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An Act in Reference to the Public Schools in Raleigh Township, Wake County.

1885 Public Laws: Chapter 141

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1885 - Pages 218-222.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

That in order that the public school interests of Raleigh Township, Wake County, may be more efficiently and conveniently conducted, the following shall be the law for the government of the said interests in said township:

Section 1. That the school committee of said township shall consist of six members instead of three, as now required by the general school law of the State, to be elected by the board of aldermen of the City of Raleigh, but no member of said school committee shall hold any other office under the city government of Raleigh, except as hereinafter provided. The said school committee above provided for shall be divided by ballot, by the said board of aldermen, into three classes of two each. The term of office of the first class shall expire at the end of two years from a period to be fixed by the said board, and the term of office of the second class shall expire at the end of four years from said period, and the term of the third class at the end of six years from said period. Whenever the term of office of any class shall expire as above provided, an election shall be held by the said board of aldermen to fill the vacancy occasioned by the expiration of said term, and the term for which those chosen to fill vacancies shall be elected, shall be a term of six years, so that the said school committee shall consist of six members and a chairman ex officio. The mayor of the City of Raleigh shall be the chairman ex officio of the said committee, whose duty it shall be to preside at its meetings, but he shall have no vote on any matter before said committee, except in case of a tie. When a vacancy occurs in any of the classes above provided for, otherwise than by expiration of a term, the said vacancy shall be filled by the board of aldermen of the City of Raleigh as soon as may be convenient.

Sec. 2. That the school committee created in the foregoing section shall have entire and exclusive control of the public school interests and property in said township; shall prescribe laws, rules and regulations for their own government, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act; shall employ and fix the compensation of officers and teachers of the public schools annually; shall take an accurate census of the school population of the township as required by the general school law of the State, and do all other acts which may be just and lawful to conduct the public school interests in said township: Provided, that no person shall be employed as an officer or teacher in the public schools of said township who is within two degrees of relationship by blood or marriage to any member of the said school committee: And provided further, that no member of said school committee shall be in any way directly or indirectly interested in the sale of any books, school apparatus or other school supplies to the public schools of said township.

Sec. 3. The school committee created by this Act may elect annually a superintendent of schools, who shall be principal of the Centennial Graded School, and general supervisor of the public schools of Raleigh Township. The said superintendent shall examine as to their efficiency all applicants for positions of teachers in the public schools of said township, and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the said school committee.

Sec. 4. That the moneys which shall from time to time be apportioned under the general school law of the State to Raleigh Township, and any moneys to which said township may be entitled by reason of any special tax, gift, grant, apportionment or otherwise, shall be received by the treasurer of Wake County, who shall be treasurer ex officio of the aforesaid school committee of Raleigh Township; and the said treasurer shall immediately upon receipt of such moneys report the same to the said school committee for apportionment as prescribed hereinafter. The moneys received as aforesaid shall be held by the said treasurer as a separate fund, to be disposed of alone under the direction of the aforesaid school committee, whose warrants, signed by the chairman and countersigned by the secretary of said committee, shall be sufficient vouchers for said treasurer in any settlement required of him by law. The said treasurer shall furnish annually to the finance committee of the board of aldermen of the City of Raleigh, at a time to be fixed by the said board, a statement supported by proper vouchers of all moneys received and disbursed on account of public schools in Raleigh Township, and if the said statement is found correct or incorrect by said finance committee, the chairman thereof shall certify a copy of the same, with a proper endorsement, to the said board of aldermen at the next regular meeting after said statement is furnished: Provided, that nothing herein shall be construed to conflict with the settlement required of said treasurer under the general school law of the State.

Sec. 5. The general bond now required by law of the aforesaid treasurer to protect public funds in his hands shall be an amount sufficient to include double the amount received to the credit of Raleigh Township on account of public schools, independent of the amount to secure the funds which may come into his hands from other sources. The said treasurer of the school committee of Raleigh township shall receive for his services as treasurer the compensation allowed by law for the receipt and disbursement of public school funds.

Sec. 6. The school committee provided for in this Act shall apportion the money raised or received for educational purposes in Raleigh Township as shall be just to the white and colored races, without discrimination in favor of or to the prejudice of either race, due regard being paid to the cost of keeping up the public schools for both races.

Sec. 7. That the said members of the school committee shall before entering upon the discharge of the duties of their office take an oath before the mayor of the City of Raleigh or some justice of the peace for Raleigh Township to faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of school committeemen of Raleigh Township. For any malfeasance within office the members of said committee shall be amenable to the board of aldermen of the City of Raleigh, which board shall have the power of dismissal in case of conviction.

Sec. 8. That the said committee shall make or cause to be made to the aforesaid board of aldermen an annual report of the census of the school population, of the work done and money expended under their direction in Raleigh Township on account of public schools, at the first meeting of said board after the conclusion of each school year; the beginning and end of said school year to be fixed by said board, and the clerk of said board shall immediately forward a copy of said report to the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina whenever it is received and accepted by said board.

Sec. 9. The school committee herein created shall be a body corporate by the name and style of "The School Committee of Raleigh Township, Wake County," and by that name shall, by permission of and under the direction of the said board of aldermen, be capable of receiving gifts and grants, of purchasing and holding real and personal estate, of selling, mortgaging and transferring the same for school purposes, of prosecuting and defending suits for or against the corporation, herein created. Conveyance to said school committee shall be to them and their successors in office.

Sec. 10. That all laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 11. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 25th day of February, 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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