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shall constitute and continue to be a schoal district under this act, to be designated and known as the “School District of
(here insert the name of the city, village or township in which the whole or the greater part of said school district is situated),” with the same territorial limits which it now has or shall have when formed and organized: Pro- Proviso, vided, That the territorial limits of any school district may limits. be increased or decreased at any time by consolidation, division or otherwise in accordance with the laws of this state.
(366) Sec. 2. The said several school districts shall be Classification. and hereby are divided into two classes as follows:
(a) Each school district having a population of twelve thousand or more and less than seventy-five thousand, shall be a school district of the third class;
(b) Each school district having a population of five hundred or more and less than twelve thousand shall be a school district of the fourth class. (367) SEC. 3. In each and every school district described Computation
of population. in section one of this act which embraces all of the territory comprised in a city, village or township, and only that, or which embraces all of the territory comprised in one or more wards of a city and only that, or which embraces all the territory comprised in a city and township, a village and township, or two or more townships, and only that, the latest United States census as set forth in the official report thereof shall be the basis on which the population of said school district shall be computed.
(368) SEC. 4. In every other school district described in Idem. said section the population shall be determined by multiplying the number of school children of that district, as shown by the annual school census, provided for by the laws of this state, taken in the year in which the latest United States census is taken, by the quotient obtained by dividing the total population of the county in which the said district or the greater portion thereof is situated, as shown by the report of the latest United States census, by the total number of school children of the said county, as shown by the school census for the year in which the latest United States census is taken.
(369) SEC. 5. No change shall be made by any school Change district from one class of school districts to another except after the taking of a United States census which shall show the population of such school district to be such as to entitle it to make such change, or except after the taking of a United States census the method of computation provided for in section four of this act shall show, in a district where it is proper to use it, that the population of said district is such as to entitle it to change from one class of school districts to another, or except where the population of two districts consolidated subsequent to the taking of the latest United States census and ascertained from the official report of such census, or, in a proper case, by the method of computation
provided for in section four of this act, is such as to entitle the consolidated district to be in a class different from the class of either of the districts consolidated.
(370) Sec. 6. Whenever hereafter any territory shall be annexed to any city, village or township forming the whole or a part of a school district of the third or fourth class, the territory so annexed shall become a part of the contiguous school district embracing the whole or some part of said city, village or township, and all property of any school district, situated wholly upon the territory so annexed, shall become the property of the school district to which the said territory is adjoined, and said last named district shall assume and pay such proportion of the then existing school indebtedness of the district from which such territory is taken as the assessed value of the taxable property in the territory annexed shall bear to the total assessed value, before such annexation was made, of the taxable property of the entire district from which such territory is taken, the value as shown by the assessment roll for the year preceding the annexation to be used as the basis of the computation.
(371) Sec. 7. Each and every school district described in section one of this act shall be a body corporate, under the name aforesaid, may sue and be sued in its own name, may acquire and take property, both real and personal, for educational purposes, by purchase, gift, grant, devise or bequest, may hold and use the same for such purposes, and may sell and convey the same as the interests of the said school district may require, subject to the conditions herein contained and to the general school law of this state. As such body corporate each and every said school district shall be the successor of any school district corporation heretofore existing within the same territorial limits, and shall be vested with the title to all property, real or personal, now or hereafter vested in the corporation of which it is the successor, and the indebtedness and obligations of the corporation superseded shall become and be the indebtedness and obligations of the succeeding corporation under this act.
(372) Sec. 8. In each respect and matter not hereinbefore provided for, every school district of the fourth class hereunder shall be subject to and governed by the provisions of the law for graded school districts.
(373) Sec. 9. In each school district of the third class hereunder the board of education shall consist of seven members, two of those elected members at the first election held under this act shall serve for two years, two for four years and three for six years; thereafter at the next school election immediately preceding the expiration of the respective terms of these officers their successors shall be elected to serve for terms of six years and until their successors are elected and qualify: Provided, That to provide for a board of education of seven members in school districts which have heretofore organized under this act there shall be elected at the first
Board of education, third class district.
election after this amendment takes effect one member whose term of office shall be for the same period as if he had been elected at the first election for six years.
Am. 1921, Act 44.
(374) SEC. 10. The regular annual school election in Annual school each school district of the third class shall be held at the election. time specified by the law in force in said district, when this law shall go into effect, but the time for holding such election may be changed to the first Monday in June of each year in any such school district, if a majority of the qualified school electors voting in said district voting thereon vote in favor of such change at a regular or special election at which the question of such change is properly submitted to the voters of said district. The members of the board of education in all school districts of the third class hereunder shall be elected at the regular annual school election. (375) SEC. 11. Special elections may be called by the Special
elections. board of education in any school district of the third class hereunder at such times and places in such district as they shall designate, and it shall be the duty of such board to call such an election on receipt of the written request of not less than twenty-five of the legal school voters of the district, by giving the notice hereinafter prescribed. No special election shall be called unless the question to be voted on and decided thereat may lawfully be submitted at such election, and all questions to be submitted at such election shall be stated briefly in the notice thereof.
