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joining parts of their respective districts and separately to institute proceedings to alter the same in respect to the territory within his own district.

3. To describe and number the school districts, and joint districts, and to deliver, in writing, to the town clerk, the description and number of each district lying in whole or in part in his town, together with all notices, consents and proceedings relating to the formation or alteration thereof, immediately after such formation or alteration. Every joint district shall bear the same number in every school commissioner district of whose territory it is in part composed.

§ 21. Formation, alteration and dissolution of certain joint districts. Whenever it may become necessary or convenient to form a school district out of parcels of two or more school commissioner districts, the school commissioners of such districts, or a majority of them, may form such district; and the school commissioners within whose districts any such school district lies, or a majority of them, may alter or dissolve it.

§ 22. Special meeting of joint district to act regarding dissolution. If a school commissioner, by notice in writing, shall require the attendance of the other school commissioners, at a joint meeting for the purpose of altering or dissolving such a joint district, and a majority of all the commissioners shall refuse or neglect to attend, such commissioners attending, or any one of them, may call a special meeting of such school district for the purpose of deciding whether such district shall be dissolved; and its decision of that question shall be as valid as though made by such commissioners.

§ 23. Alteration by consent. With the written consent of the trustees of all the districts to be affected thereby, the school commissioner may, by order, alter any school district within his jurisdiction, and fix, by said order, a day when the alteration shall take effect.

§ 24. Alteration without consent. If the trustees of any districts affected thereby refuse to consent, the school commissioner may make and file with the town clerk his order making the alteration, but reciting the refusal, and directing that the order shall not take effect, as to the dissenting districts, until a day therein to be named, and not less than three months after the date of such order.

§ 25. Hearing of objections to order for alteration without consent. Within ten days after making and filing such order the school commissioner shall give at least a week's notice in writing to one or more of the assenting and dissenting trustees of any districts to be affected by the proposed alterations, that at a specified time, and at a named place within the town in which either of the districts to be affected lies, he will hear the objections to the alteration. The trustees of any district to be affected by such order may request the supervisor and town clerk of the towns, within which such districts shall wholly or partly lie, to be associated with the school commissioner. At the time and place mentioned in the notice, such commissioner, with the supervisors and town clerks, if they shall attend and act, shall hear and decide the matter, and the decision shall be final unless duly appealed from. Such decision must either affirm or vacate such order, and must be filed with and recorded by the town clerk of the town in which the district to be affected shall lie, and a tie vote shall be regarded a decision for the purposes of an appeal on the merits. Upon such appeal the commissioner of education may affirm, modify or vacate the order of the school commissioner or the action of the local board.

8 26. Dissolution by consent and consequent alteration of districts. 1. Whenever one or more common school districts shall adjoin any union free school district whose limits do not correspond with those of an incorporated village or city, upon the written consent of the trustees of all the districts to be affected, the school commissioner having jurisdiction may dissolve such common school districts and annex the territory of such districts so dissolved to such union free school district, and the school commissioner having jurisdiction may alter any union free school district whose limits do not correspond with those of any incorporated village or city, in the manner provided by this article, but no such district shall be divided, upon which there is an outstanding bonded indebtedness.

2. Such school commissioner on the written consent of the boards of education of the districts affected may also dissolve a union free school district when it adjoins another union free school district and both of such union free school districts are wholly or partly located within the limits of a city or an incorporated village, and annex the territory of such dissolved district to the remaining union free school district. The bonded indebtedness of each of such districts shall, upon such dissolution and annexation, become a charge upon the enlarged district thus formed. Such district shall succeed to all the rights of property possessed by the annulled district. The board of education of such district shall raise by tax an amount sufficient to pay any of the bonds and interest thereon of such district as the same shall become due.

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§ 27. Dissolution, re-formation and consolidation of districts. Any school commissioner may dissolve one or more districts, and may from such territory form a new district; he may also unite such territory or a portion thereof to any existing adjoining common or union free school district.

$ 28. Division of union free school district which contains two incorporated villages. In any union free school district within the limits of which there shall be territory of two or more incorporated villages, the board of trustees of any village whose entire district is within said school district may call a special meeting of the voters, duly qualified under this chapter to vote at a school meeting, to determine whether that portion of any such school district comprising the village holding such special meeting, shall be separated from such school district and be a separate union free school district with limits corresponding with the limits of such village. Notice of the time and place of any such special meeting shall be published by the Loard of trustees calling the same, once a week for two successive weeks in each newspaper actually printed and published in such village, and if there be no such newspaper published in such village, such notice shall then be given by posting in at least ten conspicuous places in said village.

