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ballots printed as there are voters in the district, and no ballots other than those furnished by the board of school trustees shall be voted. How to Vote.
SEC. 54. A person desiring to vote shall, if his naine be upon the registry list as herein provided, receive from the board of election or some member thereof, and from no other person, a ballot upon which he shall designate his choice for trustee or trustees to be elected in the district, by placing a cross thus: X, opposite and to the right of the name of the person for whom he intends to vote. Instructions as to Voting.
SEC. 55. There shall be placed on the ballots, in addition to the names of the candidates, such information as the board of trustees may deem necessary to inform the voter how to mark his ballot, such as cross thus: X, opposite and to the right of the name of the candidate for whom you wish to vote" vote for one" "vote for two” etc. Not Allowed at Polls-Misdemeanor.
SEC. 56. No person, other than the board of election or a police officer in the discharge of his duty, shall be allowed within one hundred feet of the polls, except when actually engaged in voting or in going to or from the polls for the purpose of voting or of challenging the vote of another, and excepting all persons in attendance upon any school which may be in session in the building. No person shall show his ballot to another while marking it or after marking it so as to disclose for whom he has voted, but he shall, as soon as possible after marking it, fold it so that the marking will be on the inside and return it to the board of election to be counted. Wilful violation of any of the provisions of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, or imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding twenty-five days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Assistance in Marking Ballots, When Allowed.
SEC. 57. No person shall receive assistance in marking his ballot unless physically unable to mark it and then only by permission of the board of election. A voter spoiling his ballot may procure another by delivering the spoiled ballot to the board of election. Challenge-Illegal Voting Punished.
Sec. 58. Any registered person offering to vote may be challenged by any elector of the district, and the judges of election must thereupon administer to the person challenged an oath in substance as follows: "You do swear that you are a citizen of the United States; that you are twenty-one years of age; that you have resided in the state six months, and in this school district thirty days next preceding this election, and that you have not voted before this day.” If he takes the oath prescribed in this section his vote shall be received, otherwise his vote must be rejected. Illegally voting under the provisions of this act shall be punished the same as the law now provides for punishing offenses of this character. Candidates to File Names with County Clerk.
Sec. 59. In school districts having a voting population of one hundred (100) or over, candidates for the office of school trustee shall, not alter than five days before the day of election, have their names filed with the county clerk of said county, with designation of the term of office for which they are candidates, and no names shall be placed upon the ballots unless filed within the time herein provided. Duty of Election Board on Completion of Count.
SEC. 60. The board of election in districts of the first class shall keep a poll list and tally sheet, which, together with the registry list and all ballots cast, shall be delivered to the county clerk upon the count being completed, and such returns shall be kept as the law now provides for keeping returns of general elections; but in districts of the second class, said poll list, tally sheet, registry list, and all ballots cast, upon the count being completed, shall be delivered to the deputy superintendent of public instruction and kept on file in his office. After the completion of the count at each polling place in districts of the first class using more than one polling place, the election board of each polling place shall meet at a place designated by the board of trustees and there summarize all votes cast in the district and make out the election certificates. Certificates of Election.
SEC. 61. The election board shall issue certificates of election to those receiving the greatest number of votes cast in accordance with the provisions of this act, specifying the number of years for which each is elected; and the election board shall immediately send by mail a copy of each election certificate to the deputy superintendent of public instruction. Terms of Office.
SEC. 62. Trustees elected under this act shall take office on the first Monday in May following their election. Vacancies, How Filled.
SEC. 63. On the fourth Saturday after the occurrence of any vacancy or vacancies in any board of school trustees, an election may be held to elect a trustee or trustees for the remainder of the unexpired term or terms. Such elections shall be conducted in accordance with the law now in effect for the election of public school trustees; provided, that the remaining members or member of the board may serve as a full board for the purpose of making all required preliminary arrangements for conducting said elections to fill said vacancies. Deputy to Fill Vacancies.
SEC. 64. In case the voters fail to elect, or in case no election is held, as provided in the preceding section, the deputy superintendent shall fill all vacancies occurring in said board of trustees. Meetings of Trustees - Duties of Clerk-Compensation.
