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(Pursuant to the directions of the 43d section of the No.7455. If an increase of the school moneys to be act of May 26, 1841, there are inserted in this publica. distributed, shall take place in any other year, than one tion, all acts and parts of acts relating to common immediately following a census, the superintendent schools, which are now in force; and where the provi: shall apportion such increase amongst the several sions of that title have been allered by subsequent acts, counties, cities and towns, according to the ratio of the such provisions have been varied in order to conform apportionment then in force.(1) them to such alteration. The original number of each NO S-$ 6. When the census, or returns, upon which section, is in all cases, retained, whether it was a part an apportionment is to be made, shall be so far defec. of the Revised Statutes or was taken from some session tive, in respect to any county, city, or town, as lo ren. law passed since 1828. In the latter case, there is a re. ner it impracticable for the superintendent to ascertain ierence to a nole at the foot of the page, which gives the the share of school moneys, which ought then to be ap. particular chapter from which the section is taken, and portioned to such county, city, or town, he shall asces. its number is inclosed within brackets, in order to de- iain, by the best evidence in his power, the facts upon signate it more distinctly from the sections of the Re. which ihe ratio of such apportionment shall depend, and vised Statutes which are printed with the section mark shall make the apportionment accordingly, only.)

No. 9–5 7. Whenever, in consequence of the division ARTICLE FIRST.

of a town, or the erection of a new town, in any county, of the Powers and Duties of the Superintend nt of Com.

the apportionment then in force shall become unjust, as mon Schools, and of the Apportionment of School Mo- between two or more of the towns of such county, the ney.

superintendent shall make a new apportionment of the No. 1-5 1. There shall continue to be a superinten school moneys next to be distributed amongst such dent of common schools, whose duty, amongst other towns, ascertaining by the best evidence in his power, things, it shall be, lo prepare and submit an annual re.

the facts upon which the ratio of apportionmeni as to port to the legislature containing,

such towns, shall depend. 1. A statement of the condition of the common schools portionment made by him, to the comptroller, and shall

No. 10-$'8. The superintendent shall certify each apof the state:

2. Estimates and accounts of expenditures of the give immediate notice thereof, to the clerk of each school moneys:

county interested therein, and to the clerk of the city 3. Plans for the improvement and management of the and county of New York; stating the amount of moneys common school fund, and for the better organization of apportioned to his couniy, and to each town and city the common schools: and,

therein, and the time when the same will be payable to 4. All such matters relating to his office, and to the the treasurer of such county, or to the chamberlain of common schools, as he shall deem expedient to com

the city of New York. municate.

No. 11–99. The superintendent shall prepare suitaNo.2–141.) The superintendent of common schools ble forms and regulations for making all reports, and may designate and appoint any one of the clerks em conducting all necessary proceedings, under this Title, ployed by him to be his general deputy, who may per

and shall cause the same, with such instructions as he form all the duties of the superintendent in case of his shall deem necessary and proper, for the better organi. absence or a vacancy in his office (1)

zativn and government of common schools, to be trans. No. 3–193.) The superintendent of common schools mitted to the officers required to execute the provisions may appoint such and so many persons as he shall from of this Title throughout the state. time to time deem necessary, to visit and examine into

No. 12—4 10. He shall cause so many copies of the the condition of the common schools in the county first six Articles of this Title, with the forms, regulawhere such persons may reside, and report to the superations and instructions prepared by him, thereto annex. intendent on all such matters relating to the condition cd, to be, from time to time, printed and distributed of such schools, and the means of improving them, as

amongst the several school disiricts of the state, as he he shall prescribe; but no allowance or compensation shall deem the public good to require. shall be made to the said visiters for such services.(2)

No. 13—5 11. All moneys reasonably expended by him, No. 4-[97.) Copies of papers deposited or filed in the in the execution of his duties, shall, upon due proof, be office of the superintendent of common schools, and all allowed to him by the comptroller, and be paid out of acts and decisions by him, may be authenticated under the treasury. the seal of the office of secretary of stale, and when so

ARTICLE SECOND. authenticated shall be evidence equally and in like man. ner as the originals.(3)

Of the distribution of the Common School Fund. No. 5445 2. In every year, immediately following a

