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Debts of dissolved or consolidated dii»ti lets how discharged.

Titlb i severai assessments upon the last corrected assessment

roll of the town or towns within which such district is located.

As amended by Laws of 1849, eh. 382.

Provision g 52. When there shall be any moneys in the hands of the moneys be- officers, of a district that is or may be annulled, or belonging dlsfricfs10 to such district, the town superintendent of the town may annulled, demand, sue for and recover the same, in his name of office, and shall apportion the same equitably between the districts to which the several portions of such annulled district may have been annexed, to be held and enjoyed as district property.

6 Pai., 639.

§ 53. Whenever a school district shall be dissolved by consolidation, or otherwise, it shall be the duty of the trustees of such district to make out all the necessary rate-bills and taxlists, and issue their warrants according to law, for the collection of all such sums of money as shall be necessary to discharge all legal liabilities of such district so dissolved or consolidated, and to call special meetings of the legal voters of such district, if it be necessary; to raise money by tax, to discharge such demands, and the collector to whom any such rate-bill or tax-list and warrant shall be delivered for collection, shall have power to execute the same in the same manner and with the like authority as though such district had not been dissolved or consolidated.

Of the potvers of school district itihabitants, and of the choice, duties and powers of school district officers.

<§ 54. Whenever any school district shall be formed in any town, it shall be the duty of the town superintendent, within twenty days thereafter, to prepare a notice in writing, describing such district, and appointing a time and place for the first district meeting, and to deliver such notice to a taxable inhabitant of the district.

1 W., 341; 9 W., 30; 24 W., 266.

<5 55. It shall be the duty of such inhabitant to notify every other inhabitant of the district, qualified to vote at district meetings, by reading the notice in the hearing of such inhabitant, or in case of his absence from home, by leaving a copy thereof, or of so much thereof as relates to the time and place of such meeting, at the place of his abode, at least six days before the time of the meeting.

% 56. In case such notice shall not be given, or the inhabitants of a district shall refuse or neglect to assemble, or form a district meeting, when so notified; or in case any such district, having been formed and organized in pursuance of such notice, shall afterwards be dissolved, so that no competent authority shall exist therein, to call a special district meeting in the manner hereinafter provided; such notice shall be renewed by the town superintendent, and served in the manner above prescribed.

On the formation of districts notice of meeting to be given.

Notice how promulgated.

Notice when to be renewed.

g 57. Every taxable inhabitant to whom a notice of a dis- petauyfor trict meeting shall have been properly delivered for service, reflls,"' or who shall refuse or neglect to serve the notice in the manner above in this article enjoined, shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of five dollars.

§ 58. Whenever any district meeting shall be called, in the P»<t of maimer prescribed in the preceding sections of this article, it tS meet1"* shall be the duty of the inhabitants of the district, qualified to vote at district meetings, to assemble together at the time and place mentioned in the notice.

§ 59. Every male person of full age, residing in any school fntTu"!to district, and entitled to hold lands in this state, who owns or votcl. hires real property in such district subject to taxation for meetings. school purposes, and every resident of such district authorized to vote at town meetings of the town in which such district or part of district is situated, and who has paid any rate-bill for teachers' wages in such district, within one year preceding, or who owns any personal property liable to be taxed for school purposes in such district, exceeding fifty dollars in value, exclusive of such as is exempt from execution, and no others, shall be entitled to vote at any school district meeting held in such district.

4 B., 504.

5 60. If any person offering to vote at any school district ^'iTM meeting, shall be challenged as unqualified by any legal voter persons0 in such district, the chairman presiding at such meeting shall changed. require the person so offering, to make the following declaration: "I do declare and affirm that I am an actual resident of this school district, and that I am qualified to vote at this meeting." And every person making such declaration shall be permitted to vote on all questions proposed at such meeting; but if any person shall refuse to make such declaration, his vote shall be rejected.