SEC. 65. It shall be the duty of the board of trustees, a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, to meet on the first Monday in May following their election, or as soon as practicable thereafter, after taking the oath of office, at such place as may be most convenient in the district, and to organize by electing one of their number president of the board and another as clerk. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings of the board. It shall be the duty of the clerk to record the proceedings of the board in a book to be provided for the purpose; and all such proceedings, when so recorded, shall be signed by said clerk. Said book shall at all times be subject to the inspection of the deputy superintendent of public instruction and of any taxpayer in the district. In districts having a school census population of three hundred or more and not exceeding one thousand the clerk of the board of trustees may receive such salary as said board may allow; provided, that such salary shall not exceed ten dollars per month; provided, that in districts having a school census population of one thousand or more the clerk of the board of trustees shall receive not to exceed fifty dollars. Majority Vote to Legalize Action.
Sec. 66. No action of the board of school trustees in any school district shall be valid unless such action shall receive the approval of a majority of the members of such board at a regularly called meeting. The clerk of the board shall give notice of each meeting to each member of the board of school trustees, specifying the time, place and purpose of each meeting; provided, that if all members of such board are present at such meeting the lack of such notification shall not invalidate its proceedings.
In all school districts in which there are not less than three hundred school census children, as shown by the last preceding school census report, the board of school trustees shall hold a regular meeting at least once each month, at such time and place as it shall determine, and public notice of such meeting shall be given in one or more newspapers published in such district; provided, that such notices can be published without cost to the district.
The following portions of acts are inserted here, out of order, as they relate directly to matter in this chapter :
An Act relating to elections.
[Approved March 29, 1915] School Trustce Elections.
SEC. 148. School trustees shall be elected in accordance with the provisions of chapter six of an act entitled “An act concerning public schools, and repealing certain acts relating thereto," approved March 20, 1911. Stats. 1915, 463. An Act to amend section 9 of chapter y of "An act relating to elections and
removals from office,” approved March 31, 1913.
[Approved March 23, 1915] Right to Vote at School Election, How Obtained.
SEC. 9. No person shall be allowed to vote at any school election unless he or she is a resident of the district and his or her name appears upon the official registry list of the voting precinct or precincts including the district for the last preceding general election, or for the last preceding town or city election; provided, that any citizen of the United States who shall have resided in this state six months, and in the school district thirty days next preceding the day of election, and whose name is not upon the said official registry list, may apply to the clerk of the board of school trustees, or to a person authorized by the trustees of the district to act as registry agent, not more than ten nor less than five days prior to the day of election, to have his or her name registered. Stats. 1915, 308, 309. Powers and Duties of School Trustees.
Sec. 67. School trustees shall have the power and it shall be their duty:
1. To buy or sell any schoolhouse or schoolhouse site directed to be bought or sold by a vote of the heads of families of the district; provided, that in districts in which there shall be fewer than ten such heads of families, no schoolhouse or schoolhouse site shall be sold without the approval of the deputy superintendent of public instruction;
2. To build, purchase, or rent schoolhouses when directed to do so by a vote of the heads of families, and to equip and supply the same with all things neeessary for the successful operation of the schools of the district. The trustees, without such vote, shall make necessary repairs in any school buildings when the expense of such repairs will not exceed five hundred dollars; provided, that in districts of the first class the trustees may make all necessary repairs without a vote of the electors. No public schoolhouse shall be erected in any school district until the plan of the same has been submitted to and approved by the deputy superintendent of public instruction. The county auditor shall draw no warrant in payment of any bill for the erection of such new schoolhouse until notified by the deputy superintendent of public instruction that the plans for the said new schoolhouse have received his approval;
[See section 194, as amended, Stats. 1913, 298.]
