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Proviso, general registration,
Notice of registration or election.
Postin and publication,
election laws for said city or township: Provided, That the
(380) Sec. 16. Notice of the time and place of holding any registration or annual or special election in any school district of the third class hereunder shall be given by the city, village or township clerk, where such registration or election is held at the same time as the city, village or township registration or election, and by the secretary of the board of education, if such registration or election is held at another time than that at which the city, village or township registration or election is held. Such notice of election shall be given at least ten days before the election is to be held, and shall contain besides the time and place of the election, the offices to be filled and the names of the candidates for such offices, together with a brief statement of the substance of any questions to be submitted to the school electors at such election. Notice of the holding of a meeting of the board of registration shall be given at least fifteen days previous to the time of holding same, and shall contain, beside the time and place of holding it, a statement of the object of such meeting. Notices of registration or of election in any such district shall be written or printed and posted in at least three public places in each voting precinct of said district, and shall be published in one or more of the daily papers of general circulation in said district, if any there be, at least six times within the ten days next preceding the registration or election, and if there is no daily paper of general circulation in said district, the notice shall be published at least once within said period in all of the weekly newspapers of general circulation in said district.
(381) Sec. 17. Nominations for members of the board of education of any school district of the third class hereunder shall be made by petition signed by not less than fifty qualified school electors of said district and this petition shall be filed, at least fifteen days before the election at which the nominee is a candidate, with the clerk of the city, village or township, if the school election is held at the same time as the election in the city, village or township in which said district is located, and with the secretary of the board of education for said district, if the election is held at another time than that at which the city, village or township election is held. Said petition shall be substantially in the following form: “We, the undersigned, resident school electors of the school district of ....
(here insert the name of the district) hereby nominate
... (here insert the name of the candidate) as member of the board of education for the school district of
. (here insert the name of
Nomination of board of education.
Petition, form of.
the district).” No elector shall sign petitions for more candidates than there are members of the board to be elected. Upon the filing of such petition the city, village or township Filing and
certification. clerk or the secretary of the board of education, as the case may be, shall place the same in the public files of his office and within five days preceding the election shall certify the names of all nominees to be voted on at said election to the election commissioners for said district.
(382) Sec. 18. The election commissioners for any school Ballot, district of the third class hereunder shall prepare and have preparation, printed an official ballot for such district, which shall be substantially in the same form as provided in the general election law, on which shall be placed the names of all those who have been duly certified to them as nominees for the office of member of the board of education of said school district. In the printing of such ballots the names shall be arranged first alphabetically and the first one hundred ballots printed accordingly, then the name at the top shall be put at the bottom for printing the second hundred and a corresponding change shall be made with cach succeeding one hundred ballots printed. No party emblem or designation shall be placed upon school election ballots. At the head of each ballot shall be printed the words, “For Members of the Board of Education. Vote for
(here insert the number to be elected).”
(383) Sec. 19. The board of election inspectors in each Canvass precinct of every district of the third class hereunder imme- of vote in
precinct. diately after the close of the polls at any election shall canvass the votes cast in their precinct and make a return thereof to the clerk of the city, village or township, in those districts where the school election is held at the same time as that of the city, village or township in which the district or the greater part thereof is situated, or to the secretary of the board of education, in those districts where the election is held at another time than the city, village or township election. The city, village or township clerk or the secretary of
Returns, the board of education, as the case may be, shall present the when and returns certified to him for the whole district to the board of education for said district at its first meeting following the election. The board of education of each such district shall District convene at the usual hour and place of meeting on the Thursday next succeeding any election and shall canvass the returns of the votes cast for all candidates for the office of member of the board of education and on any question or questions submitted to the voters of the district at such election, according to the returns filed with them by the clerk or secretary, as the case may be. When such canvass shall be finished Filing the secretary of the board of education shall prepare a certificate in triplicate under the corporate seal of the district setting out the findings of the board in the matter of the election and giving in detail the number of ballots cast for each candidate and the number of ballots cast for or against any
Notice to person elected.
proposition or question submitted to the electors at such election, one copy of which he shall file in the office of the county clerk of the county, one in the office of the clerk of the city,
village or township, in which the said district or the greater Who deemed part thereof is situated, and one in his own office. At the first elected.
election held under this act in any such district the two persons receiving the highest number of votes for members of the board of education shall be declared elected to such office for the term of six years, the two receiving the next highest number of votes shall be declared elected to such office for the term of four years, and the two receiving the next highest number of votes shall be declared elected to such office for
the term of two years. In all succeeding elections in any such plurality
district the person or persons receiving the highest number of votes for the office voted for shall be declared elected to the same by the board of education. If at any election two or more persons shall receive an equal number of votes for the same office, the board of education shall choose one of said persons by lot as the person who shall fill the office. Within five days after the completion of the canvass, the secretary of the board of education shall notify in writing each person de
clared elected of his election, and within ten days after reAcceptance ceipt of such notice, each person receiving the same shall file and oath.