No 14.- 12. The sum annually to be distribuied for year in which a census of the population of this state the encouragement of common schools, shall be paid on shall have been taken, under the authority of the state, the first day of February, in every year, on the warrant or of the United States, the superintendent shall appos: of the comptroller, to the treasurers of the several tion the school moneys to be annually distributed, counties, and the chamberlain of the city of New York. amongst the several corinties of the state, and the share No. 15– 13. The treasurer of rach county, and the of each county, amongst its respective towns and cities. chamberlain of the city of New York, shall apply for

No.6-53. Such apportionment shall be made among and receive the school moneys apportioned to their rethe several towns and cities of the state, according to the spective counties, as soon as the same become payable. ratio of their population respectively, as compared with No. 16–Ø 14. Each treasurer receiving such moneys, the population of the whole state, according to the last shall give notice in writing, to some one or more of the preceding census.

commissioners of common schools of each city and lo (1) Laws of 1841, chap. 260, 41. (2) Laws of 1839, chap. 330,

(1) Amendatory act of 1830, chap. 320, 86, and by 16 (3) Laws of 1839, chap. 330, 7.

of same chap. the orig. 4 is repealed.

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town.

the town superintendent of common schools of each in by the supervisors of such county; and in such ease town in his county, of the amount apportioned to such the balance so withheld shall be added to the principai town or city, and shall hold the same subject to the or of the common school fund.(1) der of such commissioners or town superintendent. No. 23 (a)- 2. There shall hereafter be annually

No. 17-ý 15. In case the commissioners of any such elected in each of the towns of this state, at the same city or the town superintendent of any such town shall time and in the same manner that other town officers not apply for and receive such moneys, or in case there are chosen, an officer to be denominated "Town Super. are no commissioners or town superintendent appoint intendent of Common Schools,'' who in addition to the ed in the same, before the next receipt of moneys ap- powers and duties hereinafter conferred and imposed, portioned to the county, the moneys so remaining with shall perform all the duties, and be subject to all the the treasurer shall be retained by him, and be added to restrictions and liabilities now by law imposed upon the moneys next received by him, for distribution from commissioners and inspectors of common schools, et. the superintendent of common schools, and be distri. cepl as otherwise herein provided. It shall be his dubuted iherewith, and in the same proportion.

ty, within ten days after his election, to execute to the No. 18–16. Whenever the clerk of any county shall supervisor of his town and file with the town clerk, a receive from the superintendent of common schools no: bond with one or more sufficient sureties, to be approve rice of the apportionment of moneys to be distributed ||ed of by said supervisor by endorsement over his signain the county, he shall file the same in his office, and ture on said bond, in the penalty of double ibe amount transmit a certified copy thereof to the county treasur- of school money which his town received from all er. and to the clerk of the board of supervisors of the sources during the year preceding that for which he county; and the clerk ofihe board of supervisors shall || shall have been elected, conditioned for the faithful aplay such copy before the supervisors at their nextplication and legal disbursement of all the school monmeeting.

ey coming into his hands. In case such bond shall not No. 19-9 17. shall be duty of supervisors, l be executed an ed within the time herein prescribed, at such meeting, and at every annual meeting thereat the office of such town superintendent shall be deemed ter, to add to the sums of money to he Taised on each vacant, and such or other vacancy shall be filled in the of ihe towns of the county, for defraying the necessary same manner as vacancies in the office of commissionexpenses thereof, a sum equal to the school money's ers of common schools are now by law directed to be which shall have been apportioned to such town; | filled. Such town superintendent shall be entiiled to a which moneys, so added, together with the fees of the compensation of one dollar and twenty five cents for collector, shall be levied and collected in the same every day necessarily spent in the discharge of the dumanner az other moneys directed to be raised in the lties of his office, to be audited and allowed as other

town charges. No. 20—$ 18. The supervisors shallcause and require

ARTICLE THIRD. the collector of each town, by their warrant to him, to The Powers and Duties of the Town Superintendent of pay the moneys so added, when collected, retaining his

Coinmon Schools. fees for collection, to the town superintendent of common schools in such town for the use of common schools

No. 244 24. It shall be the duty of the town superintherein; whose receipt therefor shall be sufficient evi tendent of common schools, in each town, dence of such payment.

