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CHAPTER XIV. AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE INCORPORATED TOWNS AND CITIES TO ESTABLISH SYSTEMS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Be it further enacted, That the Clerk of the town or city, establishing a system of Public Scliow!s, shall be ex-officio Secretary of the Board of school commissioners, and shall discharge the duties of such under a penalty of ten dollars for every failure, to be collected as other fines, and paid to the school fund; and if there be no such Clerk of the corporation, the Board of school commissioners shall elect one of their own number Secretary, and it shall be the duty of the Secretary to attend all meetings of the Board, to record its proceedings in a book kept for that purpose, to issue notices, countersign warrarfts, and have his records open to the public inspection, And he may receive for hiv : ervices such compensation as the Board may allow, fac, 8 Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of Lue Board of school commissioners of every town or city, to number the white children of the corporation between the ages of 6und 21, and as soon as they receive a statement of the amount of money appropriated for schools for any one year, to provide first for primary schools for all the. children who need them, and if, after such provision, there be other finds, they may be used for schools of higher grade, and all the white children of the corporation, between the ages of 6 and 21, shall be entitled to attend the publie schools which they are qualified to ent.r: Provided, That the grades in the schoo] shall regularly ascend, and the school commissioners shall be required to establish the lowest first, and next the schools of the next higher grade, and so on upward,