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An Act to Establish Graded Schools in the City of New Berne.

1883 Public Laws: Chapter 117

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1883 - Pages 170-172.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. The mayor and council of the city of New Berne are authorized and required to submit to the qualified voters of said city at the next regular election of councilmen, and under the rules and regulations governing said election, whether an annual assessment shall be levied therein for the support of one or more graded schools in said city. That such qualified voters at such election are authorized to vote on written or printed ballots the words, "for schools" and "against schools," and the penalties for illegal and fraudulent voting in this election shall be the same as in the annual election for councilmen in said city of New Berne.

Sec. 2, In case a majority of the qualified voters at such election shall vote "for schools," an assessment shall be levied and collected by the city authorities under the same rules and regulations by which other city taxes are levied and collected, and the assessment collector shall be subject to the same liabilities for the collection and disbursement as he is, or may be, for city taxes: Provided, that the assessment collector shall, before receiving the assessment list, enter into bond in the penal sum of double the amount of the assessment levied, payable to the city of New Berne, conditioned for the faithful collecting and accounting for said assessment, and his compensation for said services shall not exceed two and one-half per centum: And provided further, the special assessments so levied and collected shall not exceed one-third of one per centum on the value of property and one dollar on the poll, and that the assessments thus levied and collected shall be applied exclusively for the support of two or more "graded public schools," and shall not be appropriated or expended for any other purpose.

Sec. 3. The special assessments thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of white persons shall be expended in keeping up a graded public school for white children of both sexes between the ages of six and twenty-one years, and the special assessments thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of colored persons shall be expended for the keeping up a graded public school for the colored children of both sexes between the ages of six and twenty-one years in said city.

Sec. 4. That the board of trustees of the New Berne academy be and they are hereby constituted the board of trustees for the graded school for the white children. That said board shall have power to fill all vacancies occuring in said board, to employ teachers and to do all such acts as may be necessary to carry on said graded school for the white children.

Sec. 5. That the money arising from the special assessment herein provided for, collected from the property and polls of white persons shall, as soon as collected, be paid over to such person or persons as the board of trustees aforesaid shall appoint, and that the public school money which shall from time to time be collected under the general school law for public school purposes applicable for the white children in said city of New Berne, shall be in like manner paid over to said board of trustees, and shall be applied for keeping up the said public graded school or schools.

Sec. 6. That the school committee of district number eight in the county of Craven, and their successors in office, and E. A. Richardson, V. A. Crawford, I. B. Abbott, A. Bass, B. W. Morris, George H. White, Robert G. Mosely, A. G. Oden, George S. Fisher, Joseph Mumford, M. F. Bryan, Rev. George B. Willis, John A. Jones, H. H. Simmons, Alexander Sanders, E. R. Dudley, C. R. Robbins, be and they are hereby constituted a board of trustees for the graded school for the colored children; that said board shall have power to fill all vacancies occurring in said board; to employ teachers and do all such acts as shall be necessary to carry on said graded school for colored children.

Sec. 7. That the money arising from the special assessment herein provided for, collected from the property and polls of colored persons shall, as soon as collected, be paid over to the treasurer of the county of Craven, and held by him, subject to the orders and directions of the board of trustees of said public graded school for the colored children, and the school committee of district number eight in the county of Craven: Provided, said treasurer shall receive as compensation for receiving and holding said money, not exceeding two and one-half per centum upon the amount so received and held.

Sec. 8. That the principal and teachers of the schools in this Act provided for, 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, but may be paid such compensation as may be deemed just and proper.

Sec. 9. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 13th day of February, 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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