1. To divide the town into a convenient number of No. 21-ý 19. If there shall not be any town superin school districts, and to regulate and alter such districts tendent of common schools in such town when the mon

as hereinafter provided : eys are collected, the collector shall pay the same retain. 2. To set off by itself any neighborhood in the town ing his fees for collection, to the county treasurer, to adjoining to any other state of this Union, where it has be by him apportioned among the several cities and been usual, or shall be found convenient for such neightowns in the county, and distributed in the manner pro

borhood to send their children to a school in such ad. vided in the fifteenth section of this Title.

joining state. No. 22-16 2.) Whenever any board of supervisors

3. To describe and number the school districts, and shall hereafter omit, at their annual meeting, to add to

to deliver the description and numbers thereof, in writhe sums of money to be raised on the towns of their ting, to the town clerk; immediately after the formacounty, an equal sum to that apportioned to such towns tion or alteration thereof: by the superintendent of common schools in any year,

4. To deliver to such town clerk a description of each it shall be their duty to hold a special meeting for the neighborhood, adjoining to any other state, set off by purpose of adding the sum that may be deficient, when itself: ever it can be done in time to allow such deficient sum

5. To apply for and receive from the county treasurer to be collected with the other taxes of the county; and all money3 apportioned for the use of common schools such special meeting shall be notified by the clerk or in their town, and from the collector of the town, all the board of supervisors on receiving notice of the de- moneys raised therein for the same purpose, as soon as ficiency from a majority of the board of supervisors such moneys shall become payable, or be collected. of said county; and in case such deficient sum

6. To apportion the school moness received on the shall not be directed to be raised at a special first Tuesday of April, in each year, among the several meeting, it shall be the duty of the supervisors school districts, parts of districts, and neighborhoods of such county, at their next annual meeting, to separately set off, within the town, in proportion to the add the amount of such deficiency to the sums to be number of children residing in each, over the age of raised on each of the towns of the county; which, with five, and under that of sixteen years, as the same shall the fees of collection, shall be levied and collected in have appeared from the last annual reports of their re. the same manner as other moneys directed to be raised speetive trastees : in the town, and shall be apportioned among the school

7. If the town superintendent shall have received the districts therein according to law.(1)

school moneys of the town, and allthe reports from the No. 23–14 3.] It shall be the duty of the clerk of the several school districts therein before the first Tuesday board of supervisors in each county in this state, on of April, he shall apportion such moncys as above dí. the last day of December in each year, to transmit to rected, within ten days after receiving all of the said to the superintendent of common schools certified cop reports and the said moneys : ies of all resolutions and proceedings of the board of

8. To sue for and colleci, by his name of office, all supervisors, of which he is clerk, passed or had du-penalties and forfeitures imposed in this title, and in sing the preceding year, relating to the rajsing of any l respect to which no other provision is made, which shall money for school or library purposes, and to repori

be incurred by any officer or inhabitant of their town. particularly the amount of such inoney directed to be

and after deducting his costs and expenses, to add the raised in each town of such county; and in case it shall sums recovered, to the school money's received by him, not appear that the amount required by law to be rais.

to be apportioned and paid in the same manner.(2) ed for school and library purposes has been directed to

No. 24. (a)--3. In the erection or alteration of a be raised during the year by the board of supervisors | school district, the trustees of any district to be affectof any county, the superintendent of common schools led thereby, may apply to the supervisor and town clerk and the comptroller may direct that the money

to be associated with the town superintendent; and appropriated by the state and apportioned to such countheir action shall be final unless doly appealed from; ty, be withheld until the amount that may be deficient shall be raised, or that so much of the money apportion

(1) Laws of 1839, chap. 330, \ 3. ed to such county be paid to the treasurer thereof, as

(a) Laws of 1813, chap. 133, Ø 2, 3. shall be lal to the amount directed to be raised there. Il cendent is also to take charge of the "Common School

(2) By laws of 1829, chap. 287, the town superinten.

Fund” of the town, created by a vote appropriating (1) Laws of 1839, chap 330, $ 2.

surplus poor moneys. See the aet, post.