§ 29. Method and result of election. The village clerk of the village holding such special meeting shall cause to be prepared and furnished for the use of the voters at any such special meeting ballots, which shall conform as near as may be to the election law, in favor of and against organizing the territory within such village into a separate school district. The members of the board of trustees of any village holding such special meeting shall act as inspectors and shall canvass the votes cast, and if a majority thereof shall be in favor of constituting the territory within such village a separate school district said board of trustees shall forthwith certify the result of such canvass to the school commissioner of the school commissioner district in which such village is situated; and said school commissioner shall thereupon declare by certificate under his hand the territory within such village limits a separate school district and designate it as union free school district number..

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§ 30. Apportionment of indebtedness. If at the time of the organization of any school district as provided in the last two sections and the election of a board of education as provided in section two hundred and twenty-fo:ır, there shall br any outstanding bonded or other indebtedness chargeable against the school district of which the territory so separately organized was a part, the school commissioner shall apportion said indebtedness between the newly organized district and the remaining portion of the old district according to the assessed valuation of each and the amounts of said indebtedness so apportioned shall become a charge for principal and interest upon the respective districts as though the same had been incurred by said districts separately.

§ 31. Temporary attendance of pupils as before division. Nothing contained in the last three sections shall be construed so as to prevent any child of school age residing in any part of a school district so divided from attending school in the part of the district remaining after any such division until the close of the school year in which such division was made, provided, however, that the tax for said school year has theretofore been levied on the real and personal property of the school district before the division for the support of such school for the current school year.

§ 32. Continuance of dissolved district for payment of debts. Though a district be dissolved, it shall continue to exist in law, for the purpose of providing for and paying all its just debts; and to that end the trustees and other officers shall continue in office, and the inhabitants may hold special meetings, elect officers to supply vacancies and vote taxes; and all other acts necessary to raise money and pay such debts shall be done by the inhabitants and officers of the district.

§ 33. Deposit of records of dissolved district. The school commissioner, or a majority of such commissioners in whose districts a dissolved school district was situated, shall by his or their order in writing, delivered to the clerk of the district, or to any person in whose possession the books, papers and records of the district, or any of them, may be, direct such clerk or other person to deposit the same in the clerk's office in the town in the order named. Such clerk or other person, by neglect or refusal to obey the order, shall forfeit fifty dollars, to be applied to the benefit of the common schools of said town. Such commissioners shall file a duplicate of the order with such clerk.

8 34. Property of districts consolidated. When two or more districts shall be consolidated into one, the new district shall succeed to all the rights of property possessed by the annulled districts.

8 35. Sale of property of dissolved district and disposition of proceeds. When a district is parted into portious, which are annexed to other districts, its property shall be sold by the supervisor of the town, within which its school-house is situated, at public auction, after at least five days' notice, by notice posted in three or more public places of the town in which the school-house is situated, one of which shall be posted in the district so dissolved. The supervisor, after deducting the expenses of the sale, shall apply its proceeds to the payment of the debts of the district, and apportion the residue, if any, among the owners or possessors of taxable property in the district, in the ratio of their several assessments on the last corrected assessment-roll of the towns, and pay it over accordingly.

§ 36. Collection and distribution of moneys due dissolved district. The supervisor of the town within which the school-house of the dissolved district was situated may demand, sue for and collect, in his name of office, any money of the district outstanding in the hands of any of its former officers, or any other person; and, after deducting his costs and expenses, shall report the balance to the school commissioner who shall apportion the same equitably among the districts to which the parts of the dissolved district were annexed, to be by them applied as their district meeting shall determine.

§ 37. Fees of supervisor and town clerk. The supervisor and town clerk shall be entitled each, to one dollar and fifty cents a day, for each day's service in any proceeding under section twenty-five of this article, to be levied and paid as a charge upon their town.

§ 38. Notice of meeting for establishment of union free school district. Whenever fifteen persons entitled to vote at any meeting of the inhabitants of any school district in the state, shall sign a request for a meeting, to be held for the purpose of determining whether a union free school shall be established therein in conformity with the provisions of this article, it shall be the duty of the trustees of such district, within ten days after such request shall have been presented to them, to give public notice that a meeting of the inhabitants of such district entitled to vote thereat will be held for such purpose as aforesaid, at the school-house, or other more suitable place, in such district, on a day and at an hour in such notice to be specified, not less than twenty nor more than thirty days after the publication of such notice. If the trustees shall refuse to give such notice, or shall neglect to give the same for twenty days, the commissioner of education may authorize and direct any inhabitant of such district to give the

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