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CHAPTER 442 AN ACT TO ESTABLISH GRADED SCHOOLS IN THE TOWN OF ORIENTAL, NORTH CAROLINA, IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER ONE, TOWNSHIP NUMBER FIVE, IN THE COUNTY OF PAMLICO. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
That it shall be the duty of said board of graded school trustees to establish graded public schools for the white and colored children of said graded school district, and said board shall use and appropriate the funds derived from said particular or special taxes and from all other sources in such manner as shall be to them reasonable and just to both races, giving to each school such facilities as they think just and reasonable, due regard, however, being had to the cost of establishing and maintaining the graded schools, of each race, the amount of said tax paid by each shall be taken in consideration. That the board of trustees provided by this act shall have entire and exclusive control of the publie schools and property in the said graded school district; shall prescribe rules and regulations for their own government of the schools not ineonsistent with the provisions of this act; shall enjoy and fix compensation of officers and teachers of the public schools; shall make an accurate census of the school population of said district as required by the general public school law of the State, and do all other acts that may be just and lawful in the management of the public school interests in said district: Provided, that all children resident in said district between the ages of six years and twenty-one years shall be admitted into said schools, the white children into the schools established for the white race and the colored children into the schools established for the colored race, free of tuition charges; and those desiring admission into said schools as pay students may be admitted upon such terms as the said board may determine. The said board may admit pupils residing out of said territory of said graded school district upon such terms as the said board of trustees may deem just and reasonable: Provided, that the said two trustees herein and hereby provided for shall act in conjunction with the committee appointed by the board of education of Pamlico County for the colored race for the purpose only of employment of teachers, regulation of schools, taking of census and prescribing rules and regulations for the government of the colored schools in said district, which shall be the only duties of the said committee so appointed for said race in said graded school district.