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CHAPTER 199 AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF GASTONIA; NORTH CAROLINA. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
That the board of aldermen of the city of Gastonia may in their discretion continue and maintain any public school or schools heretofore or hereafter established according to law within the city of Gastonia, and it shall be the duty of the said board of aldermen to levy and collect annually for the use of said school or schools a tax, the rate of which shall be fixed by the school commissioners, not, however, to exceed the rate of thirty cents on every one hundred dollars valuation of all real estate and personal property actually or in contemplation of law situated within the corporate limits of the said city of Gastonia. This tax shall be collected as other city tax and shall be paid to the treasurer of the city, who shall be ex officio treasurer of the board of school commissioners. The mayor shall be president of such board. Seven school commissioners shall be elected biennially at the regular election when the mayor and board of aldermen of said city shall be elected, under the same rules and regulations as may be provided for the election of the aldermen of the city, and said commissioners shall hold office until the next regular election and until their successors are elected and qualified. The board of school commissioners of the city of Gastonia provided for shall employ teachers, fix their pay, and make all rules and regulations for the government of said schools: Provided, however, that said board must establish and maintain separate schools for the children of the white race and for the children of the colored race. It shall be the duty of the school commissioners of Gaston County to lay off, as one of the school districts of said county, all that part of said county which is within the limits of the said city of Gastonia, to be known as Gastonia School District, and all moneys apportioned to said district under the provisions of the school laws of the State shall be paid by the county treasurer to the treasurer of the school commissioners of said city, to be by them expended in the maintenance of said schools: Provided, that the privilege of attending is granted to all children who would be entitled to attend the public schools of this State.