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CHAPTER 92 AN ACT AMENDING CHAPTER 96 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 1899 AND AMENDMENTS THERETO, RELATING TO THE KINSTON GRADED SCHOOL DISTRICT. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
That for the purpose of administering the schools of the Kinston graded school district as now constituted and as herein provided, there shall be a board of trustees composed of seven members, who shall be elected by the board of aldermen of the city of Kinston from any part of the Kinston graded school district. That the present board of trustees shall hold office until their successors are elected by board of aldermen of city of Kinston, which election shall be held within ninety days from date of ratification of this act, and the newly elected trustees shall assume the duties of their office within fifteen days after their elecion. That said new board shall be divided into seven classes. The term of office of the first class shall expire on the thirty-first day of December, one thousand nine hundred and nineteen; the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh classes to expire one, two, three, four, five, and six years, respectively, thereafter. That thereafter their successors shall hold office for a period of seven years, and shall be elected by the board of aldermen of the city of Kinston in any of their regular meetings held before the month of November of each year immediately preceding the date upon which newly elected trustee shall assume the duty of his office, which duties he shall assume the first day of January immediately following his election. That any vacancy occurring in said board shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the-board of trustees. That four members of said board shall constitute a quorum, and at least a quorum shall be necessary for the purpose of transacting business of any nature whatsoever. That the said board shall hold regular or called meetings as often as they may deem necessary, for the transaction of any business relating to the public schools of the said district and shall at the regular meeting held during the month of May of each year, reorganize and elect its necessary officers for the ensuing year. That the said board shall in the name of the board of trustees of the Kinston graded school district, be possessed of corporate powers, may sue and be sued, acquire by purchase or otherwise, and hold property, both real and personal, for school purposes as provided in this act, may lease or sell real and personal property, may receive bequests and donations, may condemn property needed for educational purposes and may perform all necessary corporate acts required under this charter. May employ superintendents, principals, teachers, supervisors, or other necessary employes for the schools of said district, for such length of time and at such compensation as said board of trustees shall deem advisable, and order paid their salaries, if possessed of certificates as required by rules of said board of trustees, or may discharge or dismiss any of said officers, teachers or employees, at any time they may deem proper. Shall have exclusive control and title to all schools and school property of the said Kinston graded school district, with power to care for, insure, repair, lease or rent any of said: property, and said board is fully authorized and empowered to build and equip such buildings as may be necessary fer carrying out the provisions of this act. May provide and maintain a separate system of schools, with separate buildings for the white and colored races, respectively, within said district, so as to equalize school facilities between the two races upon just and equitable principles. May provide and maintain school libraries, evening schools, playgrounds; may promote physical culture and athletics, vocational schools, special instructions or schools for delinquent or defective children, or for such forms of instruction in industrial education, agriculture or household economics as they may deem necessary. Said board of trustees may also unite with the Lenoir County board of education for the joint establishment and maintenance of any such instruction or school, and upon such terms as may be agreed upon between them, not inconsistent with the provisions of this act. May prepare an annual budget of expenses each year as hereinafter provided. They shall appoint a treasurer of the said board from among their number, or otherwise, in their discretion, and such treasurer may be either an individual or corporation, and prescribe his or its duties, fix his or its compensation and cause said treasurer to fix bond with good security at double the amount of such funds as said treasurer may reasonably have on hand at any time during his or its term of office as a result of such appointment. It shall also be lawful for the said board of trustees, in its discretion, to receive into the public schools of the said district upon such terms as it may think reasonable, any children of the school age who may reside beyond the limits of the said district. May make any and all such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the said schools, as herein provided.