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to the number of census children resident in each district, for which purpose he may order a census to be taken, the expenses of which shall be met as provided in section 133 of this act. Joint School District.
SEC. 81. A joint school district may be formed of parts of two or more counties, provided a majority of the qualified voters in that part of each county which it is proposed to include in such joint district shall petition for the creation of such joint district, such petition to contain a description of the boundaries of the proposed joint district. When such petition is presented to the board of county commissioners in each county in which any part of the territory of said proposed joint district is located, such boards shall, if they favor the establishment of a joint district, provide for such establishment, and the superintendent of public instruction shall appoint the members of the board of school trustees, who shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified according to law. State Superintendent to Apportion Funds, How.
SEC. 82. The superintendent of public instruction shall apportion the county school fund to any such joint school district as follows: In apportioning sixty per cent of the county school fund of any county, he shall apportion to a joint school district the regular amount per census child residing in that county. In apportioning forty per cent of the county school fund of any county, he shall consider the teacher as belonging in part to each county, part of which lies in the joint school district, and the part belonging to any county will be in proportion to the number of school census children in that county.
In apportioning thirty per cent of the state distributive school fund within any county, he shall apportion to a joint school district the regular amount per census child residing in that county. In apportioning seventy per cent of the state distributive school fund within any county, he shall consider the teacher as belonging in part to each county, part of which lies in the joint school district, and the part belonging to any county will be in proportion to the number of school census children in that county. Union School, How Established.
Sec. 83. On the recommendation of the deputy superintendent of public instruction, the boards of school trustees of any contiguous school district in the same county or in adjoining counties may, in joint meeting of the two boards, unite the two districts and establish a union school to be supported out of the funds belonging to the respective districts. Joint Board to Govern-More than One School, When.
SEC. 84. The school thus established shall be governed by a joint board, composed of the trustees of the combining districts; provided, that school may be maintained at more than one point in the union district thus formed, if found necessary or advisable; and provided further, that the classes and grades in the two districts shall be arranged with reference to the convenience of the children and the efficient and economical management of the school. In case of a disagreement of the joint board as to the arrangement and distribution of the various classes and grades in the two districts, the deputy superintendent of public instruction shall determine the same.
Expenses, How Paid.
A majority of the members of the joint board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Vouchers shall be made out on the separate district funds for the pro rata of monthly expenses, as agreed upon by the joint board, and these vouchers shall be signed by the president and clerk of the school board in the district on whose fund the vouchers are drawn. District Dissolved, When.
Sec. 86. The union school, or district, herein provided for, may be dissolved in June of any year by mutual consent or action of the boards of school trustees in the districts interested, or by the unanimous action of the school board of either district; provided, that no indebtedness incurred by the joint board exists; and provided further, that in case of dissolution by action of only one of the two districts as herein prescribed, at least thirty days' notice of intention to dissolve shall have been given to the joint board. Districts Enlarged or Consolidated.
SEC. 87. The board of county commissioners in any county on the recommendation of the deputy superintendent of public instruction, and without formal petition, may enlarge the boundaries of any school district, wherein there may be uncertainty of maintaining the minimum requirement of five census children, sufficiently beyond the sixteen-milesquare limit to include five or more census school children actually residing, and not temporarily living, therein, or the board, upon the recommendation of the deputy superintendent, may consolidate two or more such districts or parts of districts into a single district. Property of Consolidated Districts.
SEC. 88. In case of the consolidation of two or more districts as herein provided for, the property of the separate districts shall become the property of the district thus formed, and any money in the fund of a district consolidated with another shall, on notice given by the deputy superintendent of public instruction, be transferred by the county auditor and the county treasurer to the credit of the district so formed. Board Appointed, When.
SEC. 89. When a district is formed by consolidation as herein provided, the deputy superintendent of public instruction shall appoint a board of school trustees therefor; he shall determine the points therein where instruction is to be given, and shall aid the trustees in making necessary provision for carrying out the purposes of this act. Emergency Fund Created.
SEC. 90. At the time of the apportionment of money in the state distributive school fund in January and July of each year, the superintendent of public instruction, before making such apportionment, shall set aside from said fund the sum of three thousand dollars, the same to constitute and be known as the emergency school fund; and he shall at once notify the state controller and the state treasurer of his action. For Districts Formed After Regular Apportionment.
Sec. 91. The emergency school fund, or such portion thereof as the state board of education shall deem advisable, shall be used as hereinafter provided for payment of a teachers' salary in any legally constituted school district formed after the regular apportionment in January and July of any year and not consisting mainly or wholly of census children and territory theretofore included in an established school district. Conditions Before Money Is Distributed.
