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An Act to Establish Washington Avenue Supplemental School District.

1899 Public Laws: Chapter 504

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1899 - Pages 655-657.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That all the territory embraced in the following boundaries: Beginning at the northwest corner of lot number forty nine of the Sunny South Colony tract, running thence past along the northern boundary of said lot to the southwest corner of G. W. Babson's land; thence with Babson's line to the northeast corner of Babson's tract, so as to include said Babson's tract; thence along the northern boundary of James Newman's land to Chadbourn township line; thence south along the east line of said township to the southeast corner of M. M. Walker's land; thence westwardly along the south line of the tracts of land belonging to M. M. Walker, P. A Cowen, E. W. Millican and B. S. Fisher to the south line of Williamson or Jennings land to the line of the Chadbourn supplemental school districts; thence with said line to the beginning, shall be and is hereby constituted a public school district and shall be called "The Washington Avenue Supplemental District."

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 Tuesday 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 exist for the election of members of the general assembly, 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 schools" or "No schools" 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 shall 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 all 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 to the children of each race an equal number of months of school.

Sec. 6. That M. F. Leonhart, G. W. Babson and E. A. Pipher 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 county of Columbus, at which there shall be elected by the qualified voters of said school district three school trustees, who shall hold their offices 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 on [out] in section five of this Act.

Sec. 9. That no trustee of said school 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 Washington Avenue Supplemental School District 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 [sum] as shall be fixed by said board of trustees.

Sec. 12. That the board of trustees aforesaid may fix a 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 provision 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 for each term of public school for incidentals and other purposes.

Sec. 14. That the board of trustees of said school district shall not be subject to any restrictions or limitation 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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