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thence westerly to the bridge near the old Dibble mill, so called, thence due west fifty rods, thence northerly fifty rods until said line intersects a line running from the bridge near the dwelling house of the late Caleb Benedict to the north corner of the court house, thence northerly to the place of beginning. Provided, that nothing in this resolution shall affect any suit now pending.
INCORPORATING THE CENTER SCHOOL DISTRICT IN DANBURY SCHOOL
Resolved, Sec. 1. That the Center, North Center and South Center school districts, in the first school society of Danbury, be and the same are hereby made and constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name of the Center District; and said district shall belong to the school society of Danbury, shall receive its proportion of the public money, shall have the entire control of all the schools within its limits, as herein after provided, may establish and maintain schools of different grades, and shall also have and enjoy all the powers and privileges at present enjoyed by school districts in this state.
Sec. 2. Said district shall, at its annual meetings, choose a committee of not less than three nor more than nine persons, who shall have the general management and care of the concerns of said district; enumerate their scholars as required by law; employ teachers approved by the board of education; establish such capitation tax for the scholars in the different schools as they may deem necessary, and abate the taxes of such poor children, belonging to said district and attending school therein, as in their judgment require the same, and do and perform all such duties as are now devolved upon school districts, except so far as they are hereafter given to the board of education ; and said district may also appoint. such other officers as school districts are now by law authorized to appoint, who shall have the same powers and be subject to the same duties aud liabilities as such officers in other school districts.
Sec. 3. Said district shall also, at its annual meeting, appoint a board of education of not more than seven persons, who shall have the control and management of the schools in said district; examine, approve and dismiss teachers, prescribe the course of study.to be pursued in the different schools, and make such by-laws and rules for the regulation and discipline of the schools, not inconsistent with the laws of this state, as they shall from time to time deem necessary; and all teachers and scholars shall conform to such by-laws and rules, and on neglect or refusal so to do, may be dismissed from school by said board.
Sec. 4. Said district, at its annual meeting, or at any legal meeting called for that purpose, shall have full power to levy taxes upon the polls
and ratable estate of the inhabitants of said district, according to law, for the purpose of building and repairing school houses and purchasing sites therefor, furnishing apparatus, fuel, books and stationery, and also to raise such sum annually as shall be needed, after applying the public money and the avails of the capitation tax, to meet and defray the annual expenses of said district.
SEC. 5. All the property and funds now belonging to said districts shall become and remain the property of said Center district, and the same shall be valued and appraised by Thomas B. Butler, Esq., of Norwalk, and David H. Belden, Esq., of Newtown, in the county of Fairfield, if said districts cannot agree upon a valuation of the same, and each of said districts shall (if their property and funds are not sufficient) contribute in cash such sum as will make the contributions of said several districts to the general fund, equal, in the proportion that the ratable estate of said several districts shall bear to each other. And if any of said several districts shall fail to pay their proportion as aforesaid, when demanded by the committee of said Center district, said committee shall have power to make out an assessment list and rate bill, upon the polls and ratable estate of the inhabitants within said defaulting district, for the proportion due from them as aforesaid, and to levy and collect the same in manner and form as is now by law prescribed for the collection of taxes in school districts.
Sec. 6. The annual meeting of said district shall be warned and held as is by law provided for other school districts, and Salmon C. Bulkeley, of Danbury, shall call the first meeting, by advertising in the Danbury Times, two weeks successively before said meeting.
Sec. 7. This act shall not take effect until each of said districts shall, at a meeting warned for that purpose by the district committee of each of said districts, which warnings shall be by advertising the same in the Danbury Times two weeks successively, before said meeting, have assented to and approved of this act, and lodged a certificate of such assent and approval, with the clerk of the school society of Danbury. And if either two of said districts shall assent to and approve of this act, the terms and provisions hereof shall extend to and be applicable to said two districts, and the same, by complying with the requirements aforesaid, shall be and become a body politic and corporate, in as full and ample a manner as if said three districts had united in such assent and approval.
SEC. 8. This act may be altered, amended and repealed at the pleasure of the general assembly.
ANNEXING DANIEL LYON AND JOHN SHERWOOD AND THEIR LANDS TO THE
SEVENTH SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE SCHOOL SOCIETY OF EASTON.
Resolved by this Assembly, That Daniel Lyon and John Sherwood, both of the town of Redding, in the county of Fairfield, be and they and their houses and lands hereby are separated from the school district and the school society in Redding, of which they now constitute a part, and annexed to and made part of the school society of Easton, and of the sev. enth school district of said school society of Easton.