with the secretary his written acceptance of the office to which he has been elected and shall qualify by taking and subscribing the oath of office required by the constitution and
filing the same with the secretary of the board. When office
(384) Sec. 20. The office of a member of the board of vacant. education of any district of the third class hereunder shall
become vacant immediately upon the happening of any of the following events: The death of the incumbent, his resignation, his removal from office, his removal from the district, his conviction of any infamous crime, his neglect to file his acceptance of office, or his refusal to give or renew any offi
cial bond, within the prescribed time or his ceasing to be a How
taxpayer in the school district. In case of a vacancy or vasupplied.
cancies in the office of member of the board of education in any such district, the remaining members of the board, if
three or more in number, shall immediately appoint a qualiSpecial fied elector to fill the vacant office or offices. In the event to fill. that the offices of four or more of the members of the said
school board become or are vacant at the same time, the remaining members of the board, if such there be, shall call immediately a special election of the district to fill such vacancies, and if such election is not called by the remaining members of the board within twenty days after the happening of four or more vacancies, or if all of the offices of the members of the board shall become vacant, the clerk of the city, village or township in which the district or the greater portion thereof is situated shall call a special election for said district to fill the existing vacancies. Any person elected or appointed to fill a vacancy in the board of education of
any district of the third class hereunder shall file his acceptance and qualify as hereinbefore provided and shall hold such office until the next succeeding annual election, at which time the electors of said district shall vote for nominees to fill such office for the unexpired portion of the term.
(385) Sec. 21. The members of the board of education of President, any district of the third class hereunder elected at the first etc. election held under this act shall meet on the second Monday of July succeeding their election and annually on the same day thereafter, and organize the board by electing from their number a president, and secretary and a treasurer who need not be one of their number. The said board shall hold regu- Meetings. lar meetings on the second Monday of each month or on such other day or days as it may in its by-laws provide. The said board may in its by-laws provide for calling and holding special meetings. A majority of the board shall constitute Quorum. à quorum and it shall keep a proper record of all of its proceedings.
(386) Sec. 22. The duties of the treasurer of such board Duties of shall be to keep the funds of said district, to keep proper books of account thereof, to keep an interest account of the interest received from all school funds belonging to the district and credit all interest received thereon to said funds, to pay out the funds belonging to the school district for the purposes specified by law, or in the case of gifts or donations for the purposes for which said money is given or donated, on a proper order signed by the secretary and countersigned by the president of the said board, and such other duties as the said board may in its by-laws prescribe. The said board Duties of may prescribe the duties of the secretary, and provide for the secretary. salary to be paid the secretary and treasurer thereof and may require proper bonds from such officers. No member of such board of education or officer thereof except the secretary and treasurer shall receive any compensation for any service rendered the district and no member of such board of education or any officer thereof shall be pecuniarily interested in any way, directly or indirectly, in any contract with or for the schools of his district. No member of any such board shall be eligible to appointment to any position carrying with it compensation from the school funds for the space of at least one year following his retirement therefrom.
(387) Sec. 23. The board of education of any school dis- Powers and trict of the third class hereunder shall have the following powers and duties :
(a) To locate, acquire, purchase or lease in the name of the district such site or sites for schoolhouses, libraries, agricultural farms, athletic fields and play grounds as may be necessary, to purchase, lease, acquire, erect or build such building for school or library or for use in connection with agricultural farms, athletic fields and play grounds, as may be necessary, to pay for the same out of the funds of the district provided for that purpose, to sell any real or personal
property of the district which is no longer required thereby for school purposes and to give proper deeds, bills of sale or other instruments passing title to the same;
(b) To institute and maintain proceedings in the proper court for the condemnation of private property for public use for all purposes for which said board is authorized by law to acquire and hold property, when said board shall have first declared the taking necessary for such use and that the same is for the use and benefit of the public. When the board shall have made such declaration such condemnation proceedings shall be instituted and conducted in the court specified and in the manner provided by the general laws of the state relating to the condemnation of private property for public use;
(c) To establish and carry on such grades, schools and departments or courses of study as it shall deem necessary or desirable for the maintenance and improvement of public education;
(d) To establish, equip and maintain agricultural, trade and other vocational schools and, if deemed necessary by such board, to acquire land outside the limits of the said school district therefor, and to have general control thereover for school purposes;
(e) To borrow for temporary school purposes such sum or sums of money and on such terms as it may deem desirable and to give notes of the district therefor: Provided, That no such loan shall be made for any sum which together with the total amount of any outstanding loan or loans for such purposes shall exceed the sum of ten dollars per capita of the school population of the district;
(f) To borrow such sum or sums of money as it may deem necessary to purchase sites for buildings, play grounds, athletic fields or agricultural farms and to purchase or erect and equip any building or buildings which it is authorized to purchase and erect, or to make any permanent improvement which it is authorized to make, and to accomplish this by the issue and sale of bonds of such school district in such form or on such terms as the board may deem advisable, or by any other reasonable means: Provided, That no loan shall be made and no bonds shall be issued for a longer term than twenty years nor for any sum which together with the total outstanding indebtedness of the district shall exceed two per cent on the assessed valuation of the taxable property within such district unless the proposition of making such loan or of issuing bonds shall have been submitted first to a vote of the school electors of the district at a general or special school election and approved by a majority of the electors actually voting on the same, in which event loans may be made or bonds may be issued for the purposes hereinbefore set forth in an amount which together with the total outstanding indebtedness of the district shall not exceed five per cent on the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the district;