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in each district, one of which places shall be the public schoolhouse in each district, at least ten days before said election. Said election shall be conducted by the officers appointed for that purpose, in the manner provided by law for conducting school elections. The ballots at such election in each district shall contain the words "For the union high school district," and the voter shall write or print after said words on his ballot the word “Yes," or the word "No." It shall be the duty of the said election officers in each district to canvass the vote at said election, and report the result to the superintendent of schools within five days subsequent to the holding of said election.
[Declaration of result of election.] Within ten days after receiving the returns of said election, the superintendent of schools shall combine the votes "for" and "against the establishment of the union high school district and declare such result, by filing a certificate thereof with the county clerk of the county, which certificate shall show the total number of votes cast in each district in which said election was held, in favor of the union high school district, the total number of votes in each district against the union high school district, the aggregate result of said election and the boundaries of said proposed district. It shall also be his duty to record, in a book kept by him for that purpose, the facts set forth in the certificate herein mentioned. If it shall appear that a maojrity of the votes cast at such election were cast in favor of the establishment of such district, such high school district shall be deemed to be established, and the county clerk shall record said certificate in full in a book to be kept by him for that purpose.
5. [Duty of superintendent of schools, when election favorable.] If a majority of the votes cast in the election provided for in subdivision three of this section in said city, incorporated town, or school district, shall be in favor of establishing and maintaining a high school district therein, it shall be the duty of the superintendent of schools to call a meeting of the board of education or board of school trustees of said city, incorporated town, or school district, within fifteen days after receiving the returns of the election held therein, by giving at least ten days' notice, in writing, to every member of said board of education or board of school trustees.
[Location of school.] The board of education or board of school trustees shall, at said meeting formally organize as the high school distriet board, determine the location and the name of the high school, or high schools in the high school district, and may transact other business relating to the affairs of the high school district. Thereafter the high school district board shall meet at such times and places in the high school district as they may determine, and shall be the sole governing body of the said high school district.
6. [Union high school, duty of superintendent.] If a majority of the votes cast in the districts petitioning for a union high school district, shall in the aggregate be in favor of establishing and maintaining a union high school district therein, the superintendent of schools shall, within fifteen days after receiving the returns of the election held therein, direct the board of school trustees in each of said districts to call a meeting of the qualified electors of their respective districts, in the manner provided in subdivision twenty of section sixteen hundred and seventeen of the Political Code. At said meeting the qualified electors shall in each district select one representative, whose powers and duties shall be as hereinafter specified.
[Union high school board.] The representatives so chosen shall constitute the union high school board, and shall hold office until the thirtieth day of June next succeeding the first annual election for school trustees after the organization of the union high school district, or until their successors are elected or appointed, and qualified. Within twenty days after said meetings are held, the county superintendent shall call a meeting of the high school representatives, for the purposes of organizing as a union high school district board, and of naming and locating the union high school.
[Location of union high school, election to determine.] Should the above representatives fail to agree unanimously upon a location for the high school, they shall propose, in writing, to the superintendent of schools and shall transmit to his office within ten days the names of the locations which they favor. Within twenty days after receiving such notice, the superintendent of schools shall call an election as provided in subdivision fourth hereof, to determine the location of the high school. At such election only such sites as have been named by the representatives and certified to the superintendent of schools shall be voted upon. Any form of ballot by which the voter signifies his choice of location shall be allowed. The result of said election shall be determined and certified to the superintendent of schools as provided in said subdivision fourth. The location which receives the largest number of votes shall be chosen as the location of the high school. The representatives shall have power to make arrangements for the temporary location of the high school, and if satisfactory apartments or buildings in a suitable location are offered or can be procured for a consideration or at a rental which would make it advisable to accept the same, they shall have the power to secure or lease such apartments or buildings for a period not to exceed three years from the date of its acceptance.
