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$ 52. Eligibility to office.-A school commissioner, supervisor or

town clerk is not eligible to the office of trustee, and a trustee

cannot hold the office of district clerk, collector, treasurer or

librarian. A collector may also hold the office of treasurer.

[Con. School Law, tit. VII, § 22, rewritten and changed by the insertion in line two of the words “ or town clerk," thus making a town clerk ineligible to the office of trustee. And also by the insertion of the last sentence permitting a collector to also hold the office of treasurer.]

(Page 40, $ 22.)

§ 53. Term of office. The term of a district officer, except a

member of a board of education, is one school year, and begins on

the first day of July, next following an annual meeting.

[Con. School Law, tit. VII, § 24, rewritten and changed by providing that the school year shall commence on the first day of July instead of the first Tuesday in August as by present law. For definition of school year see § 8 of revision.]

(Page 41, § 24.)

§ 54. Terms in new district.—The terms of all officers elected

at the first meeting of a newly created district shall expire on

the last day of June next thereafter.

[Con. School Law, tit. VII, § 25, rewritten and changed as follows: The terms of all officers are fixed so that they will expire on the last day of June instead of on the first Tuesday of August, as by present law. This change is necessary by reason of the change in the school year from the first Tuesday in August to the first day of July.]

(Page 41, $ 25.)

$ 55. Vacancy; how created.-A district office becomes vacant

by the death, resignation, refusal to serve, incapacity, removal

from the district or from office, or, the criminal conviction of the incumbent. A trustee vacates his office by the acceptance of

the office of commissioner, supervisor or town clerk. The collector

or treasurer also vacates his office by not executing the bond re

quired by law.


[Con. School Law, tit. VII, SS 28, 29, 30, Con. School Law, tit. VIII, part of $ 5, rewritten and condensed with the following changes: The words “or the criminal conviction of the incumbent” are inserted. Also by the insertion of the words or town clerk.” Con. School Law, tit. VIII, part of 5, now only applies to members of boards of education in union school districts. We have made this provision general and apply the rule to all school districts.]

(Pages 42, 65, SS 28, 29, 30, 5.)

$ 56. Vacancy; how filled.--A vacancy in the office of trustee

may be filled by election within thirty days after it occurs.


not so filled, a successor may be appointed by the commissioner

in whose district the principal school house is situated.


cancy in the office of clerk, collector, treasurer, or librarian, may

be filled by appointment by the trustee.

An appointment under

this section must be in writing and filed with the district clerk.

A person elected or appointed to fill a vacancy under this section

bolds his office during the remainder of the term.

[Con. School Law, tit. 7, SS 29, 31, 32, rewritten and condensed without intended change of substance.]

(Page 42, SS 29, 31, 32.)

$ 57. Resignation of district officers.-A district officer may re

sign to a district meeting. A trustee may also resign to the com

missioner, and any other district officer to the trustee. A resig

nation takes effect immediately on its delivery to the body or officer authorized to receive it, unless a different date is therein


[New. The present law does not provide for resignations by district officers, but makes provision for relieving a person from a penalty for refusing to serve by permitting a school commissioner to accept a resignation. See Con. School Law, tit. 7, § 33.]

(Page 42, $ 33.)

§ 58. Notice to persons elected.--The clerk of a district meet

ing shall forth with notify each person elected thereat of his eles

tion and the date thereof, and such person shall be deemed to

have accepted the office, unless within five days after the service

of such notice he shall file his written refusal with the clerk. The

presence of such person at the meeting shall be deemed a sufi

cient notice to him of his election.

[Con. School Law, tit. 7, § 27, unchanged in substance.]

(Page 41, $ 27.)

§ 59. Penalty for refusal to serve.—A qualified person chosen

to a school district office who refuses to serve therein forfeits

five dollars. A person so cbosen who, not having refused to ao

cept the office, wilfully neglects or refuses to perform any duty

thereof, forfeits the sum of ten dollars. Such penalties are for

the benefit of the district.

[Con. School Law, tit. VII, first two sentences of 33 rewritten without intended change of substance.]

(Page 42, § 33.)

$ 60. General duties of trustee.—The trustee shall:

1. Purchase or lease a site for a schoolhouse, and build and pur.

chase such house, as may be designated by a district meeting,

and erect necessary outbuildings.

2. Hire, keep in repair and furnish a house or room for the use

of the school.

3. Provide fuel, stoves or other heating apparatus, pails,

brooms and other implements necessary to keep the schoolhouse

or room clean and reasonably comfortable for use; provide for

building fires and cleaning the school room, and employ a janitor.

4. Provide necessary bound blank books for the use of distriot


5. Purchase a dictionary, maps, globes or other necessary ap

paratus, and expend therefor not exceeding twenty-five dollars

in any one year.

6. Employ all teachers, determine their number, compensation

and terms of employment, the number of terms of school to be

held during each school year, and establish branch schools when

necessary, or when directed by the commissioner.

A trustee-elect may at any time after his election employ a

teacher for a term commencing after the expiration of the cur

rent school year, and for that purpose only his term of office is

deemed to commence immediately on his election.

7. Purchase text-books and other necessary school supplies for

the use of the poor pupils of the district; but not more than

twenty-five dollars shall be expended for this purpose in any one

year without a vote of a district meeting.

8. Insure the schoolhouse, furniture, apparatus and library,

and comply with the conditions of the policy.

9. Have the custody and control of the school house, its site

and appurtenances, and keep such property in good repair and


10. Establish rules for the government and discipline of the

school, and prescribe the course of study therein, subject to the

requirements of this chapter.

11. Make repairs and abate nuisances when directed by the


12. Raise by tax on the property of the district all sums au

thorized by a district meeting, or hy law, or which may be neces

sary to discharge any lawful obligation incurred by him, or by

the district.

13. Pay to the district treasurer all sums received by him from

any source for the benefit of the district.

14. Render to each annual district meeting a correct itemized

account of all moneys raised or collected by tax or received from

any other source for the benefit of the district since the last

annual meeting.

15. Keep a book in which shall be entered a list of all movable

property belonging to the district. Such book shall be exhibited

at each annual district meeting and delivered by the trustee to

his successor.

16. Notify the county treasurer and superintendent of any de

fault in the payment of money by the supervisor, district collector

or treasurer.

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