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CHAPTER 262 AN ACT TO CONSOLIDATE THE VANCE COUNTY SCHOOL AD- MINISTRATIVE UNIT AND THE HENDERSON CITY SCHOOL AD- MINISTRATIVE UNIT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CONSOLIDATED BOARD OF EDUCA- TION; TO PROVIDE FOR A REFERENDUM TO SUBMIT THE QUESTION OF CONSOLIDATION TO THE PEOPLE OF VANCE COUNTY. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
If the electors of Vance County approve the merger or consolidation of the county board and city board as herein provided, then there is hereby constituted and established a consolidated board which shall be known and designated as: The Vance County Board of Education, and at the regular primary for the nomination of county officers for Vance County to be held in the year 1968, there shall be nominated five persons from the districts hereinafter designated, and these five persons shall be voted upon for membership of the consolidated board at the general election to be held for the election of county officers for Vance County in the year 1968 The said districts and the number of persons to be nominated from each district as candidates for membership on the consolidated board are hereby established and designated as follows: District I. That portion of Henderson Township lying within the corporate limits of the City of Henderson; two persons. District II. That portion of Henderson Township lying outside of the corporate limits of the City of Henderson; one person. District III. Watkins, Kittrell and Sandy Creek Townships; one person. District IV. Dabney, Williamsboro, Townsville, and Middleburg-Nutbush Townships; one person. The Vance County Board of Elections shall prepare a separate ballot for use in the primary on which shall be listed the candidates for each district separately and the name of the district. Each candidate for membership on the consolidated board shall be a resident and elector in the district which he seeks to represent, and each candidate for membership on the consolidated board must be nominated and elected by the electors in his particular district. Every candidate filing in said primary shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes of North Carolina, as amended relating to a second primary and is required to have a majority of the votes cast by the electors of his district to be nominated for membership of said consolidated board. At the general election in 1968, for District I the member elected by the highest number of votes in said district shall serve a term of four years and the member receiving the next highest number of votes shall serve a term of two years; for District II the member elected by the highest number of votes in said district shall serve for a term of four years; for District III and District IV the member from District III shall serve for a term of four years and the member from District IV shall serve for a term of two years. Thereafter, all successors in office of such members shall serve for terms of four years on a staggered basis. All 317 vacancies in the office of the members of the consolidated board shall be filled by the remaining members of the consolidated board and the person appointed to fill a vacancy must be a resident and elector from the district of the member he is appointed to replace. An appointment to fill a vacancy on the consolidated board shall be only for that portion of the unexpired term between the time of appointment and the next general election, and at such next general election the remaining portion of the unexpired term shall be filled by election. If a person who has been nominated as a candidate from any district dies or removes himself, or for any other reason cannot be a candidate in the general election, then the Executive Committee of the party he represents shall appoint a candidate from the district represented by the dead or disqualified candidate. Such appointee shall have his name placed upon the ballot to be voted upon in the general election the same as any candidate who has been nominated in a primary. The members of the consolidated board shall be inducted into and take the oath of office on the first Monday in December, 1968, unless prevented by sickness or other cause over which he has no control, and then as soon as reasonably possible. All members of the consolidated board shall hold office until their successors are duly elected and qualified. All candidates for membership on the consolidated board from the various election districts herein designated shall file a notice of such candidacy by 12:00 oclock noon on or before the Friday preceding the sixth Saturday before such primary election is to be held, and each candidate shall pay a filing fee of ten dollars ($10.00), and in addition shall certify in writing the district for which he is filing and that he is a bona fide resident and elector thereof. The nomination and election of said members of the consolidated board shall be held, conducted and supervised by the Vance County Board of Elections and except as herein provided the laws and regulations for the nomination and election of county officers shall be in full force and effect.