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School-masters must be approved by visitors.
School of a higher order.
ed, (unless the inhabitants of the district unanimously agree on the place,) shall be fixed, by a committee appointed by the school society for that purpose, who shall return their doings in writing to the clerk of the society, which shall be by him recorded. And all meetings of school districts shall be called by the committee thereof, appointed by the school society, who shall give three days' warning inclusively, to all the qualified voters living in the limits of such district, to meet at some convenient time, and at some convenient place within the district. sect. 8. Each school society shall appoint a suitable number of persons, not exceeding nine, of competent skill in letters, to be overseers, or visitors of the schools in such society, whose duty it shall be to examine the instructors, and to displace such as may be found deficient in any requisite qualification, or who will not conform to the regulations by them adopted; to superintend and direct the general instruction of the scholars; and to visit the schools twice at least, during each season for schooling; at which visitations two or more of them shall be present, when they may require from the master such exercises of the youth, as will show their proficiency in learning. sect. 9. No person shall keep a district school, until he has been examined, and approved, by the visitors of the school society, to which the district belongs, and shall receive a certificate of such examination and approbation, subscribed by such visitors, or a majority of them, or by a committee consisting of not less than three of their number, to be appointed by such visitors, or a majority of them, in any of their meetings, which appointment such visitors are hereby authorized to make. sect. 10. Any school society shall have liberty, by a vote of two thirds of the inhabitants present, in a legal meeting warned for that purpose, to institute a school of a higher order, for the common benefit of the society, the object of which shall be to instruct the youth in English grammar, composition, geography and the learned languages; and no pupil shall be admitted into such school till he shall have passed through the ordinary course of instruction in the common schools, and has arrived to such maturity of years and understanding, as to be capable of pursuing the higher branches of learning in such school. And the visitors of the schools in each school society, or a majority of them, shall have power to admit such number of pupils to the school of a higher order as can conveniently be instructed in it, and in such course as will give to all an equal opportunity ; and the school money shall be apportioned according to the number of
scholars, between the ages of four and sixteen, that at-
School society committee to take care of the funds of the society.
Proviso, as to grant, with special direetions.
Appropriation of 2 dollars on 1000 dollars, for use of common schools,
Proviso, that excess of school-fund dividend, over $62,000, shall be applied to diminish this appropriation. Interest of school-fund to be paid to state treasurer. Principle of apportioning
interest of school-fund.
Enumeration of scholars.
Form of return.
Form of certi
school society committee.
Provise, as to
terest, after deducting all expenses attending the schoolfund, to be distributed to them, severally, according to the number of persons in such society, between the ages of four and sixteen years, to be enumerated and ascertained in the following manner, to wit: The committee of each school shall, in the month of August annually, enumerate all persons residing and belonging within such district, on the first Monday of said month, between the ages aforesaid, and make return thereof, together with the name of each person, to the committee of the school society, within said month, certified in writing, under the hand of said committee, and sworn to before a magistrate, according to the following form, to wit: “I hereby certify, that I have carefully enumerated all persons. between the ages of four and sixteen, within the school district of which I am committee, and do find, that on the first Monday of August, A. D. , there were residing within said district, and belonging thereto, the number
of persons, between the ages aforesaid.
appeared, the above named committee, and made oath
person shall be returned by the committe of different districts, it shall be the duty of the committee of the school society, to determine to which district such person belongs. And provided also, that the said lists and returns, so made to said school society committee, shall be lodged with the treasurer of such society, and be by him preserved for the use of said society.
sect. 14. The comptroller of public accounts shall, on application of the committee of any school society, draw an order on the treasurer for such proportion or amount as such school society may be entitled to, of all monies, by law appropriated for the benefit, supportand encouragement of public or common schools, which may be in his hands, or in the hands of the treasurer, on the first days of March and October, annually, to be divided and apportioned to such school societies, according to the returns so made to him by the committee of said society, in conformity to the provisions of this act. And each school society shall divide the same among the several districts therein, on the principles aforesaid, agreeably to the returns so made to them as aforesaid. Provided however, that no order shall be drawn in favor of any society as aforesaid, nor shall the treasurer pay the monies directed to be paid by this act, until the committee of such society shall certify in writing, under their hands, in the words following, to wit: “We, the committee of the school society, in the town of do certify, that the schools in said society, have been kept for the year, ending the thirtieth day of September last, by instructors duly appointed and approved, and in all respects according to law ; and that all the monies drawn from the public treasury, by said society, for said year, appropriated to schooling, have been faithfully applied and expended, in paying and boarding said instructors.
Dated at the day of A. D.
! Committee. To the comptroller of public accounts.”
sect. 15. All the money provided for the use of schools, received by the committee, shall be paid over to the treasurer of the society, who shall stand charged with, and shall account for, the same ; and the committee shall, from time to time, receive, examine and liquidate the accounts of the districts, and parts of districts, if any be, and where such districts, and those to which such parts of districts shall belong, have kept their schools according to the provisions of this act, shall draw orders on the society treasurer for their proportion of all the public monies appropriated to the use of schools, according to the number of
the same per-
Comptroller to draw orders on treasurer in favor of school societies, for school money.
To be apportioned according to returns.
Certificate of school society committee. Form.
School money to be divided among the districts.
Misapplication of school money a forfeiture.
Powers of school societies in relation to burials, &c.
persons between the ages of four and sixteen, in such dis-