No change of location of any union or joint union high school, when once established, shall be made except upon a petition to the superintendent of schools, or superintendents of schools, signed by two thirds of the heads of families of the union or joint union high school district, and then only upon the affirmative votes of two thirds of the qualified electors of the union or joint union high school district voting at an election called by the superintendent of schools, or superintendents of schools for that purpose. No change of location of a high school in a city, incorporated town, or school district, operating as a high school district shall be made except upon the unanimous vote of the high school district board.
7. (High school district board.] In any city, incorporated town, or school district, which shall have organized as a high school district, the board of education or board of school trustees shall constitute the high school district board, and shall have the management and control of the high school in said district.
8. [Union districts composed of more than two districts.] In union high school districts composed of more than two school districts, the high school board shall be composed of one member elected from each district composing the high school district, at the time and in the manner prescribed for the election of school trustees, except as otherwise provided in this act. The superintendent of schools (or superintendents by concurrent action in joint union high
school districts) shall, in union high school districts composed of three or more school districts, divide the districts composing the union high school district into three classes, as nearly equal in number of school districts as possible to be designated by him as class A, B, and C, respectively.
[Election of trustees.] At the first annual school election following the passage of this act, the districts in class A, as above divided and designated, shall each elect a high school trustee for one year; the districts in class B shall each elect a high school trustee for two years; the districts in class C shall each elect a high school trustee for three years. At each annual election thereafter, as terms of office expire, the high school trustees shall be elected for three years, and in case of expiration of term of appointment, for the unexpired term.
Vacancies in the high school board shall be filled by appointment by the superintendent of schools (and in case of joint union high school districts by appointment of the superintendent of schools of the county in which the vacancy occurred), the appointee or appointees to hold until the first day of July succeeding the appointment.
[Term of office of present trustees.] The trustees serving on union high school boards, composed of more than two school districts at the time of the approval of this section as hereby amended, shall hold until their successors are elected and shall qualify under the provisions hereof; in the formation of new union or joint union high school districts, the representatives selected according to the provisions of subdivision sixth of this section shall constitute the union or joint union high school board until the election or appointment and qualification of the regular board as herein provided.
In union high school districts consisting of but two school districts, the union high school board shall be composed of the boards of school trustees of both said districts.
9. [Organization of board_Election of president and clerk.] The union or joint union high school board shall meet at the call of the superintendent of schools, and shall organize by electing a president from their own number, and a clerk, to serve until the second Saturday of July next succeeding their elec
and thereafter the board shall meet and organize in the same manner on the second Saturday of July of each and every year.
10. [Meetings of high school boards.] The high school boards shall hold regular monthly meetings at the high school building at such times as may be provided in the rules and regulations adopted by them for their own government. Special meetings may be held at the call of the president of the respective boards. Upon the request, in writing, signed by a majority of any board, the president of said board shall call a meeting thereof. Of all special meetings of any board the members thereof shall have at least two days' notice, issued and served by the clerk thereof.
At special meetings no business shall be transacted other than as specified in the call therefor; provided, that in union or joint union high school districts the regular meetings as above provided may be quarterly ;
[Executive committee.] And provided further, that the union high school board in said union high school districts may appoint an executive committee, consisting of the president and secretary and one other member of the board,
no two of whom shall be from the same school district, to attend to the routine business of the board, their action to be reported to the board for ratification at its first regular meeting ensuing.
11. [Powers and duties of high school boards issuing bonds; election therefor.] The powers and duties of high school boards shall be such as are now or may hereafter be assigned by law to boards of education or boards of school trustees. In any city, incorporated town, school district or union high school district, which shall have organized as a high school district, the high school board of such high school district may, when in its judgment it is advisable, and must upon a petition of a majority of the heads of families residing in such high school district, call an election and submit to the electors of the high school district whether the bonds of such high school district shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money for purchasing high school lots for building or purchasing one or more high school buildings, for repairing, restoring or rebuilding any high school building damaged, injured or destroyed by conflagration or other public calamity, for insuring the same, for supplying the same with furniture and necessary apparatus, for improving the grounds, or for any or all of said purposes, for liquidating any indebtedness already incurred for said purposes, and for refunding any outstanding valid indebtedness, evidenced by bonds or the warrants thereof.
