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CHAPTER 30 AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE REORGANIZATION AND CONSOLI- DATION OF THE EDENTON CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE CHOWAN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND TO CREATE AND ESTABLISH ONE ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD FOR ALL OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN CHOWAN COUNTY. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
At the time of the primary and election of State and County Officers for the year 1970, there shall be nominated and elected seven members who shall constitute the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education. Each of said members shall be residents and electors of the townships as set forth in Section 2 of this Act, and each of said members shall be nominated by the voters of Chowan County at large in said primary. The candidate in each township receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared to be nominated, and there shall be no second primary. The persons or candidates so nominated from the townships shall be voted upon by the voters of Chowan County at large in said election. Each candidate for nomination for membership on the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education shall file a notice of candidacy with the Board of Elections showing the township of which said candidate is a resident and also showing the candidates party affiliation. All candidates for nomination from the various townships shall file such notice of candidacy by noon on or before the sixth Saturday before the date on which the primary is to be held and shall pay a filing fee of ten dollars ($10.00). The nomination and election of said members of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education shall be held, conducted and supervised by the Board of Elections, and except as herein provided the general election laws and regulations for the nomination and election of county officers, as set forth in Chapter 163 of the General Statutes, as amended, shall apply and govern as to the holding of said primary and election. The seven candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the election shall be certified and declared by the Board of Elections to be elected members of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education. There shall be three members elected to serve for 74 a term of six years, two of which shall be from the First Township and one from the Second Township. There shall be two members elected to serve for a term of four years, one of which shall be from the First Township and one from the Third Township. There shall be two members elected to serve for a term of two years, one of which shall come from the First Township and one from the Fourth Township. Of those four members elected from the First Township, the two receiving the greater number of votes shall serve the six year terms; the member receiving the highest number of votes shall serve the four year term; and the member receiving the next highest number of votes shall serve the two year term. The members of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education shall be inducted into and take the oath of office on January 1, 1971 Biennially, thereafter, in each primary and election for nomination and election of State and County Officers, the vacancies occurring in the membership of said Board shall be filled by nomination and election as the said terms of the members expire, and all such members so elected shall hold office for terms of six years, but in no event shall a member serve for more than two successive six year terms. All vacancies in the membership of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education by reason of death, resignation, removal from township or otherwise shall be filled within 30 days after such vacancy occurs by the remaining members of said Board for the complete unexpired term, provided that the person appointed to fill a vacancy must be a resident and elector from the township of the member he is appointed to replace. The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education shall elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman to preside over its meetings, and the Vice Chairman may preside in the absence of the Chairman. The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education shall control, administer and operate all of the public schools in Chowan County, including the public schools now located in the Edenton City Administrative Unit, as well as the public schools now located in the Chowan County Administrative Unit. The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education shall exercise all the powers, authority and duties as are now exercised and performed by city and county boards of education and as provided by Chapter 115 of the General Statutes, as revised and amended, and as the same may hereafter be revised and amended. All members of the said Board shall hold their offices until their successors are elected and qualified.