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An Act to Establish Public Schools in Chadbourn Township, with a Special Tax Supplemental Thereto.

1899 Public Laws: Chapter 472

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1899 - Pages 608-611.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That all that territory embraced in the following boundaries: Beginning at a point where the Whiteville and Fair Bluff Road crosses Hayes Branch, the corner of lot number seventy-four of the Sunny South colony, and runs south to the W. C. and A. [Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta] Railroad; thence east with the W. C. and A. Railroad to the corner of the Jenning's land; thence with the west line of said land to lot number one hundred and twelve of Sunny South Colony; thence with the east line of lots number one hundred and eleven and one hundred and twelve and extending south to the north line of John Thompson's land; thence along the east and north lines so as to include all of said John Thompson's tract to the new county road to Phipps' lands; thence alone: the south line so as to include Phipps' land and F. D. Clem's; thence continuing west along with the new county road to the south line of lot number two hundred and twenty five; thence along the south line of lots number two hundred and twenty-three, two hundred and twenty-four, two hundred and twenty-five to the northwest corner of lot number two hundred and twenty-three; thence north along west line of number two hundred and twenty-three, two hundred and thirteen and two hundred and ten to the northwest corner of lot number two hundred and ten; thence east to the canal; thence north with the canal and Bacon Branch to the northwest corner of lot three hundred and two; thence east along the line of lots number three hundred and one, three hundred and two to the northeast corner of lot number three hundred and one to the west line of Beaty Blake's land; thence north along the west line of Beaty Blake's and Thomas Blake so as to include their lands to the west line of lot number seventy two; thence along the said line to the northeast corner of lot thirty eight so as to include lots number thirty-eight, seventy-one and seventy-two; thence due south with the east line of lot number thirty-eight to the northwest corner of lot number twenty-seven; thence due east to the northeast corner of lot number twenty-one; thence with the north line of said lot to the northwest corner of lot number twenty-two; thence south to the southwest corner of lot number twenty-one; thence with the south line of lot number twenty-one to the southwest corner of lot number twenty; thence due south to the Whiteville and Fair Bluff Road; thence with said road to the beginning, shall be and is hereby constituted a public school district and shall be called "The Chadbourn Supplemental Public School for the White and Colored Races."

Sec. 2. That the board of commissioners of Columbus 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 Thursday in May, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and any year thereafter, to the qualified voters of said school district embraced in said county of Columbus under such rules and regulations as now exist for the election of mayor and commissioners of the town of Chadbourn the question whether an annual tax shall be levied therein for the support of supplemental public schools for white and colored races of said district. Each voter shall vote a written or printed ballot with the words "For school" or "No school" thereon.

Sec. 3. 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 by the board of commissioners of Columbus County and collected in the same manner as provided by law for the levying and collecting of state and county taxes. The sheriff of Columbus County shall collect the taxes of said school district and pay over the same to the treasurer of Columbus County 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 thirty cents on each one hundred dollars worth of real and personal property and ninety cents on each poll in said district.

Sec. 4. That in order to ascertain the value of lands and other real property situated in said school district when the whole of said lands and other real property does not lie in said school district but part in another district the county commissioners appoint three disinterested freeholders and residents of said district who shall assess the part or parts of lands and other real property which shall lie in said school district for taxes, and shall report the value so assessed by them to the authorities legally empowered to levy taxes and the value so reported shall be the basis on which said special taxes to be levied under this Act shall be levied. And in ad cases where the whole of any lands or other property lies within the boundaries of said school district the value of the same as assessed for state and county taxes shall be the basis upon which taxes shall be levied under this Act for school purposes.

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 so used and expended as to give the children of each race an equal number of months of school.

Sec. 6. That R. E. L. Brown, William Stailey and Frank Westley be and they are hereby constituted a board of trustees for said school district and shall hold their offices till the first Tuesday in May, eighteen hundred and ninety-nine, and until their successors are duly elected and qualified as hereinafter set out, 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 during the year, 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 there shall be held annually on the first Tuesday in May an election in said school district under the same rules as now exist or may be hereafter established for the holding of elections in the town of Chadbourn, at which there shall be elected by the qualified voters of said school district three school trustees who shall I hold their office for one year and till their successors are duly elected and qualified.

Sec. 8. 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 as set out in section five of this Act.

Sec. 9. That no trustees of said schools shall while acting as such be a teacher therein.

Sec. 10. 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 Chadbourn, 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 five hundred yards.

Sec. 11. That the board of trustees aforesaid and their successors may admit as pupils in said schools children who reside out of the boundaries of said school district upon the payment of such sums as shall be fixed by said board of trustees.

Sec. 12. That the board of trustees aforesaid may fix the scale of prices for subjects other than those required to be taught under the general school law for the requirements of public schools, the said prices to be paid by the pupils resident in said school district and such others as may be admitted under the provisions of section eleven.

Sec. 13. That the said board of trustees shall have the right to assess each pupil of the said district in a sum not exceeding fifty cents for each term of public school for incidental and other purposes.

Sec. 14. That the board of trustees of said school district shall not be subject to any restrictions or limitations as to the salary of teachers employed by them prescribed by any law or statute, but may pay the teachers employed such compensation as the board of trustees may deem just and proper.

Sec. 15. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 6th day of March, 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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