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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 83

(2.) Election of School Committees

(2.) Election of School Committees.

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63. The first meeting of the householders in every school district shall be held on such day in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight, and at such time and place, as the Board of the district in which such school districts respectively are shall for each appoint, and at every such meeting the householders present shall elect in manner hereinafter provided seven householders to form the Committee for such district.

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64. On the fourth Monday in the month of January in each year succeeding the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight, a public meeting of the householders in every school district shall be held at a time and place to be fixed by the Board, and publicly notified at least fourteen days previously.
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At such meeting a Chairman shall he chosen, and the Committee

Proceedings at meeting.

for the preceding year shall give a full report of its proceedings, and thereupon the electors present shall proceed to elect by ballot, as hereinafter provided, a new Committee for the then current year of seven persons qualified as prescribed by the fifty-eighth section of this Act, and may re-elect all or any of the persons going out of office to be members of such new Committee.
Every Committee so appointed shall hold office until the

Duration of office.

appointment of its successors, and, if any vacancy shall occur by death or otherwise than by effluxion of time in any Committee, the remaining members of the Committee shall elect a qualified person or persons to fill such vacancy or vacancies.

At every meeting convened and held for the election of a Committee, the Chairman having a deliberative vote shall also have a casting vote.

65. At every election for a School Committee every voter

Cumulative voting at elections.

shall be entitled to a number of votes equal to the number of the Committee to be elected, and may give all such votes to one candidate, or may distribute them among the candidates, as he thinks fit.
66. If any dispute shall arise respecting the validity of the

Disputes as to validity of elections to be settled by [unclear: Bo] of district.

proceedings at the annual or other election of any member or members of any Committee, the matter in dispute shall be submitted to the judgment of the Board of the district, whose decision thereon shall be final and conclusive.
If in any case the electors in any school district shall, from

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any cause whatever, fail to elect a Committee upon the annual day of meeting as hereinbefore provided, it shall be lawful for the Board of the district in which such school district is, if it shall see fit, to fix another day for the election of a Committee for such school district, and the same notice of such meeting shall be given and the same proceedings taken thereat as are prescribed by the last three preceding sections of this Act.
67. If after such last-mentioned meeting the householders

In case of fail to elect at [unclear: sec] meeting, [unclear: Boa] may appoint [unclear: Commissione]

neglect or refuse to elect a Committee, the Board may appoint a Commissioner for the purposes hereinafter mentioned.
68. The Commissioner so appointed shall exercise all powers

Powers and duties of [unclear: Commissione]

and duties by this Act imposed and conferred on Committees of school districts at any time after he shall have assumed the place and duties of the Committee as aforesaid, and a salary to page 22 be paid to the Commissioner shall be fixed by the Board if it shall see fit, and shall be paid out of any moneys available for distribution in the school district for or to which such Commissioner is appointed.

But such Commissioner shall only hold office from the date of appoinment to the fourth Monday in the month of January next ensuing, and he shall be guided in the performance of his duties by instructions to be given him by the Board from time to time.

The power to appoint a Commissioner shall include a power to appoint more than one Commissioner if the Board sees fit, and this foregoing provision shall take effect accordingly.