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An Act to Establish a Graded School in a New District in the Town of Dobson and Provide for a Special Assessment of Taxes and Authorize Said District to Issue Bonds.

1899 Public Laws: Chapter 329

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1899 - Pages 465-468.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That a new school district be and the same is hereby established in the town of Dobson, in Surry county, bounded as follows: Beginning at the nothwest corner of the present boundary line of the corporate limts of the town of Dobson, west of the Dobson and Haystack Road, and running with the line of the corporate limits of said town in a southwesterly direction to the forks of the road above A.R. Folgers on the Dobson and Kappo Road; thence in southerly direction a straight line to a point on the upper Elkin Road, at the northwest corner of T. C. Cooper's field; thence a straight line to the fork of the Rockford Road, south of R. F. McGriffin's; thence a straight line to the southwest corner of Richard Collins land; thence north to the southwest corner of Hines plaoe or W. R. Martin; thence east a straight line to the plat of the town of Dobson; thence northwest with the line of the plat of the town of Dobson to the road leading to the tenant house of L. G. Waugh; thence northeast with said road to L. G. Waugh's stable; thence northwest a straight line to a branch; thence a straight line southwestern direction to the northeast corner of the plat of the town of Dobson; thence a northerly direction with R. Snow's line to his northeast corner; thence a westerly direction with said Snow's line to the Dobson and Mount Airy Road; thence due north to the line of the corporate limits of the town of Dobson; thence in a westerly direction along said line to the Dobson and Haystack Road; thence in a southerly direction along the east side of said road to a point opposite to the northeast corner of H. F. Comer's lot in the town of Dobson; thence west to the public spring; thence in a northerly direction to the northwest corner of Susan Gray's lot; thence east with her line to the west side of the said Dobson and Haystack Road; thence northwest along: the west side of said road to the corporate limit line of said town of Dobson; thence west with said line to the beginning.

Sec. 2. That the board of commissioners of the town of Dobson on first Tuesday of April, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine may submit to the qualified voters in said territory in said town of Dobson, under such rules and regulations as they may prescribe, whether an annual tax shall be levied for the establishment and support of a graded school to be known as the "Dobson High School" for said district. That such qualified voters of such election shall vote a ticket on which shall be written or printed the words "For school" or "Against school." In case a majority of the qualified voters in such election shall favor the tax the same shall be levied and collected by the authorities of the town of Dobson, and the tax collector appointed by the board of town commissioners of said town of Dobson shall have the same power and authority and receive the same compensation and be subject to the same liabilities for the collection of taxes within said district as a county collector is by law for other taxes. The taxes thus levied and collected shall not exceed one half of one per centum and the taxes on the poll shall be equal to the amount levied on three hundred dollars worth of property, and that all moneys arising from the special assessment herein provided for shall be levied by the board of education on the property and polls within said school district, and the town collector after having executed a bond duly approved by the board of education within said district shall collect such taxes and pay the same over to the treasurer of said board of education. All moneys appropriated or apportioned by the county or state to said district shall likewise be turned over by the treasurer of Surry County to the treasurer of said board of education.

Sec. 3. That the board of town commissioners of said town of Dobson shall elect four persons who shall constitute a board of education for said district; of these two shall be elected for one year and two for two years, and at the expiration of each term their successors shall be elected for two years. The mayor of the town of Dobson shall be ex officio chairman of the board of education, but shall have no vote on any matter except in case of a tie.

Sec. 4. The members of the board of education so elected shall within three days after their election meet together and organize, electing one of their number as clerk and another as treasurer; but before entering upon the discharge of their duties each member of the board shall take and subscribe to an oath to faithfully discharge all the duties and obligations devolving upon them as members of said board of education, and the treasurer shall enter into a penal bond in such sum as may be prescribed by said board of education, and when the same is approved by them the treasurer shall enter into the discharge of his duties, receiving and receipting for all moneys due or paid in to said district, and paying the same out by order of the said board upon a warrant drawn by the clerk naming the appropriate fund, signed by the mayor as ex officio chairman and attested by the clerk. The treasurer shall also make out a full and complete financial statement annually on the first Monday in December and post the same at the court house in the town of Dobson.

Sec. 5. That in case a majority of the qualified voters within said district shall favor the tax as set out in section two of this Act, that said board of education are hereby authorized and empowered, for the purpose of building, establishing and equipping a graded school at once if they should so determine, to issue school bonds for said district, to be known as Dobson High School bonds, to an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars in such denominations as they deem advisable, bearing interest from date thereof at a rate not exceeding six per centum per annum, with interest coupons attached payable half yearly at such time and place as they may deem advisable, such bonds to be of such forms and tenor and transferable in such way, and the principal thereof payable and redeemable at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from date thereof and at such place or places as the board of education may determine. Said bonds to be signed by the mayor as ex officio chairman of the board of education and attested by the clerk of said board.

Sec. 6. That none of the bonds authorized by this Act shall be disposed of for less than par value, nor shall said bonds or their proceeds be used for any other purpose except as herein specified. The board of education shall set apart for the special purpose of a building fund the sum of four hundred dollars, which shall be used for buying, building or adding to other buildings; they may acquire a suitable school building and the furnishing of same within said district; they shall also set apart a sum sufficient to pay the first year's interest on said bonds, and the remainder, with the exception of ten per centum reserved for incidental purposes, shall be used for the purpose of paying teachers salaries and no other.

Sec. 7. That the taxes levied and collected and received by said board of education under section two of this Act, together with all tuition fees, shall be apportioned by said board annually on the first Monday of February in the following manner, to-wit: First, a sufficient sum shall be set apart for the purpose of paying the annual interest on the bonds aforesaid, to be called the interest fund; second, a similar amount shall be set apart for the paying off and discharging said bonds, to be called a sinking fund, both of above named funds to continue until the bonded indebtedness is discharged and no longer; third, the remainder of all moneys so received shall be set apart as a teachers' fund, excepting, fourth, that ten per centum of the last-named fund may be set apart as an incidental fund; and that all of said funds shall be used for their own special purpose and no other.

Sec. 8. That the board of education for said district shall as soon as they determine to open the school elect such teachers as may be necessary to carry on the work they have in charge and fix the term of school and fix the salary of each teacher at such amount as they deem proper, any other law to the contrary notwithstanding, and shall have such power to make and prescribe such by-laws, rules and regulations as may be necessary for the government of the school.

Sec. 9. That all white children of both sexes between the ages of six and twenty-one years having parents or guardians who are residents within the limits aforesaid shall be admitted free of tuition in said school. All children residing outside of the limits of said district may be admitted as pupils therein upon the payment of such rates of tuition as may be established by the board of education: Provided, that children whose parents or guardians own property and pay tax on the same within said district may be admitted free of tuition.

Sec. 10. This Act to take effect and be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 28th day of February, A.D. 1899.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Henry Groves Connor, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1899.

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

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.



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