trustees of "Columbus Normal School," all the balance of the moneys from the sale of lots of land in the town of Columbus, made for the benefit of the county, and the title to all lots of land remaining unsold in said town belonging to the county shall vest, and is hereby vested in the said treasurer of said trustees of Columbus Normal School, and to his successors in office in special trust for the use of said school.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That the trustees aforesaid shall meet on the ____ day of _________ , 1857, in the town of Columbus, and shall proceed to select in said town a location for said Normal School; and whenever individuals shall subscribe one thousand dollars for the erection of a building for said school, the said trustees may subscribe and pay fifteen hundred dollars for the same, and for proper furniture, and school apparatus, and if said twenty-five hundred dollars be insufficient, the said trustees may pay not more than five hundred dollars more: Provided, Half as much as the additional amount paid by them is paid for the same purpose by individuals.

Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, That the said trustees shall cause to be properly and safely invested, in public stocks, or in other securities, all the remaining moneys in the hands of their treasurer, the investment to be made in the name of the ''Trustees of Columbus Normal School," and the interest to be semi-annually paid. And they may also at such times, and in such way as they may deem best, sell the lots of lend herein vested in them, and invest their proceeds in the same manner.

Sec. 8. Be it further enacted, That with the proceeds of said investment the trustees aforesaid shall employ a suitable teacher or teachers for said school capable of giving thorough instruction in all the usual branches of an English and good academic education, and also of giving instruction in the best of teaching; and said school may be male or female, or both, as the trustees shall determine.

Sec. 9. Be it further enacted, That if there be a sufficient fund to employ a teacher or teachers as aforesaid, the pupils of said school shall be admitted free of cost for tuition, except one dollar per session to each for fuel, and there shall be at least one pupil from each common school district in the county, and if there be room for [more] pupils than the proceeds of said fund will pay for, they may be admitted on payment of proper tuition fees, to be fixed by the trustees; which fees shall go towards the salary or salaries of the teachers.

Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, That the free pupils of said school, if they be males, shall be at least sixteen years old, and if female, at least fourteen, and of good moral character. They shall be selected from applicants in indigent circumstances, when such offer or will attend, and when there are more than one applicant from a district of the proper qualifications the selection shall be made by lot.

Sec. 11. Be it further enacted, That the trustees of said school, at least thirty days before the time for the selection of any free pupils for said school, shall post up at the court house door, and in a conspicuous place in each school district of the county, a printed notice of the services and character of the school, of the number and character of free pupils to be admitted, and of the terms on which admitted, and of the time and place of selection.

Sec. 12. Be it further enacted, That the superintendent of commnn schools lor the state shall furnish blanks with instructions as to the manner of filling them to the teachers and trustees of said school; shall also recommend books and studies and a plan of regulations for conducting the school, and may visit and inspect the same; and the president and treasurer of said school shall send to him, on or before the third Monday in October in every year, an annual report of the progress and condition of said school, of the number of teachers, the number of free and pay pupils, male and female, and an account of his disbursements, receipts and investments, examined, certified and authenticated in the same manner and under the same penalties prescribed by law for the annual reports of the chairmen of the board of superintendents of common schools.

Sec. 13. Be it further enacted, That the principal of said school shall, at the end of each session, fill out and return to the superintendent of common schools, the blank return furnished to him or her, by said superintendent, a copy of which shall be furnished to the board of trustees, and one published in at least one of the newspapers of the State.

Sec. 14. Be it further enacted, That each free pupil admitted to said school, shall, on admission, sign a written pledge of honor, to remain in the State and teach common schools, for such compensation as he or she may obtain, for as long a time as he or she attends said school: Provided, That if such pupils see fit, they may be relieved from obligations to teach, on payment of the price of their tuition, with interest to the time of payment.

Sec. 15. Be it further enacted, That if there be not sufficient funds in the hands of the treasurer of said normal school to pay for the tuition of one pupil from each school district in the county, the pupils chosen shall be selected by lot, not more than one to be taken from a district.

Sec. 16. Be it further enacted, That normal instruction, or instruction in the art of teaching, shall be given to the free pupils in said school; and the principal shall give to each, at the end of each session, a certificate of proficiency in the studies taught.

Sec. 17. Be it further enacted, That in case there be not suflicient funds in the hands of said trustees to carry out the purpose of this Act, or to give free instruction to at least ten pupils, as well as to aid in the erecting buildings as aforesaid, then said trustees, by a majority vote of the whole number, may decline to erect said school, in which case, the chairman of the board of superintendents of common schools of Polk County, shall have the right to demand and receive the funds herein vested in said trustees, and under the direction of the superintendent of common schools, shall invest the same, under the same regulations as the aforesaid treasurer could have done, and apply the interest to the common school fund of the county; and in such case such investments shall be in the name of the board of superintendents of common schools of Polk County, in whom, in such case, and for the common schools of said county, all unsold lots shall vest, and by whom they may be sold, and the proceeds invested for the benefit of said common schools.

Sec. 18. Be it further enacted, That said normal school be male or female, or both, as the trustees may determine.

Sec. 19. Be it further enacted, That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 3rd day of February, 1857.

Thomas Bragg, Jr., Governor
Jesse G. Shepherd, Speaker of the House of Commons
William W. Avery, Speaker of the Senate

North Carolina
Office of Secretary of State, April, 1857.

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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