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CHAPTER 232 AN ACT TO CODIFY AND AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM AND AMENDMENTS THERE- TO; TO DEFINE ITS CORPORATE LIMITS AND TO PRO- VIDE FOR ITS GOVERNMENT, AND FOR OTHER PUR- POSES. 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, the amount of such appropriation to be ascertained and fixed by the board of aldermen. The board of aldermen shall have power to fix the salaries of the superintendent of schools and the assistant superintendent of schools and shall proportion and distribute the school fund in the annual budget. Said schools shall be devoted to the education of the young, by high school and graded system, and shall be open to all bona fide residents of the city of Winston-Salem 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 tuitiom 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 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 select the superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent, directors of various departments of public schools, and teachers and other employees, and to dismiss them for cause: Provided, that the selection and appointment of the superintendent of schools, and the assistant superintendent, shall be with the advice and consent of the board of aldermen; the said board of commissioners shall also have power to fix the salaries of teachers and other employees, except as provided above, 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 school. Said commissioners shall serve without compensation. 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 twenty-seven, two members shall be elected; in September, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-eight, two members shall be elected; in September, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-nine, one member shall be elected, and so on by annual election to fill unexpired terms. The members of the present board shall hold office for the term for which appointed, and until their successors are elected and qualified.