3. To change the location of schools or schoolhouse sites; provided, that in districts in which there shall be fewer than ten heads of families, no school or schoolhouse site shall be changed without the approval of the deputy superintendent of public instruction;
4. To call meetings of the heads of families of the school district in order to secure by vote the authority to procure or sell schoolhouse sites, or to erect, purchase, sell, hire, or rent schoolhouses for the use of the district. Whenever the trustees shall decide to hold such meeting, they shall give at least ten days' notice by posting at least three notices of such meeting in three conspicuous places within the district. One of such notices shall be posted on the school grounds. The notices shall contain the time, place, and purpose of the meeting. The president of the board shall call such meeting to order and shall preside over the deliberations of the same. The clerk of the board shall keep a record of the proceedings of such meeting in a book kept especially for that purpose. In case of the absence of either the president or the clerk of the board at such meeting, the heads of families assembled shall proceed to elect a president pro tem and a temporary clerk. All questions placed before the meeting shall be determined by ballot or by taking the "ayes" and "noes” as the meeting shall decide;
[See section 194, as amended, Stats. 1913, 298.]
5. To manage and control the school property within their districts, and pay all moneys collected by them, from any source whatever, for school purposes, into the county treasury, to be placed to the credit of the county fund of their district;
6. To cause to be erected at least two suitable and convenient privies for each of the schools under their charge, which shall be entirely separate each from the other, and have separate means of access and approaches thereto. In case of failure or neglect on the part of the trustees to provide privies in accordance with the provisions of this section, the deputy superintendent of public instruction shall have power and it shall be his duty to cause such privies to be built, and to pay for the same by drawing his order on the county auditor on the funds of the district, and the auditor shall draw his warrant upon the county treasurer in payment of the same;
7. To prescribe and enforce rules, not inconsistent with law or those prescribed by the state board of education, for their own government and government of schools, and to transact their business at regular or special meetings, called for such purpose, notice of which shall be given each member:
8. To keep the public school buildings in their charge in such repair as is necessary for the comfort and health of pupils and teachers, and in case of neglect to do so, the deputy superintendent of public instruction shall have power, and it shall be his duty, to cause such needed repairs to be made, and to pay for the same by drawing his order upon the county auditor on the funds of the district, and the auditor shall draw a warrant upon the county treasurer in payment of the same; provided, that the cost of such repairs shall not exceed fifty dollars;
9. To have the custody and safe keeping of the district schoolhouses, their sites and appurtenances;
10. To insure the schoolhouses, furniture and school apparatus in some company authorized by law to transact business in the State of Nevada, and to comply with the conditions of the policy;
11. To employ legally qualified teachers, to determine the salary to be paid and the length of the term of school for which teachers shall be employed, embodying these conditions in a written contract to be signed by the president and the clerk of the board or by a majority of the trustees and the teacher, and a copy of the said contract properly written shall be delivered to each teacher at the opening of the term of school; provided, that the trustees shall not have the right to employ teachers for any term of service commencing after the time for which any member of the board of trustees was elected. The salaries of teachers shall be determined by the character of the service required, and in no district shall there be any discrimination in the matter of salary as against female teachers; provided, that it shall be unlawful for the board of trustees of any school district to employ any teacher not legally qualified to teach all the grades of the school for which such teacher is engaged to teach;
12. To pay toward the salaries of legally qualified teachers the public moneys apportioned to districts for such purpose, by giving them orders therefor on the county auditor;
13. To provide at least six months of free school in the district under their charge. If at any time the deputy superintendent of public instruction shall find that the state and county moneys to which any district is entitled are not sufficient for the completion of a term of school of at least six months during the current school year, he shall immediately certify that fact and information to the clerk of the board of the said district. Upon the receipt of such information, the clerk shall immediately notify the other members of the board, and they shall, as soon as possible thereafter, meet and levy a district tax upon the taxable property of such district sufficient to raise an amount of money which will insure the completion of at least six months of school in that school year. Immediately after the trustees shall have made the levy provided herein, the clerk of the board shall notify the county commissioners and the deputy superintendent of public instruction of its action. The said notice shall contain the statement of the amount of money to be raised by such district tax. The county commissioners shall ascertain the necessary percentage on the property of said district, as shown by the last assessment made thereof after equalization, to raise the amount of money voted,