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An Act for the Maintenance of the University of North Carolina.

1885 Public Laws: Chapter 143

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1885 - Pages 226-228.

Whereas, by section six, article ninth, of the constitution of the State, it is provided that the General Assembly may make such provisions, laws and regulations as may be necessary and expedient for the maintenance and management of the University; and whereas, it is further provided in section fourteen of said article that as soon as practicable after the adoption of the constitution, the General Assembly shall establish and maintain in connection with the University a department of agriculture, of mechanics, of mining and of normal instruction; and whereas, the trustees of the University find that the income now at their disposal is insufficient to maintain the institution on its present basis, and are prevented from want of means from introducing as much theoretical and practical instruction as is necessary to carry out the purposes of the constitution and supply the educational needs of the State; and whereas, an efficient system of public schools cannot be obtained without competent teachers for the same, and it is of supreme importance to the well being of the State that its young men of all pursuits shall be able to receive the advantages of higher education within its own limits at moderate expense:

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the sum of fifteen thousand dollars shall be appropriated out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, payable to the treasurer of the University of North Carolina in equal quarterly instalments on the first days of April, July, October and January of each and every year, beginning with the first day of April, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-five, said money as well as that already appropriated to be used and applied by the trustees aforesaid to the maintenance of the University and the fulfilment of its constitutional obligations: Provided, that the two thousand dollars now appropriated to the University normal school be placed at the disposal of the board of education for the aid of other normal schools now existing, or hereafter to be established.

Sec. 2. Section two thousand six hundred and thirty-five of The Code providing for county students binding themselves to teach is hereby repealed, and the students who have made the promise therein required are released from their obligations.

Sec. 3. Where in any county there are two or more applicants for free tuition under section two thousand six hundred and thirty-three of The Code, it shall be the duty of the board of commissioners to notify the county superintendent of the fact, who shall hold a competitive examination of all applicants, after proper notice to all of them who may be known, and by general advertisement at the court house door and such other places as he may think proper. The county superintendent shall report to the board the name of the applicant who shows by such examination the greatest capacity for usefulness, and the board shall confer on him the appointment, if he is otherwise qualified. The board shall have power to associate with the county superintendent one other examiner, and those two may appoint a third, in which event the judgment of a majority shall be accepted by the board.

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the trustees of the University to cause annual reports to be made to the Governor, to be transmitted by him to the General Assembly, showing the receipts of the institution from all sources, and the expenditures thereof, with the objects for which said expenditures are made.

Sec. 5. This Act shall take effect from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 26th 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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