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An Act to Establish Public Schools for the Town of Littleton, with a Special Tax Supplemental Thereto.

1889 Public Laws: Chapter 254

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1889 - Pages 265-267.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That all the territory embraced within a radius of two and one-half (2-1/2) miles from the centre of the town of Littleton, which lies partly in the county of Halifax and partly in the county of Warren, shall be and is hereby constituted a public school district, and shall be called "the Littleton supplemental public schools for the white and colored races."

Sec. 2. That the board of commissioners of Halifax County, upon the written application of a majority of the board of trustees of said school district, is hereby authorized and directed to submit, on the first Monday in May, 1889, to the qualified voters of said school district embraced in said county of Halifax, under such rules and regulations as they may prescribe, the question whether an annual tax shall be levied therein for the support of supplemental public schools for white and colored of said district. Each voter shall vote a written or printed ballot with the words "for school" or "no school" thereon, and said election shall be conducted under the same rules, regulations and penalties as are prescribed by law for the election for members of the General Assembly.

Sec. 3. That the board of commissioners of Warren County, on the written application of a majority of the board of trustees of said school district, is hereby authorized [and] directed to submit, on the first Monday in May, 1889, to the qualified voters of said school district embraced in said county of Warren, under such rules and regulations as they may prescribe, the question whether an annual tax shall be levied therein for the support of said schools for white and colored of said district. Such voter shall vote a written or printed ballot with the words "for school" or "no school" thereon, and said election shall be conducted under the same rules, regulations and penalties as are prescribed by law for the election of members of the General Assembly.

Sec. 4. That in the event a majority of the qualified voters of said district shall vote in favor of such tax, the same shall be levied and collected in the same manner as provided by law for the levying and collecting of State and county taxes. The sheriff of Halifax County shall collect the taxes of said school district embraced in the territory lying in the county of Halifax, and the sheriff of Warren County shall collect the taxes of said school district embraced in the territory lying in the county of Warren; and the said sheriffs shall pay over the same to the treasurers of their respective counties under the same liabilities as are now provided by law for the collection and paying over of county school taxes: Provided, that the special tax so levied and collected shall not exceed one-twelfth (1/12) of one per centum on the property and one-fourth (1/4) of a dollar on the poll.

Sec. 5. That the special taxes thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of said school district shall be expended in keeping up public schools in said district for the white and colored races of both sexes, between the ages of six and twenty-one years of age, and the said special taxes shall be equally divided between the schools for white and colored—one-half (1/2) to the school for the white race and one-half (1/2) to the school for the colored race.

Sec. 6. That Dr. Willis Alston, Jno. B. Leach, Wm. A. Johnston, M. V. Perry, B. R. Browning, W. F. Young, M. E. Hall and Alexander Brown, be and they are hereby constituted a board of trustees for said school district, and they are hereby authorized and directed to establish at least two public schools in said district, one distinct and separate and apart for the white race, and the other separate and apart for the colored race. That said board shall have power to fill all vacancies that may occur in said board, to employ teachers and do all such acts as may be necessary to carry on said schools, and shall receive no compensation for their services.

Sec. 7. That the per capita part of the school fund of the county raised under the general school law shall be applied to keeping up the public schools established by this Act in said district, and shall be by said board of trustees disbursed and equally divided between the schools for the white and colored races—one-half for a school for the white race and one-half for a school for the colored race. The trustees and the principals of the said schools shall make to the county superintendents the reports required by the general school law to be made by committees and teachers.

Sec. 8. That no trustee of said schools shall, while acting as such, be a teacher therein.

Sec. 9. That the board of trustees are authorized and empowered to purchase and hold for the purposes of said schools buildings and suitable grounds, or to purchase suitable lots and erect buildings thereon, within the corporate limits of the town of Littleton, and pay for the same out of the public school money for said district: Provided, however, that said schools shall not be located nearer each other than one thousand yards.

Sec. 10. That in the event that a majority of the qualified voters of said district vote against the special tax provided for in this Act, then, and in that case, no special tax shall be levied or collected; but such vote shall not have the effect to annul this Act or any portion of it, except the said special tax clause; and the board of trustees are hereby authorized and directed, as early as may be after the ratification of this Act, to put in operation and carry on said schools with the public school money of said district.

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

Ratified the 5th day of March, A.D. 1889.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Augustus Leazar, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 6, 1889.

I, William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the
foregoing are true copies of the original acts and resolutions on file
in this office.

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.



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