ANNEXING NATHAN STARK, IN LYME, TO SECOND SCHOOL DISTRICT, MILL
INGTON SOCIETY, EAST HADDAM.
On the petition of Nathan Stark, of Lyme, in the county of New London,
praying to be set off to, and annexed to the second school district in Millington school society, in the town of East Haddam, and county of Middlesex:
Resolved by this Assembly, That the lands of Nathan Stark, of Lyme, in the county of New London, which are located in said Lyme, contiguous to and adjoining the town of East Haddam, in quantity about one hundred and fifty acres, with the buildings thereon standing, be and they are hereby annexed to and made a part of the second school district, in the society of Millington, and town of East Haddam; and that said Stark and those that shall succeed him in the occupancy of said land and buildings, shall be members of said second school district, in Millington school society, in said town of East Haddam, and entitled to all the rights and privileges, and subject to all the regulations and liabilities of members of said second school district, in Millington school society, in said East Haddam, and are released and discharged henceforth from all liabilities and obligations to the second school district of the second school society of Lyme.
ANNEXING STEPHEN BRADLEY TO EAST SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL SOCIETY
OF EAST HAVEN.
Resolved, That the said Stephen Bradley be and he is hereby separated from said school society of Branford, and annexed to the East school district in the school society of East Haven.
ANNEXING AUSTIN F. PERKINS TO SECOND SCHOOL DISTRICT IN EAST LYME.
Upon the petition of Austin F. Perkins, of East Lyme, in the county of New London, showing that he lives near the dividing line between the ninth school district, New London school society, and the second school district in the first school society in East Lyme, praying to be annexed to the said second school district in East Lyme, aforesaid:
Resolved, That the said Austin F. Perkins be separated from the ninth school district in New London school society, and annexed to the said second school district in the first school society in East Lyme, subject to all the privileges and burdens thereof.
AUTHORIZING MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN FAIRFIELD, TO EXTEND THEIR
SCHOOL HOUSE, &c.
Upon the petition of the Middle School District, in the town of Fairfield, asking permission to extend their school house and for the discontinuance of a portion of a public highway:
Resolved by this Assembly, That the Middle school district in the town of Fairfield have liberty to extend their school house, now standing on the public square in the village of Fairfield, twenty-five feet in a northwesterly direction, and that so much of said public square as will be covered by said school house, be and the same is hereby discontinued as a public highway, so long as the same shall be occupied for that purpose.
AUTHORIZING MILL PLAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT, IN FAIRFIELD, TO EXT
THEIR SCHOOL HOUSE ON THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY.
Upon the petition of the Mill Plain School District, in the first school soci
ety of the town of Fairfield, praying that so much of the public highway be discontinued as will enable said district to extend their school house, now situated on the public highway in said Fairfield, eight feet along said highway:
Resolved by this Assembly, That the Mill Plain school district, in the town of Fairfield, have liberty to extend their school house now standing on the public highway in the village of Mill Plain, in said Fairfield, eight feet on the east end of the same, and of equal width with the school house as it now is, and that so much of said public highway as will be covered by said school house, be and the same is hereby discontinued as a public highway, so long as the same shall be occupied for that purpose, and that said school district shall go on and occupy said portion of said highway so discontinued, for the purpose aforesaid against any claim or right set up, or that may hereafter be set up, by Lucretia Sherwood or Emeline Sherwood, owners of the adjoining land, to said portion of the highway so discontinued, by reason of any reversionary interest arising out of such discontinuance; and that if the parties in interest cannot agree as to the amount of damage, if any, that shall accrue to said adjoining proprietors by the extension of said school house, then either party shall have power to apply to the judge of the county court of Fairfield county, and cause notice to be given to the adverse party of such application, and thereupon the judge of said county court shall
appoint three disinterested freeholders of said town of Fairfield, who shall under oath assess and determine the amount of damage to be paid by the said district to the said adjoining proprietors, and which finding shall be recorded by the clerk of said court; and that said district shall not occupy as aforesaid, until the amount of damage so found to be paid to the said proprietors, or to them tendered and deposited for their benefit with the clerk of said court.
CHANGING THE NAME OF "THE MILL RIVER,” TO THE SOUTHPORT SCHOOL DISTRICT, CONFIRMING DOINGS, AND GRADING THE SCHOOLS OF THE SAID DISTRICT.
Resolved, That the Mill River school district, in the first school society of the town of Fairfield, shall be hereafter called and known as the Southport School District, in said society; and that all the doings of said district