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Shall vote no extra allowance,
When salaries commence.
SEC. 14. Neither the Senate or House of Representatives shall be authorized to vote any extra allowance to its officers.
SEC. 15. The salaries of the present State officers, justices of the supreme court and judges of the district court elect shall commence on the first Monday of January, 1861, and the salaries of the State officers, provided for in this act, hereafter elected or appointed, shall commence from the time they are qualified and enter upon the discharge of their duties.
SEC. 16. This act to take effect and be in force from and after its publication.
Approved May 20, 1861.
Take effect when.
Education under the supervision perintendent,
Have general supervision.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas :
SECTION 1. The educational interests of the State shall be of the state. Sa- under the supervision and management of the State Superintend
ent of Public Instruction. He shall, before he enters upon the
SEC. 2. He shall have a general supervision over the common
the State, at least once in each year, for the purpose of awaken
ing an interest in the cause of education throughout the State. Progetto oficial He shall file, and carefully preserve in his office, the official re
ports made to him by the County Superintendents of the several
Sec. 3. It shall be his duty to recommend the most approved
correspondence as may enable him to obtain all necessary infor-
Sec. 4. He shall prepare, for the use of common school offi
Recommend text books.
cers, suitable forms for making reports and conducting all neces. Prepare suitable sary proceedings, and he shall cause the laws relating to common ed. and distributschools, with the forms aforesaid, and such instructions as he may deem necessary, to be printed in pamphlet form, and he shall cause the same to be distributed to the common school officers of the State.
SEC. 5. He shall, on the first Monday of February in each Apportion school year, apportion among the several counties of the State, according to the number of children in each, over the age of five and under the age of twenty-one years, the amount of school money in the treasury for the support of common schools the current year, and he shall certify, such apportionment to the State Treas- Certify appor
He shall, also, certify to the Treasurer and County Super- whom. intendent of each county, the amount apportioned to their county, and he shall draw his orders on the State Treasurer, in favor of shall draw his the county treasurer of each county, for the amount apportioned to said county.
SEC. 6. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall Have an office. have an office at the Seat of Government, where shall be kept all books and papers appertaining to the business of his office. Copies of all papers filed in his office, and his official acts, may omolal sota oerbe certified by him, and, when so certified, shall be evidence, Evidenco. equally and in like manner as the papers.
Sec. 7. He shall prepare, in each year, a report, to be submit- Yearly report ted to the Legislature, bearing date on the last day of December, containing : First, A statement of the number of common schools in the State, the number of scholars attending the same, their sex, and the branches taught; a statement of the number of private or select schools in the State, so far as the same can be ascertained, and the number of scholars attending the same, their sex, and the branches taught; a statement of the number of normal schools in the State, and the number of students attending them; the number of academies and colleges in the State, and the number of students, and their sex, attending them, and such other matters of interest as he may deem expedient, drawn from the reports of the county superintendents of the several counties in the State, and from other reports received on the subject of education, from trustees or other school boards within the State. Second, A statement of the condition of the common school funds of the State, including moneys, school lands or other property held in trust by the State, for the support of common schools. Third, Estimates and accounts of the receipts and expenditures for the current year. Fourth, A statement of plans
for the management and improvement of common schools, and such other information relating to the educational interests of the State as he may deem important.
Sec. 8. He shall discharge such other duties as may be provided by law, and he shall deliver to his successor, within ten days after the expiration of his term of office, all books, papers, documents and other property belonging to the office.
County Sup't. have charge of school interest of county,
Oath filed with county clerk.
Divide county into districts.
Number school districts. File papers.
DUTIES OF COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT. Seo. 1. The County Superintendent of Public Instruction shall have charge of the common school interests of the county. He shall, before be enters upon the discharge of the duties of his office, take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, to support the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Kansas, and faithfully to discharge the duties of his office, which oath or affirmation shall be filed in the office of the county clerk.
