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An Act in Relation to the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind.

1881 Public Laws: Chapter 211

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1881 - Pages 410-414.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the institution for the education of the deaf and dumb and the blind located in the city of Raleigh, on Caswell Square, and on lot located in the eastern part of the city, belonging to the state, and on which the institution for the colored children is located, shall be, and the same is, and shall remain a corporation under the name and style of "The North Carolina Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind," and shall be under the management of a board of trustees and principal.

Sec. 2. The governor shall, by and with the consent of the senate, appoint seven trustees for said institution, and they shall, at their first meeting after the ratification of this Act, elect of their number trustees to be classified as follows: The first class to consist of three, and their terms shall be for six years; the second class of two, and their terms shall be for four years; the third class consisting of two, shall hold for two years: Provided, That when the terms shall expire, their successors shall be appointed for six years: And provided, That the trustees shall hold until their successors are appointed and confirmed by the senate.

Sec. 3. The board of trustees shall organize by electing one of their number president and three an executive committee. The terms of office in each case shall be for two years. They shall elect a principal, who shall be ex-officio secretary of the board, and whose term of office shall be for three years, also a steward and physician whose term shall be for two years, and such other officers, agents and teachers as shall be deemed necessary. The compensation for officers and agents and teachers, mentioned in this section, shall be fixed by the board, and shall not be increased nor reduced during their term of service. The board shall have power to erect any and all buildings necessary, make improvements, or in general do all matters and things which may be beneficial to the good government of the institution, and to this end may make by-laws for the government of the same.

Sec. 4. The board shall meet at stated times and also at such other times as they may deem necessary.

Sec. 5. The board of trustees shall, on application, receive in the institution for the purpose of education, in the main department, all white deaf mute and blind children, and in the department for the colored all colored deaf mutes and blind children, residents of this state not of confirmed immoral character, nor imbecile or unsound in mind, or incapacitated by physical infirmity for useful instruction, who are between the age of eight and twenty-one years: Provided, That applications shall be made and applicants received at stated times, and shall be at the commencement of some scholastic year. In case of deaf mutes the following questions shall be answered:

Name?
Is the child white or colored?
When and where was he born?
Was he born deaf?
At what age did he lose his hearing?
By what disease or accident did he become deaf?
Is the deafness total or partial?
Have any attempts been made to remove the deafness?
Is there any ability to articulate or read on the lips?
Have any attempt been made to communicate instruction?
Is he laboring under any bodily infirmity?
Does he show any signs of mental imbecility or idiocy?
Has he had the small-pox or been vaccinated?
Has he had the scarlet fever?
Has he had the measles?
Has he had the mumps?
Has he had the whooping-cough?
Are there any other cases of deafness in the family?
Are there any cases of deafness among relatives or ancestors?
What is the name of the father?
What is the name of the mother?
What is the occupation of the father?
What is his post-office address?
Is either of the parents dead?
Has a second connection been formed by marriage?
Was there any relationship between the parents previous to marriage?

In case of blind applicants, the following questions shall be answered:

Name?
Is the child white or colored?
When and where was he born?
Was he born blind?
At what age did he become blind?
By what disease or accident did he become blind?
Is the blindness total or partial?
Have any attempts been made to remove the blindness?
Have any attempts been made to communicate instruction?
Is he laboring under any bodily infirmity?
Does be show any signs of mental imbecility or idiocy?
Has he had the small-pox or been vaccinated?
Has he had the scarlet fever?
Has he had the measles?
Has he had the mumps?
Has he had the whooping-cough?
Are there any other cases of blindness in the family?
Are there any cases of blindness among relatives or ancestors?
What is the name of the father?
What is the name of the mother?
What is the occupation of the father?
What is his post-office address?
Is either of the parents dead?
Has a second connection been formed by marriage?
Was there any relationship between the parents previous to marriage?

When the application is made, it shall be filed in the office of the principal, and on reception of applicant, a record of such pupil shall be made and entered in a book to be kept for that purpose.

Sec. 6. The board may, on such terms as they deem proper admit as pupils persons from any other state of like infirmity: Provided, That such power shall not be exercised to the exclusion of any child of this state, and that the person so admitted shall not acquire the condition of residents of the state by virtue of such pupilage.

Sec. 7. The board may, upon the recommendation of the principal and faculty, confer such degree or marks of literary distinction as may be thought best to encourage merit.

Sec. 8. The board of trustees shall, on the second Monday in June, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one and every three years thereafter, elect an officer to be known and styled as principal. He shall be a married man, of good moral character, and qualified by education and experience to perform the duties of the position. He shall have charge of the institution in all its departments; do and perform such duties and exercise such supervision as is incumbent upon such officer. The officers, agents, and teachers mentioned in section three of this Act shall be elected at same time for their respective terms: Provided, That this shall not apply to the president of the board nor executive committee.

Sec. 9. The state treasurer shall be ex-officio treasurer of the institution. He shall report to the board at such times as they may call on him, showing the amount received on account of the institution, amount paid out and amount on hand. The board shall make a report to the governor on the first of January next before the regular meeting of the legislature, showing the condition of the institution in its various departments. They shall give any information the governor shall desire from time to time.

Sec. 10. The board shall have power to remove any officer mentioned in this act for gross immorality, wilful neglect of duty, or any other good and sufficient cause, but in any such case notice in writing of the charges shall be served on the accused, proved and entered on record. They shall fill all vacancies which may occur from any cause.

Sec. 11. The principal shall have power to employ all employees and fix their compensation, and to discharge them at pleasure.

Sec. 12. Sections one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen and fifteen, of chapter six, Battle's Revisal, are hereby repealed.

Sec. 13. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Read three times in the general assembly, and ratified this the 5th day of March, A.D. 1881.

Thomas J. Jarvis, Governor
Charles M. Cooke, 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, May 14th, 1881.

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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