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and imprisonment on parents convicted of giving false information to census enumerator (1687). The same penalty may be inflicted on the enumerator for making a false report. Special meetings may be called by the district board. It
is the duty of the board or any one of them, to call such meetings on the written request of not
less than five legal voters of the district, by giving the required notice. No special meeting can legally be called, unless the business to be transacted may lawfully come before such meeting (4660).
Six days' notice of all district meetings must be given by
the posting of written notices in three of the
most public places of the district. These notices are prepared by the director, and one copy is placed on the outer door of the school house (4661). When a special meeting is called for the purpose of estab
lishing or changing a school site, a ten days'
notice is required. It is the duty of any school officer, upon receiving a re
quest signed by five legal voters, to call such
meeting on a date between six and twelve days from the time such request is received. All notices of special meetings must contain a statement
of all the business which is proposed to be trans
acted at such meeting (5048). Failure on the part of a director to give notice of an annual
meeting, does not invalidate the proceedings of the meeting, unless it appears that the director
wilfully and fraudulently omitted to give notice. No notices of district meetings in township districts are re
quired, as the only meeting provided in the act is IN TOWNSHIP the annual township meeting held on the first
Monday of April.
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POWERS OF VOTERS AT DISTRICT MEETINGS.
By the school laws of the state certain powers and duties are delegated to the voters of the district, certain other powers and duties are given wholly to the district officers, while still other powers and duties are given to the district officers with the consent of a majority of the qualified voters. School officers and patrons of schools would save themselves much controversy and litigation, if each would carefully study and correctly determine where the authority rests and, having thus informed himself, carefully avoid assuming responsibility which belongs to others. In this book we shall attempt to arrange these powers and duties in such an order that they may be better understood by those who are en: trusted with their enforcement.
Primary Districts, The qualified voters in any school district, when lawsully assembled at the first and at each annual meeting or at an adjournment thereof or at any special meeting lawfully called, except as otherwise provided, have power (4659): 1. At any meeting after the organization of the district,
in the absence of the moderator, to appoint a chairman and, in the absence of the director, to appoint a person to act in his stead.
2. To adjourn from time to time as occasion may require.
3. To elect district officers.
1. To designate a site or such number of situs LOCATE SITES. as may be desired for school houses, and lo
change the same when necessary. 5. To direct the purchasing or leasing of a site or sites,
lawfully determined upon; also the building, hiring or purchasing of a school house or houses, or the enlarging of a site or sites previously estab
lished. 6. To vote such tax as the meeting may deem sufficient
for purchasing or leasing a site or sites, or for TAX FOR SITES building, hiring or purchasing a school house or
houses; but the amount of taxes to be raised in
any district for the purpose of purchasing or building a school house or houses in the same year that any bonded indebtedness is incurred, shall not exceed, in districts containing less than ten children between the ages of five and twenty years, two hundred and fifty dollars; in districts having between ten and thirty children of like age, it shall not exceed five hundred dollars; and in districts having between thirty and fifty children of like age, it shall not exceed one thousand dollars. (See also Chap. X.) 7. To impose such tax as shall be necessary to keep their
school house or houses in repair, and to provide the necessary appendages and school apparatus; in districts having district libraries, to provide
for the support of the same, and to pay and discharge any debts or liabilities of the district lawfully incurred, and also to pay for the services of any district officer. The tax herein authorized to be voted shall not exceed onehalf the amount which the district is authorized to raise for building school houses. (See also Chap. X.) 8. To authorize and direct the sale of any school house,
site, building or other property belonging to the district, when the same shall no longer be needed for the use of the district.
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9. To give such directions and make such provisions as
they shall deem necessary in relation to the prosecution or defense of any suit or proceeding in
which the district may be a party or interested. 10. To appoint, as in their discretion it may be necessary,
a building committee to perform such duties in supervising the work of building a school house
as they, by vote, may direct. 11. At the first and the annual meetings only, to deter
mine the length of time a school shall be taught in their district during the ensuing year, which
shall not be less than nine months in districts having eight hundred children over five and under twenty years of age, and not less than five months in all other districts, on pain of forfeiture of their share of the primary school interest fund (Act 15, 1895). But in case such matters shall not be determined at the first or annual meetings, the district board shall determine the same; and in case the district fails to vote for at least the minimum length required herein, the district board shall make provisions for said minimum length of school. 12. To appropriate any surplus moneys arising from the
one mill tax (after having maintained a school in the district at least eight months in the school
year), for the purpose of purchasing and enlarging school sites, or for building or repairing school houses, or for purchasing library books, globes, maps and other school apparatus, or for any incidental expenses of the school (4665). 13. By a two-thirds vote of the qualified electors present
at any annual meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose, to borrow money and issue
bonds to pay for a schoolhouse site or sites, and to erect and furnish school building (4707).