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An Act for the Establishment of Graded Schools in the City of High Point.

1897 Public Laws: Chapter 392

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1897 - Pages 573-576.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the board of alderman of the city of High Point, Guilford County, shall, on the first Monday of the month of May next ensuing, submit to the qualified voters of said town the question of establishing graded schools for both races in said town, and the questionof issuing bonds for a sum not exceeding ten ($10,000.00) thousand dollars for the purpose of buying a lot or lots and erecting thereon suitable school buildings. The said board of alderman shall give thirty days notice of said election in the High Point Enterprise, a weekly newspaper published in said town, and post the same at four or more public places in said town.

Sec. 2. That the said election shall be held under the same rules and regulations as govern the election for mayor and alderman, under the charter of said town, on said first Monday of May next, and the qualified voters of said town shall vote at said election tickets on which shall be written or printed the words "for schools and bonds" or "against schools and bonds," and the result of said election shall be ascertained and declared under the same rules and regulations as govern and determines the result of the election of mayor and alderman.

Sec. 3. That for the purposes and benefits of this Act the city of High Point shall be a public school district for both white and colored, and is hereby named and designated as "The High Point Graded School District."

Sec. 4. That if a majority of the qualified voters of said town shall vote at said election in favor of schools and bonds, it shall be the duty of "the board of school commissioners of the city of High Point," provided for by this Act, and their successors, to levy annually a special tax not exceeding thirty-three and one-third cents on the one hundred dollars valuation of all the taxable property of said town, and upon the poll not exceeding one dollar, and said tax shall be collected annually by the tax collector as other taxes are collected.

Sec. 5. That it shall be the duty of said board of school commissioners of the said town to establish a graded school for white children and one for the colored children of said town, and apportion the funds derived from said special taxes or from any other source whatever, between said graded schools for white and colored children, so as to equalize school facilities between the two races.

Sec. 6. That it shall be the duty of the board of alderman of said town, and the said board of alderman is hereby authorized and fully empowered to issue coupon books of the city of High Point, not to exceed in amount the sum of ten ($10,000.00) thousand dollars, and in denominations of not less than fifty ($50.00) dollars, nor more than five ($500.00) hundred dollars, bearing interest from date of bonds at a rate not to exceed the rate of interest allowed by the general laws, and payable semi-annually on the first day of January and the first day of July of each year until the said bonds are paid; that the said bonds shall be made payable at a time to be fixed by the said board of alderman and named therein, not to be less than ten nor more than thirty years from date thereof: Provided, however, that the said board of alderman of the city of High Point may divide said bonds into classes as they may determine, and have them mature at different convenient dates between the limits aforesaid. It is further enacted that said bonds and their coupons shall be numbered and the bonds shall be signed by the mayor of the city of High Point and countersigned by the treasurer of said town and have the corporate seal of said town affixed thereto, and the coupons thereto attached shall be signed by the mayor of said town, and that a full record of said bonds shall be kept by the secretary of said board of alderman.

Sec. 7. That said bonds shall not be sold for less than their face value; that when issued said bonds shall be deposited with the treasurer of said town and shall not be delivered to any purchaser until the purchase money is paid in full and that the said treasurer and the sureties on his official bond shall be liable to account for and pay over the same as provided in this Act. It is further enacted that the said treasurer shall keep separate from all other public moneys coming into his hands the moneys arising from the sale of said bonds, and the moneys thus arising from the sale of said bonds shall be expended and exclusively applied by "the board of school commissioners of the city of High Point" to the purchase of a suitable lot or lots and the erection tliereon of suitable school buildings and the furnishing and equipping of the same for school purposes.

Sec. 8. That the special taxes mentioned in article 4 of this Act shall be paid over by the tax collector, after deducting such commissions as the board of school commissioners of said town shall allow him, to the treasurer of said town, and the said treasurer shall keep the moneys thus arising from special taxes separate and apart from other public moneys which may come into his hands and shall pay out the same for the exclusive use and benefit of said graded school only upon the warrant or order signed by the chairman of said the board of school commissioners and the mayor of said town, and the taeasurer shall pay out the money arising from the sale of said bonds only upon a warrant or order duly signed by the chairman of said board of school commissioners and the mayor of the town.

Sec. 9. That all public school funds derived from the state and county for the use and benefits of the public school districts of said town shall be paid to the treasurer of said town by the treasurer of Guilford County for the use and benefit of said graded schools, and the property both real and personal of said public districts shall become the property of said graded schools and shall be vested in the said board of school commissioners of the city of High Point in trust for said graded schools, and the said board of school commissioners for said town be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to sell the same either publicly or privately and apply the proceeds to said graded schools.

Sec. 10. That for the purpose of this Act there is created a board of school commissioners of the city of High Point, and this board shall consist of twelve members to be divided into three classes. The term of office of the first-class shall expire at the end of one year; the term of office of the second-class shall expire at the end of two years, and the term of office of the third-class shall expire at the end of three years, each class to date from the first Monday of May, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven. It is further enacted that J. C. Welch, F. N. Tate, W. H. Snow and D. C. Aldridge, be and they are hereby named and appointed in the first-class for the first year, beginning the first Monday of May, 1897; that W. H. Ragan, J. E. Cox, J. A. Lindsay and D. A. Stanton, be and they are hereby named and appointed in the second class for the year beginning with the first Monday of May, 1897, and that W. P. Pickett, W. G. Bradshaw, E. A. Snow and William Tate be and they are hereby named and appointed in the third-class for three years beginning the first Monday of May, 1897; and it is further enacted that upon the expiration of the terms above named and fixed the board of alderman of the said town shall elect annually thereafter successors in each class for one, two and three years respectively.

Sec. 11. That the board of school commissioners of the city of High Point shall have entire and exclusive control of the said graded school, shall employ and fix compensation of officers and teachers, shall make an accurate census of the school population of the said town as required by the general school law, and do all other acts that may be necessary, just and lawful for the successful management of said graded schools, and the board of school commissioners of the city of High Point shall be a body corporate under the name of "The Board of School Commissioners of the City of High Point," with power to sue, to be sued, to plead and be impleaded, and by that name shall be capable of receiving gifts, grants, of making purchases, of buying, holding and selling property, both real and personal, of mortgaging, transferring and conveying property, both real and personal, for school purposes, of prosecuting and defending suits for and against the corporation hereby created; conveyances, mortgages and all other instruments to the said board shall be made to them and their successors in office, and all deeds, mortgages and other agreements affecting real estate and personal property shall be deemed sufficiently executed when signed by the chairman of the said board of school commissioners and the mayor of said town.

Sec. 12. That it shall be the duty of the said board of school commissioners to make annually on or before Tuesday after first Monday in May of each year, a full and complete report of their operations to the mayor of said town.

Sec. 13. That the treasurer of the town and the tax collector shall, before entering upon the duties prescribed in this Act, enter into bonds with good and sufficient security in such sums as may be fixed and approved by the board of school commissioners and the mayor of the town.

Sec. 14. That all laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act be and the same are hereby repealed.

Sec. 15. That this Act shall take effect from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 9th day of March, A.D. 1897.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
A.F. Hileman, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1897.

I, Cyrus Thompson, Secretary of State, hereby certify that
the foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the original acts
and resolutions on file in this office.

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.



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