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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
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
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
16. Notify the county treasurer and superintendent of any de
fault in the payment of money by the supervisor, district collector