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CHAPTER 68 AN ACT TO REPEAL ITS PRESENT CHARTER AND LAWS IN CONFLICT WITH THIS ACT, AND TO INCORPORATE THE CITY OF HICKORY. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact: ARTICLE I. NAME AND RIGHTS.
All the territory within the corporate limits of the city of Hickory, Catawba County, as is now or shall hereafter be prescribed, shall be and remain and is hereby constituted a public school district for both white and colored children, and shall hereafter be known as the Hickory School District. The city council shall be charged with the duty of maintaining an adequate and sufficient system of public schools within the Hickory School District, and shall construct and maintain proper buildings, and to that end the public school buildings and all other property now used, or which may be hereafter acquired within the city of Hickory for school purposes, shall be under their control and subject to the disposition of the city council. The city council shall have the same power and authority to condemn lands and to do and perform any and all other acts to acquire and control school property as is given or may be conferred by law upon said council with reference to acquiring lands for streets or any other public purpose, and may control school property and grounds in like manner as it is empowered to control streets; and the said council shall also have such power not in direct conflict with the provisions of this article, with regard to the public schools of the Hickory School District, and the officers, teachers, and employees thereof, as is now conferred by law upon the Board of Commissioners of Catawba County and the Board of Education of Catawba County with regard to the public schools of the county; and the said council shall have charge of the collection of taxes to maintain the schools, and construct school buildings, and the handling and the disbursement of all money used for school purposes.