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tre compensation of the supervisor and town clerk | tion of Article third, Title second of Chapter fifteen of when thus associated, shall be the same as that of the the First part of the Revised Statutes, are hereby ex. town superintendent.

tended to all cases where a school district shall have No. 25—4 21. Whenever it may become necessary or been formed at such time previous to the first day of convenieni, to form a district out of two or more ad. | January, as not to have allowed a reasonable time to joining towns, the town superintendent of each of such have kept a school therein for the term of three months, adjoining towns, or the major part of them, may form, such district having been formed out of a district or dis. rezulate and alter such district.

tricts in which a school shall have been kept for three No. 26--ý 22. No alteration of any school district, months, by a teacher duly qualified, during the year made withont the consent of the trustees thereof, shall preceding the first day of January:(1) take effect until three inonths after notice, in writing, No. 33--5 27. All moneys apportioned by the town su. shall be given by the town superintendent, to some one perintendent, to the trustees of a district, part of a disor more of such trastees.

frict, or separate neighborhood, which shall have re. No. 27- $ 23. In making the apportionment of moneys mained in the hands of the town superintendent for one among the several school districts, no share shall be year after such apportionment, hy reason of the trug. allotted :o any district, part of a district, or separate ices neglecting or refusing to receive the same, shall be neighborhood, from which no sufficient annual report | added to the moneys next thereafter to be apportioned shall have been received, for the year ending on the last by the town superintendent, and shall be apportioned day of December, immediately preceding the apportion- and paid therewith, in the same manner.

No. 34–4 28. Ju case any school moneys received by No. 97-(a) & 15. In making the apportionment of pub- the town superintendent, can not be apportioned by him, lie money, it shall be the duty of the town superinten- for the term of two years, after the same are received, dent to designate the respective proportions of teach: by reason of the non-compliance of all the school dis. ers' and library money belonging to each district, and tricts in his town with the provisiens of this Title, such io pay over as much as is designated teachers' money, moneys shall be returned by him to the county trea. on the written order of a majority of the trustees of surer, to be by him apportioned and distributed, toge. each district, to the teachers entitled to receive thether and in the same inanner with the moneys next

thereafter to be received by him, for the use of common No. 244 24. No moncys shall be apportioned and paid schools. to any district or part of a district, unless it shall ap- No. 35.-- 29. It shall be the duty of the town superinpear by such report, that a school had been kept thereintendent in each town, between the first day of July and for at least four(1) months during the year ending at the first day of August (2) in each year, to make and the date of such report, by a qualified teacher; that po transmit to the county clerk, a report in writing, bearother than a duly qualitied teacher had at any time during date on the first day of July, in the year of its trans. ring the year for more than one month been employed to mission, and stating. teach the school in said district; (c)and that all moneys 1. The whole number of school districts and neighreceived during that year, have been applied to the borhoods, separately set off within the town: payment of the compensation of such teacher: and no 2. The districts, parts of districts, and neighborhoods, portion of the library money shall be apportioned or from which reports shall have been made to him, or his puid to any district or part of a district, unless it shall immediate predecessor in oflice, within the time limited appear from the last annual report of the trustees, that for that purpose: the library money received at the last preceding appor. 3. The length of time a school shall have been kept in sionment was duly expended according to law, on or each of such districts or parts of districts, distinguishbefore the first day of October subsequent to such ap. ing what portion of that time the school shall have been portionment.(a)

kept by qualified teachers. No. 29-525. No part of such moneys shall be appor. 4. The amount of public moncys received in each of tioned or paid to any separate neighborhood, unless it such districts, parts of districts and neigbborhoods: shall appear from the report of its trustee, that all mo- 6. The number of children taught in each, and the neys received by him during the year ending at the date number of children over the age of five and under sixof such report, have been faithfully applied, in paying teen years, residing in cach: for the instruction of children residing in such neigh 6. The whole amount of moneys received by him, or borhood.