5 61. Every person who shall wilfully make a false declara- meank*1,y gor tion of his right to vote at a district meeting, upon being Sfi«e"dfcuchallenged as herein before provided, shall be deemed guilty ration' of a misdemeanor, and punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding one year, nor less than six months, at the discretion of the court; and any person voting at any school district meeting without being qualified, shall, on conviction, be subject to a fine of ten dollars, to be sued for and recovered by the trustees of the district for its use, and with costs of suit, before any justice of the peace.

g 62. The inhabitants so entitled to vote, when so assem- Power of bled in such district meeting, or when lawfully assembled at Seettog. any other district meeting, shall have power, by a majority of the votes of those present:

1. To appoint a chairman for the time being: To appoint

2. To adjourn from time to time, as occasion may require: andarnuul

3. To choose a district clerk, three trustees, a district col- ToXo'se



lector, and a librarian at their first meeting, and as often as such offices or either of them become vacated: site. A. To designate a site for a district school house:

To lay a 5. To lay such tax on the taxable inhabitants of the district, "x as the meeting shall deem sufficient to purchase or lease a suitable site for a school house, and to build, hire or purchase such school house, and to keep in repair and furnish the same with the necessary fuel and appendages: To alter 6. To alter, repeal and modify their proceedings from time Fngs*^" to time as occasion may require:

Book of 7. To vote a tax for the purchase of a book for the purpose minutea. Q£ recor(ung th© proceedings in their respective districts: To desig- 8. With the consent of the town superintendent of the town, foVachoo" to designate sites for two or more school houses, for such dishou8cB, &c. trict, and lay a tax on the taxable property in such district, to purchase or lease such sites, and to hire, build or purchase such school houses, and to keep in repair, and furnish the same with necessary fuel and appendages, and may also in their discretion lay a tax, not exceeding twenty dollars in any one year, to purchase maps, globes, black-boards, and other school apparatus.

24 W., 266; 7 W., 341; 3 D., 114; 4 H., Ill; 4 B., 25; 18 J. K, 3B1; 5 H., 46; 16 J. R., 135; 1 D., 214.

beXvided0 S 63. The trustees chosen at the first legal meeting of any into three school district, shall be divided by lot into three classes, to be ciasse«. numbered, one, two and three; the term of office of the first class shall be one year, of the second, two, of the third, three; and one trustee only shall thereafter annually be elected, who shall hold his office for three years, and until a successor shall be duly elected or appointed. In case of a vacancy in the office of either of the trustees, during the period for which he or they shall have been respectively elected, the person or persons chosen or appointed to fill such vacancy shall hold the office only for the unexpired term. Notice of § 64. Every notice of a district meeting called in pursuance meeting. Qf ^jjg m^ sball state the purpose for which such meeting is called.

3 D, 114.

Annnai § 65. In each school district an annual meeting shall be meeting, jjg]^ a^ flje t\me an(j p]ace previously appointed; and at the first district meeting, and at each annual meeting, the time and place of holding the next annual meeting shall be fixed. Provision § 66. Whenever the time for holding annual meetings in a neglect to district for the election of district officers shall pass without meeting!11*1 sucn election being held, a special meeting shall be notified by the clerk of such district to choose such officers; and if no such notice be given by him or the trustees last elected or appointed, within twenty days after such time shall have passed, the town superintendent or town clerk may order any inhabitant of such district qualified to vote at district meetings, to notify such meeting in the manner provided by law in case of the formation of a new district; and the officers chosen at any such special meeting, shall hold their office until the time for holding the next annual meeting.

§ 67. When the clerk and all the trustees of a school dis- Jj^ <* trict shall have removed or otherwise vacated their office, and gjjgo.' where the records of a district shall have been destroyed or cierk.c lost, or where trustees neglect or refuse to call meetings to choose trustees, the superintendent shall have authority to order such meetings, and the same shall be notified in the manner provided by law in the case of the formation of new districts.

g 68. When in consequence of the loss of the records of a J° J"0'feSf, school district, or the omission to designate the day for its records, annual meeting, there shall be none fixed, or it cannot be ascertained, the trustees of such district may appoint a day for holding the annual meeting of such district.

