1947 session laws – Ch. 1096 Sec. 1

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CHAPTER 1096 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF COMMISSION- ERS OF HAYWOOD COUNTY AND THE TRUSTEES OF THE CANTON GRADED SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ERECT A COLORED SCHOOL BUILDING IN SAID DIS- TRICT, AND A LUNCH ROOM FOR THE MORNING STAR SCHOOL IN SAID DISTRICT, AND TO AMEND GENERAL STATUTES, SECTION 143-129 IN SO FAR AS IT CONFLICTS WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACH: WHEREAS, the constitutional laws of the State of North Carolina require the maintenance of a nine-months school in all counties and districts of the State; and WHEREAS, it is the duty of the Board of Commissioners of the County of Haywood to pay for the construction of school building; and WHEREAS, the Canton Graded School District is a special chartered school district and the trustees of the Canton Grad- ed School District have the duty imposed upon them by law to operate the schools within said district and to supervise the con- struction of buildings in said district; and WHEREAS, the colored school building in Canton Graded School District burned in December, 1945, and since said date the school has been operated and conducted in a colored church and that the officials of said church have notified the trustees of said district that the church building will not be available for school purposes after the end of the present school term; and WHEREAS, there is only one other colored school building in the County of Haywood, the same being located at Waynes- ville and it is the intention of the Board of Commissioners of Haywood County and the trustees of Canton Graded School District that a new building be constructed in the Canton Grad- ed School District and that all of the colored high school stu- dents in said county attend school in said Canton Graded School District, the Waynesville School Building being inadequate to care for said high school students; and WHEREAS, the school for white children known as the Morning Star School Building in said district is in need of a lunch room; and WHEREAS, the trustees of the Canton Graded School Dis- trict have advertised three times for bids for the construction of said school building and lunch room, as aforesaid, and they have failed to receive a legal bid for the construction thereof, but only received bids on the basis of cost plus ten per cent, or cost plus a fixed fee, and that by reason of the provisions of General Statutes 149-129 the Board of Commissioners and the trustees have been unable, and are unable, to construct said building and lunch room: Now, therefore, The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

That the Board of Commissioners of Haywood County and the trustees of the Canton Graded School District are hereby authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to proceed to construct a school building in the Canton Graded School District for colored students and to construct a lunch room for the Morning Star School in said district, and that said board and trustees may proceed to purchase the materials and hire the labor therefor without the letting of a contract, or the Board of Commissioners of Haywood County and the Trustees of Canton Graded School District may contract the construction of said school building and lunch room upon a cost basis with a commission not to exceed ten per cent, and in such case separate contracts may be let as to each project and as to the general contract and as to heating and plumbing and wiring.

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