1915 private laws – Ch. 180 Sec. 52

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CHAPTER 180 AN ACT TO REVISE THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WIN- STON AND THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF SALEM, AND TO ADOPT A CHARTER FOR THE CITY OF WINSTON- SALEM. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

The board of aldermen shall provide for the establishment, continuance, maintenance, and support of a system of public schools, and for this purpose shall annually appropriate a certain part of the taxes of the city. Said schools shall be devoted to the education of the young, by high school or graded system, and shall be open to all bona fide residents of the city of WinstonSalem between the ages of six and twenty-one years, but persons living beyond the limits of the corporation may attend the schools upon the payment of tuition fees and under such regulations and rules aS may be prescribed by the public school commissioners ; that white and colored schools shall be conducted in distinct and separate buildings and departments; that said public schools shall be managed by a board of seven citizens and taxpayers of the city, two thereof being members of the board of aldermen, all of whom shall be elected by the board of aldermen; and in case of any vacancy occurring during the term of office of any commissioner the board of aldermen shall appoint some one to fill out the unexpired term. That said board of commissioners elected shall be a body corporate and politic, under the name of the Public School Commissioners of Winston-Salem, and shall elect one of their number chairman and take in charge the various public schools of the city. The commissioners aforesaid shall have the power to proportion and distribute the school fund, to select teachers and to dismiss them for cause, to fix their salaries, to aid them in the establishment of grades and the enforcement of discipline, to abate nuisances at the schools, to regulate the admission of pupils from without the corporate limits and fix the rate of tuition, to visit the schools regularly for inspection, and do all other acts pertaining to their office for the good and success of the schools: Said commissioners shall serve without compensation, but are authorized to purchase the necessary books, stationery. and fuel and pay its secretary a sum not exceeding thirty dollars ($380) per annum. The term of office of said commissioners shall be as follows: Those elected from the board of aldermen shall serve during the term for which they have been elected aldermen, and the other five commissioners shall be elected, for a term of three years each, by the board of aldermen at its first regular meeting in September, as follows: In September, one thousand nine hundred and fifteen, two members shall be elected; in September, one thousand nine hundred and sixteen, two members shall be elected; in September, one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, One member shall be elected, and so on by annual election to fill unexpired terms. The members of the present board whose regular terms will expire in May of any year shall hold over until the following September and until their successors are elected and qualified.

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