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An Act to Establish the Edenton Graded School.

1885 Public Laws: Chapter 7

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1885 - Pages 56-59.
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The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That graded school is hereby incorporated to be known as the Edenton Graded School for school district number three of Chowan County, for the white race, and that B. F. Elliott, T. C. Bradham, G. H. Coke, J. A. Harrell, H. De B. Hooper, W. Y. Warren and T. A. White, are hereby constituted a board of trustees for the same until July first, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, and until their successors are elected and qualified as hereinafter stated, and said school shall be free to all the white children between six and twenty-one years of age, who are residents of said school district, and shall be the public school of said district.

Sec. 2. That said board shall organize each year by the election of a president, a secretary and a treasurer, who shall hold their places at the option of said board, and the treasurer shall give bond, to be approved by said board, for the faithful discharge of his duties, and his compensation shall be two and a-half per cent, of funds received by him, and he shall have charge of the tuition paid for non-resident pupils, and of all donations, gifts and contributions of every kind, made for the benefit of said school or for the white race of said school district, except the public funds in the custody of the county treasurer.

Sec. 3. That a majority of said trustees, convened by public notice, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and said board shall be a body corporate with power to sue and be sued, and shall have one regular meeting at a public place each month, and shall have power to adopt rules for its own government; also, to fill any vacancies caused by death, resignation or removal from said district, to employ and pay teachers with or without certificates required by the public school law, and to do all such acts as may be necessary to carry on said school and to secure its good order, and all powers and duties, formerly vested in the school committee for the white race of said district are vested in said board.

Sec. 4. That said board shall be custodian of all public school property for the white race of said district, and all unexpended public school money which has been apportioned or collected for the white race of said school district under the general laws of the state not applicable to contracts heretofore legally made, and all of which shall hereafter from time to time be so collected or apportioned, shall be applied for keeping up said graded school under the orders and directions of said board, and the treasurer of Chowan County shall payout the same on the orders of said board, approved and signed by its president and secretary; but no order shall be given on the county treasurer until the service or property for which it is given has been furnished in full, and the public school funds appropriated to said school shall be drawn from the county treasury at the rate of one-tenth thereof for each month the school may have been in operation.

Sec. 5. That said board is authorized to receive contributions, donations and subscriptions, and to draw from the county treasury the public school funds as herein provided for the use of said school, and it shall be the duty of said board to solicit subscriptions and donations as aforesaid, and as nearly as may be possible, to carry on said school forty weeks each year, with teachers and accommodations sufficient for all who may enter.

Sec. 6. That every trustee named in, or elected under this Act, shall, before attending any future meeting of said board, take an oath or make affirmation to perform faithfully his duties under this Act, and no trustee may hereafter act as such until he is so qualified, nor shall any trustee while a member of said board be a teacher in said school.

Sec. 7. That a meeting of the patrons of said school shall be held on the last Thursday in June each year at noon at the shool building, of which ten days' notice shall be given by the president of said board, at which meeting seven men shall be elected by a majority of ballots, who shall be patrons and residents of said school district, to act for the next ensuing year and until their successors are elected and qualified as the trustees of said school, and they shall organize as herein provided. Patrons within the meaning of this Act shall include all resident male parents and guardians whose children have attended said school at any time during the year and such resident male persons as have contributed one per cent, or more of the entire subscription fund for the year; but not less than fifteen patrons shall constitute a quorum for the election of trustees.

Sec. 8. That the proceedings of said meeting of patrons shall contain the number of patrons present and the names of trustees elected, and shall be certified to said board of trustees by the chairman and secretary of said meeting, and shall be transcribed on the book of records of said board.

Sec. 9. That the Act of the general assembly ratified March third, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three, entitled "An Act to Establish Graded Schools at Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina", and all other laws in conflict with this Act be hereby repealed, and this Act shall take the place for said school district of the public school law now existing or passed at this session of the general assembly.

Sec. 10. That this Act shall be in full force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 19th day of January, A.D. 1885.

Alfred M. Scales, Governor
Charles M. Stedman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Thomas M. Holt, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 18th, 1885.

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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