his predecessor in office, during the year ending at the No.30-1$ 2.) Whenever an apportionment of the puh.! date of such report, and since the date of the last prelic money shall not be inade to any school district, in ceding report; distinguishing the amount received from consequence of any accidental omission to make any the county treasurer, from the town collector, and from report required by "aw, or to comply with any other any other and what source. provision of law, or any regulation, the superintendent 1. The manner in which such moneys have been exof common schools may direct an apportionment to be pended, and whether any, and what part remains unex. made to such district, according to the equitable cir. Il pended, and for what cause. cumstances of the case, to be paid out of the public mo. No. 36–162.) It shall be the duty of the town superin. ney on hand; or if the same shall have been distributed, tendent of common schools to state in his annual te. out of the public money to be received in a succeeding | port, the amount of money paid for teachers' wages, in year (2)

addition to the public money paid therefor, in the dis. No.31–26. If after the time when the annual reportstricts, parts of districts and neighborhoods from which are required to be dialed,(3) and before the apportion-reporis shall have been received by him or his immediment of the school moneys shall have been made, a dis: ate predecessor in office, with such other information trict shall be duly allered, or a new district be formed as the superintendent of common schools may from time in the town, so as to render an apportionment founded to require, in relation to the districts and schools with. solely on the annual reports, unjust, as between two or in his town.(3) more districts of the town, the town superintendent No. 37–193.) Town superintendents who neglect to shall make an apportionment among such districts, ac. furnish the information required by the last preceding cording to the number of children in each, over the age section, shall severally forfeit to the town, for the use of five and under sixteen years, ascertaining that num- of the common schools therein, the sum of ten dollars, ber by the best evidence in his power.

to be sued for by the supervisor of the town.(3) No. 32-[$ 1.) The provisions of the twenty-sixth sec. No. 38-9 30. In case the town superintendent in any

town shall not, on or before the first day of August,(4) in (@) Laws of 1843, ch. 133, 5 15.

any year, make such report to the clerk of the county, (1) Altered from three to four months, by chap. 237, s it shall be his duty to give immediate notice of such ne. 2, laws of 1833. The following is an extract from tbai glect to the clerk rá such town. section : "To entitle the scveral school districts with

No. 39--$ 31. The town superintendent neglecting 10

make such report within the limited period, shall for. in this state to their share of the common school fund including the fund authorized by this act to be distribu-l feit to the town, for the use of the common schools ted, it shall be necessary for each school district, after therein, the sum of ten dollars; and the share of school the present year, to maintain a school to be taught hy a

moneys apportioned to such town for the ensuing year, qualified teacher for four months instead of three

may, in the discretion of the superintendent of common months, as now required by law, which four months schools, be withheld, and be distributed among the shall be kept by a qualified ieacher or teachers, after obtaining a certificate of competency from the school in. (1) Laws 1831, chap. 206, $ 1. spectors."

(2) Laws 1931, chap. 206, $ 1. (2) Laws of 1811, chap. 260, $ 2.

(3) Laws of 1937, chap. 241, 2 and 3. (3) Amended by ý 1, ch. 20, laws of 1941.

(4) August inserted by ý 1 of chap. 309, laws of 1835.

other towns in the same county, from which the neces- 2. To attend and to prepare, under his direction, all sary reports shall have been received.

his reports, estimates and apportionments of school No. 40-0 32. When the share of school moneys appor. money, and to record the same and his other proceedtioned to a town, shall thus be lost to the town, by the ings, in a book to be kept for that purpose: neglect of its town superintendent, the town superin. 3. To receive all such communications as may be ditendent guilty of such neglect, shall forfeit to the lowa rected to him by the superintendent of common schools, the full amount, with interest, of the moneys so lost. and to dispose of the same in the manner directed there

No. 41-4 33. Il shall be the duty of the supervisor of in: The town, upon notice of such loss, from the superin- 4. To transmit to the clerk of the county, all such tendent of common schools or county treasurer, to pro- reports as may be made for such clerk, by the cown susecute without delay, in the name of the town, for such perintendeni. forfeiture; and the moneys recovered shall be distribut. 6. To notify the town superintendent, upon receiving ed and paid by such supervisor to the several districts, notice from the county clerk that he has not made his parts of districts, or separate neighborhoods of the annual report, for the purpose of making such report: town, in the same manner as it would have been the And generally to do and execute all such things as duty of the town superintendent to have distributed and belong io his office, and may be required of him by the paid them, if received from the county treasurer. town superintendent.