§ 69. A special meeting shall be held iu each district when- Stings, ever called by the trustees; and the proceedings of no district meeting, annual, or special, shall be held illegal for want of a due notice to all the persons qualified to vote thereat, unless it shall appear that the omission to give such notice was wilful and fraudulent.

6 H., 647; 3 D., 114; 1 D., 214

§ 70. Ho tax to be voted by a district meeting for building, j^^SaJg, hiring or purchasing a school house, shall exceed the sum of ^"ding or four hundred dollars, unless the town superintendent of the Bcho<§ town in which the school house is to be situated, shall certify h0U8ein writing his opinion that a larger sum ought to be raised, and shall specify the sum; in which case, a sum not exceeding the sum so specified, shall be raised; and in districts composed of parts of several towns, the certificate of a major part of the superintendents of said towns shall be necessary for such purpose.

2 D., 232.

§ 71. Whenever a majority of all the taxable inhabitants Jefevied40 of any school district, to be ascertained by taking and record- arcu-oiing the ayes and noes of such inhabitants attending at any 1 annual, special or adjourned school district meeting legally called or held, shall determine that the sum proposed and provided for in the next preceding section, shall be raised by instalments; it shall be the duty of the trustees of such district, and they are hereby authorized to cause the same to be levied, raised and collected, in equal annual instalments, in the same manner, and with the like authority that other school district taxes are raised, levied and collected, and to make out their tax list and warrant, for the collection of such instalments as they become payable according to the vote of the said inhabitants; but the payment or collection of the last instalment shall not be extended beyond five years from

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tax shall be reconsidered except at an adjourned general or special meeting to be held within thirty days thereafter, and the same majority shall be required for reconsideration as is required to levy such tax. g 72. In eveiy case where a district embraces a part of ii'i^fctu more than one town, the town superintendents of the towns $To°reCd so in part embraced, upon application of the trustees of such oue"town.of districts or of those persons liable to pay taxes upon real property therein, shall proceed to enquire and determine whether the valuation of real property upon the several assessment rolls of said towns are substantially just as compared with each other, so far as such district is concerned, and if determined not to be so, they shall determine the relative proportion of taxes that ought to be assessed upon the real property of the parts of such districts so lying in different towns, and the trustees of such district shall thereupon assess the proportion of any tax thereafter to be raised according to the determination of said superintendents until the same shall be altered by said superintendents upon like application, using the assessment rolls of the several towns to distribute the said proportion among the persons liable to be assessed for the same. In cases where two superintendents shall be unable to agree, they shall summon a superintendent from some adjoining town, who shall unite in such inquiry and determination.

9 W., 36; 11 W., 90; 1 D., 214; 10 B., 290; 21 B., 207.

site or § 73. Whenever a school house shall have been built or house not to purchased for a district, the site of such school house shall not Snic6BnbyCd be changed, nor the building thereon be removed, as long as consent. ^he district shall remain unaltered, unless by the consent, in writing, of the town superintendents of common schools, of the town or towns within which such district shall be situated, stating that in their opinion such removal is necessary; nor then, unless a majority of all the taxable inhabitants of said district to be ascertained by taking and recording the ayes and noes, at a special meeting called for that purpose, shall be in favor of such new site.

18 J. R., 351; 9 W., 36; 17 W., 437.

when § 74. Whenever the site of a school house shall have beeu former site changed as herein provided, the inhabitants of the district entitled to vote, lawfully assembled at any district meeting, shall have power by a majority of the votes of those present, to direct the sale of the former site or lot, and the buildings thereon, and appurtenances, or any part thereof, at such price, and upon such terms as they shall deem most advantageous to the district; and any deed duly executed by the trustees of such district, or a majority of them, in pursuance of such direction, shall be valid and effectual to pass all the estate or interest of such school district in the premises intended to be

or lot may be esold.

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