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An Act to Establish a School for the White Deaf and Dumb Children of North Carolina.

1891 Public Laws: Chapter 399

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1891 - Pages 468-470.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That there shall be established a school for the white deaf and dumb children of the state under the corporate name of "The North Carolina School for the Deaf and Dumb," to be located upon the grounds donated for that purpose near the town of Morganton.

Sec. 2. That said school shall be under the control and management of a board of directors consisting of seven members, who shall be elected by the general assembly and hold their office for the term of six years; said board shall be divided into three classes, and of those first three shall hold for six years, two for four years and two for two years, and, thereafter elections shall be had to fill the classes as they become vacant. If any vacancy shall occur by death, removal or other cause the same shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of the governor; said directors shall hold their office until their successors shall be elected and qualified but not more than two of them shall be from the same county.

Sec. 3. The board of directors shall organize by appointing one of their number president, and three an executive committee who shall hold for two years. They shall elect a superintendent who shall be ex officio secretary of the board and whose term of office shall be three years, and such other officers, agents and teachers as shall be deemed necessary. The compensation for officers, agents and teachers shall be fixed by the board and shall not be increased nor reduced during their term of service. The superintendent shall be a married man of good moral character, and qualified by education and experience to perform the duties of the position subject to the control of the board; he shall have charge of the institution in all its departments, and perform such duties and exercise such supervision as is incumbent upon such officer.

Sec. 4. That the board of directors shall meet for the purpose of organization in the town of Morganton on the first Wednesday in April, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one, and after organization shall proceed to cause to be elected [erected] as soon as practicable suitable building and improvements, and do all other things necessary within the scope of this Act to provide for the opening of said school as soon as practicable with the means at their command; and for the purpose of erecting such building and making such improvements, in addition to the amount contributed by the citizens and town of Morganton, the sum of ten thousand dollars is hereby appropriated for the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one, and the like sum for the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-two, to be paid by the state treasurer out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Sec. 5. That as soon as said school shall be ready to receive pupils, the board shall cause to be removed thereto the white deaf and dumb pupils which may then be in the institution for the deaf and dumb and blind in the city of Raleigh, and if said school shall open before the expiration of the fiscal years for which the appropriation for said institution for the deaf, dumb and blind made at this session of the general assembly was granted, then the just portion of such unexpended appropriation as would go to the support of the deaf and dumb, to be determined by the boards of the two institutions, shall be turned over to the use of the North Carolina School for the Deaf and Dumb under the discretion of its board.

Sec. 6. The board of trustees shall, according to such reasonable regulations as they may prescribe, on application, receive into the school for the purposes of education all white deaf mutes residents of the state not of confirmed immoral character, nor imbecile or unsound in mind or incapacitated by physical infirmity for useful instruction, who are between the ages of eight and twenty-three years.

Sec. 7. They shall provide for the instruction of all pupils in the branches of study now prescribed by law for the public schools of the state and in such other branches as may be of special benefit to the deaf and dumb. As soon as practicable, the boys shall be instructed and trained in such mechanical pursuits as may be suited to them, and in practical agriculture and subjects relating thereto; and the girls shall be instructed in sewing, house-keeping and such art and industrial branches as may be useful to them in making themselves self-supporting.

Sec. 8. That the board of directors shall conduct the school in such way, as far as practicable, as to make it self-sustaining.

Sec. 9. That the board are hereby authorized to make such arrangements with the board of directors of the state hospital at Morganton as may be agreed upon to promote convenience and economy for joint water-supply and lighting arrangements.

Sec. 10. That the board shall have power to make such by-laws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this Act and the laws of the state, as may be necessary for the proper management of said school and its officers.

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

Ratified the 7th day of March, A.D. 1891.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Rufus A. Doughton, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 13, 1891.

I, Octavius Coke, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the fore-
going are true copies of the original acts and resolutions on file in
this office.

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.

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