No. 42—Ø 34. The town superintendent in each town, No. 53-1931.) Town clerks shall be allowed in their shall keep a just and true account of all school moneys accounts for all postages actually paid by them on received and expended by him during the year for which communications from town snperintendent of common he shall have been chosen, and shall lay the same before schools, or from trustees of school districts; and is the board of auditors of the accounts of other town offishall be their duty to transmit to the superintendent, cers at the annual meeting of such board in the same the names of the clerks of the several school districts, year.

to distribate communications from the superintendent No. 43—$ 35. The town superintendent of common to the clerks of the school districts, and to receive and schools in each town, shall, within fifteen days after transmit to the superintendent such returns and papers the termination of his office, render to his successor in as he shall, by regularion, require to be transmitted by office, a just and true account, in writing, of all school them.(1) moneys by him received, before the time of rendering

ARTICLE FOURTH. such account, and of the manner in which the same Of Inspection and Supervision by Town Superintendents. shall have been appropriated and expended by him; and the account so rendered shall be delivered by such' suc

No. 54–44. The town superintendent of common cessor in office to the town clerk, to be filed and record schools in each town, shall be the inspector of common ed in his office.

schools for such town. No. 44-436. If, on rendering such account, any bal.

No. 55–9 45. It shall be bis duty to examine all per. ance shall be found remaining in the hands of the town sons offering themselves as candidates for teaching superintendent, the same shall immediately be paid by common schools in such town.(2) him to his successor in office.

No. 57—5 46. In making such examination, it shall be No. 45–5 37. If such balance, or any par! thereor, the duty of the town superintendent to ascertain the shall have been appropriated by the town superinten qualifications of the candidate, in respect to moral chadent to any particular school district, part of a district racter, learning and ability. or separate neighborhood, and shall remain in his hands No. 58–9 47. If he shall be satisfied in respect to the for the use thereof, a statement of such appropriation qualifications of the candidate, he shall deliver to the shall be made in the account so to be rendered, and the persons so examined, a certificate signed by him, in balance paid to such successor in office, shall be paid such form as shall be prescribed by the superintendent over by him, according to such appropriation.

of common schools. No.46–9 38. Every town superintendent of common

No. 59—9 48. The town superintendent may annulany schools, who shall refuse or neglect to render such an

such certificate given by him or his predecessors in of. account as is above required, or who shall resuse office, , when be shall think proper, giving at least ten neglect to pay over to his successor in otfice, any bal. days' previous notice in writing to the teacher holding ance so found in his hands, or to deliver a statement of it, and to the trustees of the district in which he may the appropriation, if any there be, of such balance, be employed, of his intention to annul the same. shall for each offence, forfeit the sum of one hundred

No. 60-$49. The town superintendent, whenever he dollars.

shall deem it necessary, may require a re-examination No. 47—$ 39. It shall be the duty of such successor in of all or any of the teachers in his towns, for the pur. office, to prosecute without delay, in his name of office, pose of ascertaining their qualifications to continue as for the recovery of such forfeiture, and to distribute such teachers. and pay the moneys recovered, in the same manner as

No. 61--9 50. The annulling of a certificate shall not other school moneys received by him.

disqualify the teacher to whom it was given, until a No. 48-5 40. Such successor in office may bring a

note in writing thereof, containing the name of the suit in his name of office, for the recovery, with inte teacher, and the time when bis certificate was annulrest, of any unpaid balance of r.chool moneys, that sball | led, shall be made by the town superintendent, and filed appear to have been in the hands of any previous town

in the office of the town clerk. superintendent on leaving his office, either by the ac.

No. 62--5 51. Where any school district shall be comcounts rendered by such town superintendent, or by house shail stand on the division live of any two towns,

posed of a part of' iwo or more towns, or any school other sufficient proof.

No, 49—ý 41. In case of the death of such town super. the town superintendent of either town may examine intendent, such suit may be brought against his repre.

into and certify the qualifications of any teacher, ofiersentatives, and all moneys recovered shall be applied ing to teach in such district, in the same manner as is in the same manner as if they had been paid over with provided by the preceding sections of this Article; aud out suit.

may also in the same manner annul the certificate of No. 50— 42. The town superintendent of common

such teacher. schools in each town, shall have the powers and privi.

