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An Act to Establish a Graded School in Shoe Heel School Districts Number One and Two for White Children.

1883 Public Laws: Chapter 282

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1883 - Pages 444-447.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the board of county commissioners of Robeson County shall submit to the qualified voters of Shoe Heel school districts known as districts number one and two for white children in said county, on the first Thursday in April, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, under such rules and regulations as said board may prescribe, whether an annual assessment shall be levied therein for the support of a graded public school for the white children in said school districts. Each voter shall vote a written or printed ballot with the words "for school" or "no school," and said election shall be conducted under the same rules as are prescribed by law for the election of members of the general assembly: Provided, that two ballot boxes shall be used, and those electors who reside in district number one shall deposit their ballots in one box, and those electors who reside in district number two shall deposit their ballots in the other; and if a majority of the electors of one district shall vote "for school" and not a majority of the electors of both districts combined, then in that event the school shall be established in the district where the said majority of the ballots were cast, and the trustees named in this Act who reside in the said school district shall be the trustees of said school.

Sec. 2. That in case a majority of the qualified voters of said school districts or district shall be in favor of such assessment, the same shall be levied and collected in the same manner as provided by law for levying and collecting state and county taxes.

Sec. 3. That the special assessment so levied shall not exceed one-fourth of one per centum on one hundred dollars' valuation of real and personal property, and seventy-five cents on each taxable poll.

Sec. 4. That the sheriff of Robeson shall collect all such assessments levied by the board of county commissioners for said school, account with and pay the same over to the county treasurer under the rules, regulations and penalties provided by law.

Sec. 5. The special assessment levied and collected from the taxable property of white persons and white polls shall be expended for a graded public school for the white children of both sexes, between the ages of six and twenty-one years in said school district: and the special assessments levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of colored persons shall be expended for the benefit of the public school for the colored children residing in the colored school district in which said assessments are levied and collected.

Sec. 6. That J. C. McCaskill, E. L. McCormac, W. B. Harker, J. D. Croone, J. C. McLean and David McCall, in school district number one, and J. B. Wilkinson, L. R. Townsend, R. M. McNair, A. C. Wilkinson and Murdoc McKintire, in school district number two, be and they are hereby constituted a board of trustees for the graded school for the whites in school district numbers one and two, and are incorporated by the name of the Shoe Heel Graded School, and may sue and be sued, have a common seal, purchase and hold real and personal property, not exceeding ten thousand dollars in value, shall have power to fill all vacancies occurring in said board; to employ and dismiss teachers, and regulate their salaries; shall have power to suspend and expel any pupil, and do all such acts as shall be necessary to carry on said graded school. They shall elect one of their number chairman, and one as secretary, and prescribe their duties.

Sec. 7. The said board of trustees may require parents or guardians to pay a sum not to exceed in any case one dollar a month per capita for such child or children as reside in said school district, and attend said graded school.

Sec. 8. The board of trustees may admit as pupils in said graded school, children who reside without the boundaries of said school district, upon the payment of such rates for tuition as shall be fixed by the board.

Sec. 9. That a majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Sec. 10. That in addition to the assessments hereinbefore provided for the public school money which shall hereafter be collected under the general school law for public school purposes for white children in said school district shall be set apart by the county board of education and applied to said graded school; and all funds now in the hands of the county treasurer heretofore collected for such white children in said district shall be applied to said graded school, and all fines imposed by the mayor of said town for violations of the ordinances thereof shall be paid into the county treasury for the use and benefit of said graded school; and the license taxes imposed on dealers in spirituous and malt liquors, wine or cider by the town authorities within the limits of said school district shall be divided per capita among the school children of both races between the ages of six and twenty-one residing in said district, and for this purpose shall be, by the collecting officer charged with the collection of the same, paid into the county treasury and divided by the county board of education.

Sec. 11. That no member of the board of trustees shall receive any compensation for services rendered by him as trustee: Provided, however, that reasonable compensation may be allowed the secretary of said board.

Sec. 12. That no trustee shall be a teacher in said school.

Sec. 13. That the sheriff and county treasurer of Robeson County, and the constable, and town clerk, and treasurer of the town of Shoe Heel, and the sureties on their official bond, shall be responsible for the proper collection and disbursement of all moneys collected or disbursed under the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 14. The orders of the board of trustees of said graded school drawn on the treasurer of Robeson County, signed by the chairman, and attested by the secretary of the board, setting forth the amount and the purpose for which they are drawn, shall be the only valid vouchers in the hands of the treasurer for the disbursement of the funds appropriated under this Act.

Sec. 15. The secretary of said board of trustees shall keep a true and proper record of the proceedings of the board.

Sec. 16. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 8th day of March, 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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