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OF FREE SCHOOLS.

CHAPTER 113

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AN ACT to repeal and supply an act to authorize the School Committee of

United School Districts Nos. 125 and 171 in Sussex County to borrow money to build a Schoolhouse, passed at Dover, April 23d, 189r.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Act to au

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SECTION 1. That an act to authorize the school comtricts Nos. mittee of United School Districts Nos. 125 and 171, in TO Bardou?! Sussex county, to borrow money to build a school house, money re- etc., passed at Dover, April 23, 1891, be and the same is

hereby repealed and the following enacted in lieu thereof.

Commis. sioners authorized to borrow

Loan se

mortgage.

That the commissioners of United School Districts No.

125 and 171, Sussex county, be and they are hereby authormoney for ized and empowered to borrow a sum of money not exceeding schoolhouse. two hundred and fifty dollars for the purpose of repairing and

enlarging the schoolhouse in said united school districts.

SECTION 2. That for the purpose of securing to the cured by bond and loaner or loaners the payment of the money so to be borrowed

under the provisions of this act, with interest thereon, the the school commissioners are authorized and empowered to make and execute and to deliver to the loaner or loaners the bond of said united school districts, and also a mortgage upon any or all real estate owned by the said united school

districts at the time of the execution thereof, signed by the How paid. said school committee. Such bond or bonds or mortgage shall

be made to become due and payable in three equal annual installments with the accrued interest on the sum unpaid, and shall bear interest at any rate not exceeding six per cent.

per annum. Money to be SECTION 3. That the money borrowed, as aforesaid, shall

not be used nor applied to any other purpose than that named in Section 1 of this act.

used for what pur. pose.

Act ex. cluded from

SECTION 4. That the Secretary of State is hereby authorpublication, ized to exclude from publication in the laws of this state the

act which is repealed under the provisions of this bill.

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SECTION 5. That the repairs upon said schoolhouse, as Repairs let provided for in Section ist, shall be done by contract; the bidder. said commissioners shall issue proposals and shall accept the bid of that responsible bidder who shall agree to do the repairs for the least money.

SECTION 6. This shall be and be taken to be a public act.
Passed at Dover, May 14, 1891.

CHAPTER 114.

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AN ACT for the Advancement of Popular Education. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met, (twoThirds of each branch of the Legislature concurring therein) as follows:

SECTION 1. That on and after the passage of this act the Districts School Districts Nos. 8, 12, 93, 153 and 160 in the county 93, 153 and of Sussex, as now bounded or may hereafter be bound, shall 26. consoliform one united school district, and shall be governed and managed by a Board of Public Education, consisting of How nine members, to be elected or appointed as hereinafter pro

governed. vided.

Education.

SECTION 2. That William D. Lank, John R. Black, Board of Charles G. Waples, William H. Megee, John H. B. Mustard, William H. Chandler, John H. Davidson, Thomas H. Douglass and John Ponder shall constitute and form the board of education of said united districts, and they and their successors shall be and they are hereby created a body politic and corporate under the name and style of the Commissioners of Corporate the Public School of the town of Milton and vicinity, of the county of Sussex and State of Delaware. The board of Board of commissioners shall have the direction and superintendence of the public education of children in said united districts powers and between the ages of six and twenty-one years, and for that purpose shall have full power and authority to establish and

name.

Commis. sioners,

of

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from time to time to alter and modify a plan and system of education for children between the ages aforesaid, in the said united districts and to superintend the same; to appoint, suspend and remove teachers and to provide schoolhouse; to make by-laws, rules and regulations for their own governinent, and for the government of teachers and schools under their superintendence; to designate and elect officers of the said board, and to fill vacancies in the said board in whatever manner caused until the next election for inembers of the board, and to take and acquire, receive, hold and enjor, for the purposes aforesaid, moneys and real estate and personal estate, by bargain and sale, gift, grant, contract, devise or bequest; and by the name aforesaid may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in the courts of this State and elsewhere; may have a common seal, with power to alter the

same, and otherwise generally shall be clothed with all the Commis.

rights, powers and privileges incident to a corporation and

necessary for carrying out the purposes of their creation. The compensar. commissioners shall receive no compensation for their ser

vices.

sioners to receive no vices.

Terms of
office of
Board of
Education.

School elections

Annual school election.

SECTION 3. That the terms of office of the Board of Education or corporators appointed by the foregoing section of this bill shall be as follows: The first three names to serie for the term of one year, the next three to serve for the term of two years, and the remaining three to serve for the term of three years, or until their successors are elected. Their successors to be elected by the school voters of said united districts at a regular school meeting on the first Saturday in April of the year in which their term expires.