No. 63—5 52. It shall be the duty of the town superin. leges of a corporation, so far as to enable him to take tendent to visit all such common schools, within his and hold any property transferred to him for the use of town, as shall be organized according to law, at least common schools in such town.

once a year, and oftener if he shall deem it necessary. No. 51-195.) The town superintendent of common No. 64- 63. At such visitation, the town superinten. schools shall be entitled to receive one dollar and dent shall examine into the state and condition of such twenty-five cents per day for every day actually and schools, both as respects the progress of the scholars in necessarily devoted by him in his official capacity, to learning, and the good order of the schools; and may ihe service of the town for which he may be chosen, the give his advice and direction to the trustees and teach same to be paid in like manner as other town officers ers of such schools as to the government thereof, and are paid.(1)

the course of studies to be pursued therein. No. 62- 43. The town clerk, by right of office, shall

ARTICLE FIFTH. be the clerk of the towii superintendent of common schools in cach town, and it shall be his duty,

of the formation of School Districts, and of the Choice, 1. To receive and keep all reports made to the town

Duties and Powers of their Officers. superintendent from the trustees of school districts, No. 664- 55. Whenever any school district shall be and all the books and papers belonging to the town su. perintendent, and to file them in his office:

(1) Laws of 1841, chap. 260, 31.

(2) Varied by laws of 1841, chap. 260, 96. See nex! (1) Laws of 1837, chap. 241, $ 5.

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formed in any town, it shall be the duty of the town su hire, or purchase such school house, and to keep in re. perintendent, within twenty days thereafter, to prepare pair and furnish the same with necessary fuel and apà notice in writing, describing such district, and ap- pendages: pointing a time and place for the first district meeting, 6. To repeal, alter, and modify their proceedings and to deliver such notice to a taxable inhabitant of the from time io time as occasion may require. district.

No. 74(a)- 12. The trustees of each of the several VO. 67—$ 56. It shall be the duty of such inhabitant to school districts next hereafter to be chosen, shall be notify every other inhabitant of the district, qualified to divided by lot into three classes, to be numbered one, Fote at district meetings, by reading the notice in the two and ihree; the term of office of the first class shall bearing of each such inhabitant, or in case of his ab- be one year, of the second, two, and of the third, three; sence from home, by leaving a copy thereof, or of so and one trustee only shall'thereafter annually be electmuch thereof as relates to the time and place of such ed, who shall hold his office for three years, and until a meeting, at the place of his abode, at least six days be successor shall be duly elected or appointed. In case fore the time of the meeting.

of a vacancy in the office of either of ihe trustees, du. No. 65–57. In case sich notice shall not be given, | ring the period for which he or they shall have been reor the inhabitants of a district shall refuse or neglect spectively elected, the person or persons chosen or ap. to assemble, or form a district meeting, when so notifi. pointed to fill such vacancy shall hold the office only for ed; or in case any such district, having been formed ihe unexpired term so becoming vacant. and organized in pursuance of such notice, shall alter. No. 76-19 16.] No town superintendent of common wards be dissolved, so that no competent authority schools or supervisor of a town shall be eligible to the shall exist therein, to call a special district meeting office of trustee of a school district, and no person cho. in the manner hereinafter provided; such notice shall sen a trnstee can hold the office of district clerk or col. be renewed by the lown superintendent, and served in lector (1) the inander above prescribed.

No. 76-19 10.) The inhabitants of any school district, No. 69-ý 58. Every taxable inhabitant to whom a when lawfully assembled in any district meeting, in notice of a district meeting shall have been properly addition to the powers now conferred, may, with the delivered for service, who shall refuse or neglect to consent of the town superiotendent of common schools serve the notice in the manner above in this article ene of the town, designale sites for two or more school. joined, shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of houses for 'such district, and lay a tax on the taxable Eve dollars.

property in such district, to purchase or lease such No. 70-ý 59. Whenever any district meeting shall be sites, and to hire, build or purchase such school houses, called, in the manner prescribed in the preceding sec. || and to keep in repair and furnish the same with neces. tions of this article, it shall be the duty of the inhabi. sary fuel and appendages, and may also in their discre. tants of the districi, qualified to vote at district meet. lion lay a tax not exceeding twenty dollars in any one ings, to assemble together at the time and place men- year, to purchase maps, globes, black-boards and other tioned in the notice.