(376) SEC. 12. At any regular or special election in any Qualified district of the third class hereunder, every citizen of the school United States of the age of twenty-one years or over, male or defined. female, who owns property which is assessed for school taxes in such district, or who is the parent or legal guardian of any child of school age included in the school census of such district, and who has resided in said district at least three nonths next preceding such election, shall be a qualified school elector. Any qualified school elector of any such dis- Qualifications trict who is the owner in his or her own right of property members. assessed for school taxes in said district and whose name appears on the assessment roll of said district at the time of a school election shall be eligible to be chosen as a member of the board of education for that district at said election: Provided, That where a husband and wife own property Proviso, jointly, which appears on the assessment roll in the name of one of them only, each shall be eligible to be chosen as a member of the board of education for the district where they are voters and their property is situated.
(377) SEC. 13. In any school district of the third class When school hereunder where the annual school election is held at the and munisame time as the city, village or township election, the board tions held at of registration, the election commissioners and inspectors and same time. other election officials provided by law for such city, village
husband and wife.
When held at other times.
or township election shall act in their respective capacities Registration for said school election, but the registration and poll books and poll books.
of the school electors shall be kept separate and apart from all others and separate ballot boxes shall be used for the school election.
(378) SEC. 14. In any school district of the third class hereunder where the school election is held at another time than the time for holding the city, village or township election, the board of education shall divide said district into
such voting precincts as in its judgment shall be necessary Precincts, for the school registration and election. Such divisions shall woteine divided be made at least twenty days prior to the first election held
under this act, and a notice containing a diagram of the boundaries of each precinct, with a plain description and the number thereof, shall be posted and published with the notice
of registration hereinafter provided for. In any such district and supplies.
the board of education shall also provide such ballot boxes, poll lists and other supplies or equipment as may be neces
sary or proper for conducting the school registrations and Election com- elections in said district, shall act themselves as a board missioners.
of election commissioners for such district, and shall appoint
three qualified school electors in each voting precinct of said Board of district to compose a board of registration and three qualified registration.
school electors in each such precinct to compose a board of Election election inspectors therefor, and such other officers, if any, inspectors.
as may be necessary to carry on the school registration and election in such district. Such appointments shall be made at least ten days prior to the time for conducting the registration or election, as the case may be, and the secretary of the board of education shall notify each person so appointed of his appointment. No person shall serve on such boards or as an election officer at a school election, unless he or she is a qualified school elector and resides in the precinct for which he or she is appointed, but the same person may be appointed as a member of both boards. In the event that an appointee is unable or refuses to act, the board of education before the time set for the registration or election may appoint
another elector to take his or her place on the board or boards Idem. or as such officer. If any of the persons so appointed, for
any reason, do not appear at the time and place designated for such registration or election, the member or members of the said board of registration or election inspectors present, or if no such member be present, the electors who are present at the place of registration or election, may choose a sufficient
number of electors to take the place or places on the board Oath.
of the member or members who do not appear. Each member of such board of registration or election and any other election officer appointed, before entering upon his duties shall take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office, to be administered by any member of the board of education. The members of either of said boards of registration or election inspectors may administer oaths in proper cases to persons
applying for registration or offering to vote. Each member Per diem for of the board of registration or election inspectors and each
services. other election officer appointed by the board of education of any district shall receive two dollars per day for his services, the same to be audited, passed and paid in the same manner as other claims against said board of education, but in any district where the registration or election officers for the city, village or township election act at the same time as officers for the school registration or election they shall receive no pay for such services in addition to the pay which they receive for acting at the city, village or township election or registration. When the school registration is completed the registration books shall be turned over to the proper officials for use by them on election day. In any district of the third class Polls, time hereunder where the school registration or election is not held open. at the same time as the city, village or township registration or election the polls shall be open for registration and voting for such length of time as the board of education may prescribe.
(379) SEC. 15. No elector of any school district of the third class hereunder, not registered as herein provided, shall sworn in. be entitled or permitted to vote at any annual or special election of said school district unless his or her vote be sworn in substantially as is provided by the general election law. The registration of the qualified electors in every such dis- Registration, trict shall be made in each voting precinct thereof, and the huntecomname, sex and address of each person registering and whether he or she is the owner of property assessed for school taxes and a parent or legal guardian of a child or children of school age shall be specified in the book or books used for school registration. Such registration shall in all respects not herein specified be conducted as near as may be in the same manner as the registration prescribed by the general election laws. All laws of this state for preserving the purity Laws of elections and for preventing fraud and corruption in regis applicable. tration, or elections, and in all matters not covered by the provisions of this act, the general election laws, shall apply in so far as they are applicable to registrations and elections under this act. The first registration of school electors in First any district of the third class hereunder shall be made in each registration. voting precinct of said district on the last Saturday previous to the date of the annual school election, as fixed by the law in force in such district when this act shall go into effect, and thereafter on the last Saturday preceding each annual school election in each precinct of every such district necessary changes shall be made in the registration lists by the board of registration of each precinct: Provided, That in school dis- Proviso. tricts in which the school election is held on the same day as the city or township election, the registration of the qualified school electors in any district of the third class located in such city or township shall be on the same day or days, and by the same officer or officers, as that provided by the general