Such election must be called by posting notices, signed by the high school board, in three of the most public places in the high school district, for not less than twenty days before the election; and if there is a newspaper published in the county in which said district was organized, by publishing such notices therein not less than once a week for three successive weeks.
Such notices must contain: (1) the time and place of holding such election; (2) the names of the inspector and judges to conduct same; (3) the hours during the day in which the polls will be open; (4) the amount and denomination of the bonds, the rate of interest, and the number of years, not exceeding forty, the whole or any part of said bonds are to run.
[Conduct of election-Ballots, must contain what.] Such election shall be conducted in conformity with the provisions of sections one thousand five hundred and ninety-six, one thousand five hundred and ninety-seven, one thousand five hundred and ninety-eight, one thousand five hundred and ninetynine, one thousand six hundred, one thousand six hundred and one, and one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four of this code, except that the words to appear upon the ballots shall be "High school district bonds-Yes," or "High school district bonds-No."
[Canvass of returns.] On the seventh day after said election at one o'clock p. m., the returns having been made to the high school board of such high school district, such high school board must meet and canvass said returns, and if it appears that two thirds of the votes cast at said election were cast in favor of issuing such bonds, then such high school board shall cause an entry of that fact to be made upon its minutes, and shall certify to the board of supervisors of the county in which such district was organized all of the proceedings had in the premises, and
[Supervisors to issue bonds.] Thereupon said board of supervisors shall be and it is hereby authorized and directed to issue the bonds of such high school
district, to the number and amount provided in such proceedings, payable out of the building fund of such high school district, naming the same, and that the money shall be raised by taxes upon the taxable property in said high school district for the redemption of said bonds and the payment of the interest thereon;
[Total amount of bonds.] Provided, that the total amount of bonds so issued shall not exceed five per cent of the taxable property of the high school district as shown by the last equalized assessment of the county or counties in which such district is located.
[Form of bonds.] The board of supervisors, by an order entered upon its minutes, shall prescribe the form of said bonds and of the interest coupons attached thereto, and must fix the time when the whole or any part of the principal of said bonds shall be payable, which shall be not more than forty years from the date thereof.
[Interest.] Said bonds must not bear a greater amount of interest than six per cent, said interest to be payable annually or semi-annually, and said bonds must be sold in the manner prescribed by the board of supervisors, but for not less than par, and the proceeds of the sale thereof must be deposited in the county treasury to the credit of the building fund of the said high school district, and be drawn out for the purposes aforesaid as other school moneys are drawn out.
[Tax levy for interest and redemption.] The board of supervisors of the county in which such high school district was organized, at the time of making the levy of taxes for county purposes must levy a tax for that year upon the taxable property in such high school district for the interest and redemption of said bonds, and said tax must not be less than sufficient to pay the interest of said bonds for that year, and such a portion of the principal as is to become due during such year, and in any event must be high enough to raise, annually, for the first half of the term said bonds have to run, a sufficient sum to pay the interest thereon; and during the balance of the term high enough to pay such annual interest, and to pay annually a proportion of the principal of said bonds, equal to a sum produced by taking the whole amount of said bonds outstanding and dividing it by the number of years said bonds then have to run; and all taxes so levied, when collected, shall be paid into the county treasury of the county in which such district was organized, to the credit of the building fund of such high school district, and be used for the payment of the principal and interest on said bonds and for no other purpose.
[Duty of county treasurer and auditor.] The principal and interest on said bonds shall be paid by the county treasurer upon the warrant of the auditor out of the fund provided therefor; and it shall be the duty of the auditor to cancel and file with the treasurer of the county in which such district was organized the bonds and coupons as rapidly as they are paid. That part of any high school district which has been admitted to said high school district from another county, under the provisions of this section, shall be deemed a part of the county wherein such high school district was organized, for all purposes connected with the issuance of the bonds of said high school district, including the levying and collecting of taxes for the payment of the principal and interest of said bonds.