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An Act to Establish Graded Schools in the Town of Mount Olive, North Carolina.

1899 Public Laws: Chapter 525

Public Laws and Resolutions of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1899 - Pages 716-718.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That all the territory embraced within the following bounds shall be and is hereby constituted "The Mount Olive Graded School District," commencing at the centre of the Mount Olive and White Hall Road, at the Duplin County line, and running with said Duplin and Wayne line westward to the old sawdust pile at the forks of the road at Everitt Lane's corner; thence with said Lane's line to Alex. Sasser's corner; thence with said Sasser's line northeastward to the Mount Olive and Thunder Swamp Road; thence with said road to the northwestern line of O. S. King; thence with said King's line to the run of Thunder Swamp; thence down said swamp to Mary Harrell's corner; thence with Mary Harrell's and E. J. Martin's line to the FayettevilIe Road; thence with said road eastward to the Mount Olive and Goldsboro Roads; thence a direct line to the corner of D. E. Newall and R. Kornegay; thence with said Newall and Kornegay's line to the run of Still Branch; thence down said branch to the Duplin County line; thence with the said Duplin County line to the beginning.

Sec. 2. That the board of commissioners of Wayne County are hereby authorized to submit to the qualified voters of said graded school district within three months after the ratification of this Act at an election to be held in the town of Mount Olive, the question whether an annual tax shall be levied for the graded schools of said district.

Sec. 3. That at the election held under the provisions of this Act, those favoring the levying of such tax shall vote a written or printed ballot without device with the words "For schools" upon it, and those opposed to the levying of such tax shall vote a written or printed ballot without device with the words "Against schools" upon it. The penalty for illegal or fraudulent voting shall be the same as in the election for members of the general assembly. The board of county commissioners shall give thirty days' notice of the time of holding said election in a newspaper published in the said graded school district.

Sec. 4. That if the inspectors of said election shall certify that a majority of the votes cast are in favor of said tax, the same shall be levied by the board of county commissioners and collected by the sheriff or tax collector under the same rules and regulations under which other school taxes are levied and collected, and the sheriff or tax collector shall be subject to the same liabilities for the collection and disbursement of said taxes as he is or may be for other school taxes, and he shall receive as compensation for such services two per centum commission: Provided: that special taxes so levied and collected shall not exceed forty cents on the one hundred dollars' valuation of property and one dollar and twenty cents on each poll. The said sheriff or tax collector shall pay the amount of money so collected under this Act to a treasurer elected by the board of trustees of said graded school district, as hereinafter provided for.

Sec. 5. That the special taxes levied and collected under this Act shall be expended in keeping up separate graded schools for the white and colored children in said district between the ages of six and twenty-one years.

Sec. 6. That the following persons shall constitute the board of trustees of said graded schools and shall hold office for the terms following their names: H. T. Ham and W. E. Stevens, two years from the date of their election; C. B. Price and R. Kornegay, four years from the date of their election; H. G. Williamson and M. McI. Tatum, six years from the date of their election; and all vacancies occurring in said board of trustees from any cause shall be filled by said board of trustees for the term of six years, except in case of death or resignation, and in the event of either of these cases for the unexpired term of trustee so dying or resigning; said board of trustees shall have power to employ and fix the compensation of a superintendent for both or either of said graded schools, and such teachers as are necessary, and to do all such other acts as are necessary to carry on said schools.

Sec. 7. That said board of trustees shall elect a treasurer, who shall hold his office for two years, and he shall give a good and sufficient bond in the sum of three thousand dollars, to be approved and accepted by the said board of trustees, and the same shall be filed and recorded as other official bonds.

Sec. 8. That the moneys received as aforesaid shall be held by the treasurer to be disposed of under the direction of said board of trustees, whose warrants signed by the chairman and countersigned by the secretary of said board of trustees shall be the only valid voucher in the hands of said treasurer for the disbursement of the said money in any settlement required of him by law.

Sec. 9. That the public school money which may from time to time be collected and apportioned under the general school law for general school purposes for the children in said district, and moneys to which said school district may be entitled by reason of any special tax, gift, grant, apportionment or otherwise, shall be paid to the treasurer elected by the board of trustees of said school district, and shall be applied to keeping up said graded schools under order and direction of the board of trustees of said graded schools.

Sec. 10. That the beginning and ending of the school year shall be fixed by the said board of trustees.

Sec. 11. That the property, both real and personal, of the public schools of said school district shall become the property of said graded schools, and shall be vested in said board of trustees and their successors in trust for said graded schools: Provided, that in the case of the discontinuance of said graded schools all of the property thereto belonging shall revert to and become the property of the said public schools of said district.

Sec. 12. That the board of trustees shall publish in a newspaper published in the graded school district an annual itemized statement of the receipts and expenditures of said board of trustees on account and for the said graded schools.

Sec. 13. That all laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 14. 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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