school apparatus.(2) No. 71-167.] Every male person of full age, resi No.77–196.] The inhabitants of school districts shall ding in any school district, and entitled 'o hold lands have power, whenever they shall be lawfully assembled in this state, who owns or hires real property in such at any district meeting, to vole a tax for the purchase district subject to taxation for school purposes, and of a book for the purpose of recording the proceedings every resident of such district authorized io voie at of their respective districts(3) town meetings of the town in which such district No. 79–9 62. In each school district an annual meet. or part of district is situated, and who has paid anying shall be held at the time and place previously ap. rate-bill for teachers' wages in such district, within pointed; and at the first district meeting, and at each one year preceding, or who owns any personal pro- annual meeting, the time and place of holding the next perty liable to be cared for school purposes in such annual meeting shall be fixed. district, exceeding fisty dollars in value, exclusive 1:o. 79--19 17.) Whenever the time for holding annual of such as is exempt from execution and no others, || n:retings in a district ior the election of district offi. shall be entitled to vote at any school district meeting cars shall pass without such election being held, a spe. held in such district.(1)

cial meeting shall be notified by the clerk of such dis. No. 72–198.) If any person offering to vote at any trict to choose such officers; and if no such notice be school district meeting, shall be challenged as unquali- given by him or the trustees last elected or appointed, fied by any legal voter in such district, the chairman within iwenty days after such time shall have passed, presiding at such meeting shall require the person so of any inhabitant of such district qualified to vote at dis. fering, to make the following declaration:"I do declare trict meetings, may notify such meeting in the manner and affirm thatlam an actual resident of this school provided by law in case of the formation of a new disdistrici, and that I am qualified to vote at this meet. lirict; and the officers chosen at any such special meeting." And every person making such declaration shall ling, shall hold their office until the time for holding be permitted to vote on all questions proposed at such the next annual meeting, and all elections of district meeting; but if any person shall refuse io make such officers heretofore had at a special meeting, are here. declaration, his voie shall be rejected (1)

by confirmed and declared valid.(4), No. 73–19 9.] Every person who shall wilfully make No. 80-19 4.) When the clerk and all the trustees of a false declaration or bis right to vote at a district a school district, shall have removed, or otherwise vameeting, upon being challenged as herein before provi- I cated their office, and where the records of a district ded, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and pun- shall bave been destroyed or lost, or where trustees ishable by imprisonment in the county jail for a lermneglect or refuse to call meetings to choose trustees, not exceeding one year, nor less than six months, all the superintendent of common schools shall have auibe discre:ion of the count; and any person voting at thority to order such meetings, and all elections of any school district meeting without being qualified, district officers, heretofore had at meetings ordered by shall, on conviction, be subject to a fine ofien dollars, the superintendent, are hereby declared to be legal to be sued for and recovered by the trustees of the dis and valid.(5) trict for its use, and with costs of suit, before any jus- No. 81-10 is.) When in consequence of the loss of lice of the peace.(1)

the records of a school district, or the omission to de. No 74--61. The inhabitants so entitled to vote, | signate the day for its annual meeting, there shall be when so assembled in such district meeting, or when none fixed, or it cannot be ascertained, the last truslawfully assembled at any other district meeting, shall tee of such district may appoint a day for bolding the have power, by a majority of the votes of those pre- annual meeting of such district; and all such appointsent,

ments heretofore made by the superintendent of com1. To appoint a moderator for the time being : mon schools are hereby confirmed; and the elections and

? To adjourn from time to time, as occasion may re. l other proceedings had at the meetings so appointed, quire :

are declared valid (6) 3. To choose a district clerk, three trustees, and one No. 82—63. A special meeting shall be held in each district collector, at their first meeting, and as often as | district whenever called by the trustees; and the pro. soch offices, or either of them, become vacated: ceedings of no district meeting, annual or special, shall

4. To designate a site for a district.school house. 5. To lay such tar on the taxable inhabitants of the (a) Laws of 1843, ch. 133, 12. district as the meeting shall deem sufficient to purchase (1) Laws of 1841, ch. 200, 916, (2) Ibid. $ 10. or lease a suitable site for a school house, and to build, (3) Laws of 1837, ch. 241, ý 6.

(4) Laws of 1841, ch. 260, $ 17. (1.) Section 60 of original title abrogared, and $ 7,8 (5) Laws of 1939, ch. 330, 0 4. and 9 of ch. 260, laws of 1841, substituted.

(6) Laws of 1841, ch. 260, Ø 18.

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