SEC. 2. It shall be his duty to divide the county into a convenient number of districts, and to alter the same when the interests of the inhabitants of the several districts may require it; and, if any county shall have been imperfectly or partly districted, he shall proceed, as soon as practicable, to complete and perfect the districting of said county, and he shall describe and number the school districts of the county, and file the papers, containing such description, in his office.
SEC. 3. On the second Monday of March in each year, or as soon thereafter as he shall receive the certificate of the State Superintendent, certifying the amount apportioned to his county for the use of common schools for the current year, portion such amount to the several districts or parts of districts within the county, in proportion to the number of children residing in each, over the age of five and under the age of twenty-one years, as the same shall appear from the last annual reports of the clerks of the respective districts, and he shall draw his order on the county treasurer, in favor of the several district treasurers, for the amount apportioned to each district; Provided, No district shall be entitled to receive any portion of the common school fund in which a common school has not been taught at least three months during the year.
SEC. 4. He shall visit each school in the county, at least once each term, for the purpose of examining into the condition of the school, of ascertaining the text books used, and of giving such
he shall ap
advice as he
in reference to the course of studies pursued, and the general interests of the school.
Sec. 5. He shall see that the annual reports of the clerks of Sepetat anormale the several school districts in his county are made correctly, and in due time.
Sec. 6. He shall examine, annually, all persons offering them- Examine teachselves as teachers of common schools in his county, in regard to moral character, learning, and ability to teach school, and he shall give to each person examined and found qualified to teach, Give a certificate. a certificate, signed by him, officially ; and, any person receiving such certificate, shall be deemed a qualified teacher, within the meaning of this act.
Sec. 7. Whenever a school district shall be formed in any formation of discounty, the County Superintendent of Public Instruction of such triet. county shall, within fifteen days thereafter, prepare a notice of the formation of such district, describing its boundaries, and stating the number thereof, and appointing a time and place for the first district meeting. He shall cause the notice thus prepared, to be posted in at least five public places in the district, Notico posted. at least ten days before the time appointed for such meeting.
SEC. 8. He shall, between the first and twentieth days of No- Transmit to State vember of each year, make and transmit in writing, to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a report, bearing date on the first day of November of each year, containing a statement of the number of school districts or parts of districts in the county, and the number of children and their sex, resident in each, over the age of five and under the age of twenty-one years; a statement of the number of district schools in the county, the length of time a school has been taught in each, the number of scholars attending the same, their sex, the branches taught, and the text books used; the number of teachers employed in the same, and their sex; a statement of the number of private or select schools in the county, so far as the same can be ascertained, and the number of scholars attending the same; the number of teachers employed in the same, their sex and the branches taught; a statement of the number of graded schools in the county, the length of time school has been taught in each, and the number of scholars attending the same, their sex and the branches taught, the number of teachers employed in the same, and their sex ; a statement of the condition of the normal school, where such school shall be established, the number of students attending the same, their sex, and the number of teachers employed in the same, and their sex; a statement of the number of academies
and colleges in the county, and the number of students attending
Sec. 9. He shall discharge such other duties as a preDeliver to unconscribed by law, and he shall deliver to bis successor, " din ten
days after the expiration of his term of office, all the busks and
papers appertaining to his office, Vacanoy, county
Sec. 10. If a vacancy occurs in the office of County Superintendent of Public Instruction, by death, resignation or otherwise, notice thereof shall be given by the county clerk to the board of county commissioners, who shall, as soon as practicable, appoint
some suitable person to fill the vacancy, and the persou receiving Persom appointed such appointment shall, before entering upon the disciarge of
the duties of the office, file his oath or affirmation in the county
Discharge duties prescribed by law.
gor books papers.
take an Oath filed.
Have power to
Fifth, To vote a tax annually, not exceeding one half of one per cent., on the taxable property in the district, as the meering skall deem sufficient, to purchase or lease a site ; Provided, When not in
; Shall not contain cluded within the limits of an incorporated town or via e, said
Site for sohool
site shall not contain less than one acre, and to build, h : or pur