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An Act to Establish a Graded Public School in Statesville.

1883 Public Laws: Chapter 36

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1883 - Pages 81-83.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. The commissioners of the town of Statesville are hereby authorized to submit to the qualified voters of said town at such time or times, not oftener than once in any one year, under such regulations as said commissioners may prescribe, whether an annual tax shall be levied therein for the establishment and support of a graded school in said town. That such qualified voters at such election shall vote on written or printed ballots the words "For School" or "Against School," and the penalties for illegal and fraudulent voting in this election shall be the same as for the annual elections for mayor and commissioners of said town of Statesville. In case a majority of the qualified voters at such election shall be in favor of such tax, the same shall be levied and collected by the town authorities under the same rules and regulations and in the same manner as other town taxes are or may be collected, and the tax collector shall be subject to the same liabilities for the collection and paying over of said taxes, as he is or may be for other taxes; Provided, that the tax so collected shall not exceed one-fifth ofone per centum on the value of property, and sixty cents on the poll; and the taxes thus levied and collected shall be applied exclusively to the purpose of providing, by purchase or otherwise, suitable buildings and grounds, and to the support of a graded public school, which shall be free to all white persons within the school age, living within the corporate limits of the town of Statesville; and for the education of colored persons within the school age living in said town, as hereinafter provided.

Sec. 2. The special tax thus collected from the taxable property and polls of white persons shall be applied and expended exclusively for the purpose aforesaid of procuring buildings arid grounds for, and in keeping up a graded public school, free for all white persons of both sexes within the school age resident in said town; and the special tax thus collected from the property and polls of colored persons shall be expended exclusively for the education of colored children of both sexes, within the school age, resident in said town, by the same persons and as other free common school funds are or may be by law expended.

Sec. 3. If a majority of the qualified voters of the town of Statesviile shall vote "For School," the commissioners of said town at their next regular meeting, and they and their successors in office, at their first regular meeting in the month of June annually thereafter, shall elect three qualified voters of the town of Statesville, who, together with the school committee for the school district composed of the town of Statesville for the time being, and the mayor of the said town for the time being, shall be a body corporate, which shall be called "The Board of Education of the town of Statesville," and the said mayor shall be ex-officio chairman of said board, but shall have no vote except in case of a tie; and said board shall have full power and authority to carry out the provisions of this Act, and shall have full control and management of the said "Statesville Graded School," and each member of said board shall continue in office until his successor shall be elected or appointed and qualified; and a majority of said board shall constitute a quorum to do any business.

Sec. 4. That said "Board of Education of the town of Statesville" may sue and be sued, have a common seal, purchase and hold real estate for the purposes of said corporation as herein expressed, not exceeding fifty thousand dollars in value; and may adopt rules for its government not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of the state; and the said board shall receive and apply to the purposes of the said graded school all public school moneys from whatsoever source arising which are now or may hereafter be applicable to the common school education of white children within the school age and resident within the town of Statesville.

Sec. 5. The principal and teachers of the said graded school shall not be subject to the restrictions and limitations as to salary prescribed by section fifty-one of chapter sixty-eight of Battle's Revisal, or any other such restriction now existing by law, but may be paid such compensation as said board may deem just and proper.

Sec. 6. This Act shall be in force and effect after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 26th day of January, A.D. 1883.

Thomas J. Jarvis, Governor
George M. Rose, Speaker of the House of Representatives
James L. Robinson, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 24th, 1883.

I, William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of
the original acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.

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