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CHAPTER 29 AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE REORGANIZATION AND CONSOLI- DATION OF THE ELIZABETH CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE PASQUOTANK COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND TO CREATE AND ESTABLISH ONE ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD FOR ALL OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN PASQUOTANK COUNTY. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
In the event the qualified electors of Pasquotank County, by a majority of those voting, shall approve this Act in a special election or referendum as hereinafter provided, then the Interim Board shall on the first day of July, 1967, assume the authority and shall control, operate and administer public schools of Pasquotank County, including those public schools located and situated in the City Administrative Unit. The Interim Board shall meet on the first Monday following the certification of election results by the Board of Elections for the purpose of organization and the election of a superintendent and associate superintendent or assistant superintendent as provided by law. The Interim Board shall consist of the members of the City Board and the County Board acting jointly and by a majority vote of all members present, and the members of said Interim Board shall elect their own chairman and vice chairman to preside at meetings, and the chairman and vice chairman shall have a vote on all matters considered by the Interim Board but shall have no authority to vote to create a tie and then again vote to break the tie. Replacement, appointment or election of members to the Interim Board shall follow procedures now used to select members for each board separately. Membership shall be maintained at fifteen members for the interim period. The Interim Board shall have power and authority to 68 prepare and submit to the Board of County Commissioners all necessary budgets, including supplemental budgets, and at the time required by law shall prepare and submit to the Board of Commissioners all necessary capital outlay, debt service, current expense budgets, including proper notice to the Board of Commissioners to include any supplemental tax with all other taxes to be levied by the Board of Commissioners for school purposes. The Board of Commissioners may approve or disapprove all budgets, in whole or in part, and shall levy such taxes as are necessary to provide for the approved budget, including the supplemental purposes, not exceeding the amount of the tax levy authorized by the vote of the people. The Interim Board shall expend all funds in conformity with the approved budgets, and in the event of a disagreement between the Interim Board and the Board of Commissioners as to the amount of the supplemental tax levy to be made or as to any budgetary items, such disagreement shall be resolved by the procedure provided by the General Statutes of North Carolina in Section 115-87 and Section 115-88. For the period of time in which its authority is exercised, the Interim Board shall exercise all the powers and duties that can and may be exercised by city and county boards of education and as provided by Chapter 115 of the General Statutes (Replacement 1960) as amended, and as the same may be hereafter revised and amended. When the Interim Board shall assume authority as herein provided in this Act, all authority and power of the City Board and County Board shall cease and terminate, and the same shall be vested in the Interim Board. The Interim Board is authorized and empowered to employ a superintendent, associate superintendent or assistant superintendent, and to employ all necessary principals, teachers, clerical assistants, janitors, maids and all other necessary school employees or personnel as now provided by the public school law. In the event the Interim Board shall assume power and authority to administer the public school system of the County of Pasquotank, including the public schools of the City Administrative Unit, then its power and authority for such purposes shall cease and terminate on the first Monday in December, 1968, when the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education shall assume authority and its members take office as herein provided. Nothing herein shall affect the supplemental tax of the Elizabeth City School Administrative Unit levied for public school purposes unless and until the county-wide supplemental] tax for all the schools in the county is approved according to the provisions of this Act.