SECTION 4. The school voters of said united school districts shall meet on the first Saturday of April, A. D. 1892, and on the first Saturday of April in each and every year thereafter at the schoolhouse, and shall elect three commissioners to serve for the term of three years and until their successors be duly chosen and qualified, and shall likewise elect commissioners to fill all vacancies for the unexpired term. The election shall be held in the afternoon and the polls shall be opened at 2 o'clock, or within thirty minutes thereafter, and closed 4 o'clock. The board shall give ten dars notice of said election and of the day, hour and place of holding the same, and of the inspectors appointed by them to hold the same, and of the number of commissioners to be elected thereat, by written or printed handbills posted in ten

Term of office of Commis. sioners. Time of elections. Notice of election.

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do Oath of

Election.

the votes.

of the most public places in said united school districts. They shall appoint, at least ten days before holding said elec- Inspectors tion, an inspector and an assistant inspector, who shall preside tant Inspecthereat. The inspectors shall not be members of the board tors. of commissioners and shall, before opening the polls, each take an oath or affirmation as follows: I, solemnly swear or affirm that in holding the election this Inspector. day for meinbers of the board of commissioners of the public schools of the town of Milton and vicinity in the county of Sussex and State of Delaware, I will faithfully and impartially discharge my duty and make true certificates of the result thereof and deliver the same according to law, so help me God, or, so I solemnly affirm. This oath may be admin-By whom adistered by the inspector, assistant inspector, a justice of the ministered. peace or a notary public. The inspector shall appoint two Clerks of clerks, one to be appointed by the inspector and the other by his assistant, who shall keep true and correct lists of the persons voting at said elections. The inspector shall, as soon Counting of as the polls have closed, proceed to count the votes and ascertain the result and shall

, immediately upon ascertaining the result of said election, make out and sign certificates thereof Certificate of and shall deliver, without delay, one of said certificates to whom dethe secretary of the board of commissioners, one to each of the persons elected, and one other to the Clerk of the Peace of Sussex county to be kept as a public record. Every person Qualificaresiding within the said united school districts and having a right to vote for Representatives in the General Assembly (and having paid his school tax for the preceding year) shall be a school voter of said united school districts. And if any Illegal person not being so qualified shall vote at any meeting of school voters therein he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined fifteen dollars. If a'vote is objected Penalty. to the inspectors must unite in rejecting it or the vote Challenges shall be accepted. If any one who shall be appointed by Inspectors the board of commissioners, either inspector or assistant in- refusington spector, shall neglect or refuse to serve as such inspector or neglectng to assistant inspector, without rendering an excuse to be accepted by the board, he shall forfeit and [pay] to the said Penalty. board the sum of five dollars, to be recovered by the board in an action before a justice of the peace. If the board shall Failure to fail to appoint an inspector or assistant inspector, or both, spectors, ten days before said election, or if the inspector or assistant inspector, or both, shall be absent from the place of election at the time of opening the same, the school voters there

livered.

tions of voters.

voting

serve.

&c

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How remedied.

shall proceed forth with, without ballot, to choose from the

voters present either an inspector or assistant inspector, or Failure to both, as the case may be. If the board of commissioners of election shall in any year fail to give written or printed notice of said

election, as required herein, the school voters of said united district shall, notwithstanding said failure, meet on the day and at the time and place herein appointed and pro

ceed to elect inspectors and commissioners, as herein proTaking vided in case of notice duly given. If any inspector or illegal or retusing to assistant inspector, or both of them, shall knowingly take take legal

the vote of a persou not having the right to vote, or shall neglect or refuse to make and deliver certificates of the result of an election, as required hierein, he or they shall be guilty

of a misdemeanor, and shall forfeit and pay fifty dollars, to Penalty. be adjudged on an indictment and conviction, and to be paid

to the board of commissioners aforesaid for the benefit of the schools under their charge.

votes.

Organization of Board

sioners.

Stated meetings.

how filled.

SECTION 5. The commissioners shall meet annually in of Commis- the place where the election was held on the Monday fol

lowing the election, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, and organize the board by the election of a president and secretary, who shall be members of the board, and shall hold stated meetings once every month, and special meetings when re

quired by the president or a majority of the commissioners, Visiting and by a comunittee, or otherwise. Shall visit all the schools schools.

in the district once a month while the schools are in session. Quorum.

A majority of the board shall form a quorum, and any Vacancies, vacancy occasioned by death, resignation, or otherwise,

shall be filled by the board by choosing commissioners to serve till the next annual election, and until their successors be duly elected and qualified; provided, however, that no one shall be a commissioner who is not a qualified voter of said united districts, and if any one having been elected a commissioner shall then be and shall after cease to be a qualified voter of said united districts, he shall thereupon cease to be one of the commissioners aforesaid. Provided further, however, that if any one shall remove from the said united districts he shall thereupon ipso facto cease to be a commissioner and his office of commissioner shall be vacant. And provided further, however, that all vacancies must be ascertained and declared by a two-thirds vote of the other members of said board. The commissioners shall be sworn, by each other, faithfully and impartially to perform their duties as members of said board.

Proviso.

Proviso.

Proviso.

Oath of Commis. sioners,

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