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An Act to Authorize the Establishment of Graded Schools in the Town of Salisbury and in the Township of Goldsboro.

1880 Public Laws: Chapter 27

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1880 - Pages 67-71.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. The commissioners for the town of Salisbury are hereby authorized to submit to the qualified voters of said town at such time and under such rules and regulations as the said commissioners may prescribe, whether an annual tax shall be levied therein for the support of one or more graded schools in said town. That: such qualified voters, at such election, are authorized to vote on written or printed ballots the words "for school" and "against school;" and the penalties for illegal and fraudulent voting in this election shall be the same, as in the annual elections for mayor and commissioners of the town of Salisbury.

Sec. 2. In case a majority of the qualified voters at such election shall be in favor of such tax, the same shall be levied and collected by the town authorities under the same rules and regulations by which other town taxes are levied and collected; and the tax collector shall be subject to the same liabilities for the collection and disbursement of said tax as he is or may be for other town taxes: Provided, that the special taxes so levied and collected shall not exceed for the first year one-fourth of one per cent, on the value of property, and seventy-five cents on the poll; and for each succeeding year shall not exceed one-fifth of one per cent, on the value of property, and sixty cents on the poll; and that the taxes thus levied and collected shall be applied exclusively for the support of "graded public schools," and shall not be appropriated or expended for any other purpose: And provided further, that all the taxes which shall be levied by said town for all purposes in any one year shall not exceed one-half of one per centum on property, and one dollar and fifty cents on the poll.

Sec. 3. The special taxes thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of white persons shall be expended in keeping up a graded public school for white persons of both sexes between the ages of six and twenty-one years; and the special taxes thus levied and collected from the taxable property and polls of colored persons shall be expended in keeping up a graded public school for colored persons of both sexes, between the ages of six and twenty-one years: Provided, that the "Salisbury graded school committee" shall have power to receive into the graded school for white persons any white pupil of either sex, without regard to age: and shall also have the power to admit to the graded school for colored persons any colored pupil of either sex, without regard to age.

Sec. 4. If a majority of the qualified voters of the town of Salisbury shall vote "for school" the commissioners for said town at their next regular meeting, and their successors in office at their first regular meeting in the month of June next, and annually thereafter shall elect three gentlemen of integrity and ability, qualified voters of said town, to constitute the "Salisbury Board of Education and Learning" and the said "Salisbury Board of Education and Learning," the school committee of school district No. 27, of Rowan County, and the mayor of the town of Salisbury, who ex-officio shall be chairman, but have no vote except in case of a tie, shall be, and are hereby created, a body corporate by the name of the "Salisbury Graded School Committee," which shall have full control and management of the "Salisbury Graded Schools;" and each member of said "Graded School Committee" shall continue in office until his successor shall be elected or appointed and qualified.

Sec. 5. The "Salisbury Graded School Committee" may sue and be sued, have a common seal, purchase and hold real and personal property not exceeding fifty thousand dollars in value, and may adopt any rules and regulations for its government not inconsistent with the laws of North Carolina.

Sec. 6. The principals and teachers of such graded public schools, shall not be subject to the restrictions and limitations as to salary prescribed by section fifty-one of chapter sixty-eight, of Battle's Revisal; but may be paid such compensation as the "Salisbury Graded School Committee" may deem just and proper.

Sec. 7. The commissioners for the town of Salisbury shall be authorized to sell, upon such terms as they may deem proper, the school house lot belonging to said town situated at the corner of Council and Church streets, adjacent to the English Cemetery, and may purchase such other lot or lots in behalf of said town of Salisbury, and may erect such buildings upon the same as they may think proper for the use of the public graded schools of said town.

Sec. 8. The board of commissioners for the county of Wayne, if, in their discretion, they may deem it advisable, is hereby authorized, with the assent of a majority of the qualified voters of the township of Goldsboro, to establish a graded school for white children, and a graded school for colored children in said township. The special taxes which may annually be levied for such schools shall not exceed one-fifth of one per cent, on property, and sixty cents on the poll. An election shall be held in said township on the first Monday in May, anno domini eighteen hundred and eighty, to determine whether a majority of the qualified voters of said township will assent to the payment of such annual special taxes for the purposes aforesaid. Each qualified voter shall vote a written or printed ballot with the words "for school" or "no school," and the election shall be conducted under the same rules, regulations and penalties as is prescribed by law for the election of members of the general assembly. The sheriff of the county of Wayne shall collect the taxes authorized by this section and his duties and liabilities shall be the same as is now provided by law for the collection and disbursement of the state and county taxes. The board of commissioners for Wayne County and the board of commissioners for the town of Goldsboro shall make such rules and regulations for the government of said graded schools, as they may in their discretion determine, not inconsistent with the laws of North Carolina. The taxes raised from the property and polls of white persons shall be appropriated exclusively to a graded school for white persons, and the taxes raised from the property and polls of colored persons shall be appropriated exclusively to a graded school for colored persons.

Sec. 9. This Act shall be in force from its ratification.

Read three times in the general assembly, and ratified the 29th day of March, A.D. 1880.

Thomas J. Jarvis, Governor
John M. Moring, Speaker of the House of Representatives
James L. Robinson, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 1, 1880.

I, William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing are true copies of the original
acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.



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