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the board are authorized to prescribe the form and man. ner of proceeding in respect to such appeal.
CITY OF SCHENECTADY.
[Laws of 1829, Chap. 324.] The amount of moneys allowed to the city of Schenec. tady, by the Superintendent of Common Schools, is required to be apportioned by the treasurer of the county of Schenectady, between the Schenectady Lancaster School Society, and such common school districts and parts of districts as now are, or hereafter may be, organized without the bounds of the compact part of the city of Schenectady, called the police; and in a ratio proportioned to the number of children over the age of five and under sixteen years, within such compact part, and the number of such children in such districts and parts of districts respectively, without such compact part.
The treasurer of the county of Schenectady is required to pay the amount thus apportioned to the Schenectady Lancaster School Society, to its treasurer, for the use of said society, and the amount thus apportioned to such school districts and parts of districts, to the commissioners of common schools for the several wards of the city of Schenectady. The commissioners are to distribute and pay to the trustees of such school districts and parts of districts, the amount so received by them from the county treasury, in proportion to the number of children residing in each, over the age of five and under that of sixteen years, as the same shall have appeared from the last annual report of the respective trustees.
The assessors of the several wards of the city are required, annually, in their respective wards, to take a census of the children between the ages of five and sixteen years, residing within the compact part of said city, and between the first day of May and the first day of October, in each year, to make and transmit a report of the same to the clerk of the county of Schenectady.
The reports required by law to be made by the trustees of the common school districts and parts of districts, without the bounds of the compact part of the city of Schenectady, to the commissioners of common schools, for the several wards of the said city, are required to be verified by the affidavit of the trustees.
The moneys received by the treasurer of the county of Schenectady, from taxes collected in said city, under the laws relative to common schools, are to be apportioned by him between such common school districts and parts of districts, without the bounds of the compact part of said city, and the Schenectady Lancaster School Society, in the ratio proportioned to the amount of the assessments of the real and personal estates of the taxable inhabitants residing in such districts and parts of districts, and the assessments of all real estate situate therein and owned by persons residing out of such districts and parts of districts, and the amounts of the assessments of the real and personal estates of all the taxable inhabitants of the city, after deducting thereout the aggregate of the assessments last mentioned.
The county treasurer is to pay the amount so apportioned to the Schenectady Lancaster School Society, to its treasurer, for the use of said society, and the amount apportioned to such school districts and parts of districts, to the commissioners of common schools for the several wards, which amounts so paid to the said commissioners, are to be distributed and paid by them in the manner herein before provided.
To enable the county treasurer to make the apportionment required by this act, the assessors of the several wards are, annually, within the time limited for taking the census therein mentioned, to make out and deliver to him an abstract from the assessment rolls of their respective wards, containing the names and the amounts of the assessments of the real and personal estates of each of the taxable inhabitants residing in the said school districts or parts of districts, together with the amount of the assessments of all real estate situate therein, and owned by persons residing out of such districts or parts of districts.
The commissioners of schools of the city are authorized and required to divide that portion of the territory of the first and second wards of the city, not comprised within the bounds of the police, into such number of school districts as they may deem convenient, and to alter and regulate such districts in the manner provided by the general school law.
· The trustees of the Schenectady Lancaster School Society are required to make an annual report to the Superintendent of Common Schools, in such form as shall be prescribed by him, of the state and condition of the schools for whose benefit the school moneys shall have been applied in such city.
CITY OF TROY. [Art. 7, Title 2, Chap. 16, Part 1 R. S. Laws of 1843, Chap. 296.) . The four first wards of the city of Troy form one school district, not subject to alteration by the commissioners of common schools for that city. • The common council of the city are annually, on the third Tuesday of May, to appoint not exceeding thirteen trustees, to manage the concerns of the school in such district, and to perform the duties of inspectors and trustees thereof, as required by law and the ordinances of the common council. ,: Every trustee, before he shall enter on the duties of his office, is required to take and subscribe an oath or affirma. tion, in the form prescribed in the constitution of the Seate, before the mayor or recorder, or one of the alder. men or justices of the city, and file the same in the office
of the clerk of the city. · For refusal or neglect to file such oath or affirmation within fifteen days after he shall have received notice of his appointment, he forfeits the sum of ten dollars, to be recovered in the manner prescribed in the “ Act to incorporate the city of Troy," passed April 12th, 1816. .. The commissioners of common schools for the city are required to pay to the chamberlain of said city, such a portion of the school moneys to be distributed by them, as the district above designated may be entitled to receive, and the same shall be paid over by the chamberlain to the trustees of such district.
The common council of the city has power to raise a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars annually, by tax on the inhabitants of such district, for repairing the school. house therein, and defraying the expenses of the school; which tax shall be assessed and collected as the other taxes of the city are assessed and collected, and when collected, shall be paid to the chamberlain of the city.
In the execution of the powers which are vested in the common council of the city, the aldermen of the fifth and sixth wards are not to be considered as members of such council, nor be permitted to vote on any question that may arise therein, touching the concerns of such district or its school.
The trustees of such school have power to exempt from the payment of tuition money and other charges, all such scholars and the persons sending them to school, as they shall judge unable to bear the charge thereof; and to fix the sum which each person liable to pay for the same shall be compelled to pay, hav. ing regard to the ability of the person so liable; and to appoint a collector to collect such sums from the persons liable to pay the same. They are also authorized to appropriate the whole or any portion of the library money to the payment of teachers' wages, with the consent and approbation of the common council.
There is required to be annually elected, at the time and in the manner the other officers of the city are chosen, one commissioner of common schools in each of the wards of the city of Troy; and in each of the fifth and sixth wards, three inspectors of common schools for such wards.
A portion of the first, second and fifth wards of the city have also been erected into a separate district, by the common council, in pursuance of law-possessing all the rights and privileges, and subject to the same liabilities as the other school districts formed in the fifth and sixth wards of said city.
The common council are authorized, by the 16th and 17th sections of chap. 296 of the Laws of 1834, to establish one or more schools in the first school district, in addition to the school already established by law in the said district, and to purchase the necessary land, and to erect school-houses thereon; and when such school-houses shall be erected, and schools established therein, the same is declared to be under the control and supervision of the common council of said city; and the trustees to be annually appointed by the common council for school district number one, are to be trustees of such additional schools, and to possess all the powers in relation to such additional schools as they now possess in relation to the school established in the said first school district ; and when such additional schools are established, it is made the duty of the said trustees, under the direction of the common council, to apportion the common school moneys allotted to the first school district, among the several schools, in proportion, as nearly as may be, to the number of scholars instructed in each of the said schools, or in such other manner as shall be just and equal.
For the purpose of carrying these provisions into effect, the common council are authorized to levy and collect, by tax upon the estates, real and personal, of the freeholders and inhabitants and taxable property in the first, second, third and fourth wards, in the same manner that other taxes are levied and collected, a sum of money not exceeding two thousand dollars in any one year; or to defray the necessary expenses thereof from the general funds of said city.
CITY OF UTICA, [Chap. 137, Laws of 1842. Chap. 131, Laws of 1944.) The several common schools of this city are under the general supervision of a board of commissioners, six in number, two of whom are annually elected, and hold their offices for three years; any vacancy occurring in the board to be filled by appointment by the common council, for the unexpired term; and the common council possessing the power of removal for official misconduct, by a vote of two-thirds of the members.
The common council are required from time to time to raise by taxation on the taxable property of the city, in addition to the amount of school money now or hereafter apportioned or provided by law for common schools in said city, such sums as the board of commissioners shall certify to be necessary and proper" to purchase, lease or improve sites for school-houses: to build, purchase, lease, enlarge, alter, improve and repair school-houses and their out-houses and app.urtenances; to purchase, exchange, improve and repair school apparatus, books, furniture and appendages; and to procure fuel and defray the contingent expenses of the common schools, the expenses of the district library of said city, and the contingent expenses of said board of commissioners, including the sa.