Sec. 92. Before any portion of the emergency school fund is distributed to any school district that may be entitled thereto under the provisions of this act, the superintendent of public instruction shall cause a census to be taken and shall satisfy himself that a competent teacher has been employed and that a suitable building has been provided. Basis of Distribution.
Sec. 93. The money in the emergency school fund, or such part thereof as may be necessary, shall be distributed to the various districts entitled thereto on the basis of teachers-one teacher to every fifty census children or fraction thereof; and not more than two hundred and fifty dollars shall be allowed for any one teacher. The money thus distributed shall be used only for the payment of salaries of teachers. The superintendent of public instruction shall submit to the state board of education lists of school districts entitled to money under the provisions of this act, and estimates of the amount of money necessary for each district. But One Apportionment to Any District from Emergency Fund.
SEC. 94. No more than one apportionment shall be made to any one school district from the emergency school fund. But at the general apportionments thereafter such district shall be entitled to its share of the state distributive school fund and of the general school fund of the county in which the district is located, the census provided for in section 92 of this act serving as the basis of apportionment until the general school census is available therefor. State Board of Education to Approve.
SEC. 95. Upon approval by the state board of education of the amounts to be distributed, the superintendent of public instruction shall draw his order on the state controller for the sum to be sent from the emergency school fund to any county, and the state controller shall thereupon draw his warrant on the state treasurer therefor, and the state treasurer shall pay over the money to the county treasurer, or any treasurer named. The superintendent of public instruction shall inform the county auditor and the county treasurer of any county to which money is thus sent, of the amount set aside for any school district or districts in that county; and such money shall be applied by the board or boards of school trustees thereof for the purpose named in this act, and disbursed in the manner prescribed by law. Residue to Revert.
SEC. 96. Any money remaining in the emergency school fund on the thirtieth day of June and the thirty-first day of December of any year shall revert to the state distributive school fund. District Abolished, When.
Sec. 97. Upon notice from the deputy superintendent of public instruction that a district has fewer than three resident children in actual school attendance, the board of county commissioners shall abolish such district.
Funds to Revert.
SEC. 98. All moneys remaining to the credit of any school district which has been legally abolished, by action of the board of county, commissioners of the county in which the district is situated, shall revert to the county school fund of the said county. Property of Abolished District To Be Sold.
Sec. 99. All property, real and personal, of any abolished school district shall revert to the county in which the said district is situated, and the board of county commissioners are hereby authorized to control and manage, rent or sell such reverted school property in the manner prescribed for the sale of county property; provided, that in case the said board of county commissioners shall find all of the real and personal property of any abolished district to be of a value less than one hundred dollars, the same may be sold without publication of notice and to the highest bidder for cash at private sale. Disposal of Proceeds.
SEC. 100. All the moneys derived from the sale or rent of reverted school property shall be paid into the county school fund.
GENERAL PROVISIONS Public Schools Defined.
SEC. 101. Public schools within the meaning of this act shall include all elementary schools, and all district and county high schools. Elementary School Defined.
SEC. 102. An elementary school within the meaning of this act shall be one in which no grade work above that included in the eighth grade according to the regularly adopted state course of study shall be given. High School Defined.
A high school within the meaning of this act shall be a school in which subjects above the eighth grade according to the state course of study may be taught. School Year.
Sec. 103. The public school year shall commence on the first day of July and shall end on the last day of June. School Month and Salary of Teacher.
Sec. 104. A school month shall consist of four weeks of five days each, and teachers shall be paid only for the time in which they are actually engaged in teaching; provided, that when an intermission of less than six days is ordered by the trustees no deduction of salary shall be made therefor. Sectarian Literature Prohibited.
SEC. 105. No books, tracts, or papers of a sectarian or denominational character shall be used or introduced in any schools established under the provisions of this act; nor shall any sectarian or denominational doctrines be taught therein; nor shall any school whatever receive any of the public school funds which has not been taught in accordance with the provisions of this section.
School Property Exempt from Taxation.
SEC. 106. All lots, buildings, or other school property, owned by any district, town, or city, and devoted to public school purposes, shall be, and the same are hereby, exempted from taxation and from sale on any execution or other writ or order in the nature of an execution. Hygiene To Be Taught.
Sec. 107. Physiology and hygiene shall be taught in the public schools of this state, and especial attention shall be given to the effects of stimulants and narcotics upon the human system. Song-Birds, Fish, and Game.
Sec. 108. It is hereby made the duty of each and every teacher in the public schools of this state to give oral instruction at least once a month to all children attending such schools, relative to the preservation of song-birds, fish, and game; and to explain to such children of suitable ages, at least twice each school year, the fish and game laws of the State of Nevada.
Sec. 109. [Repealed, Stats. 1915, 18.] Arbor Day Not Legal Holiday.
SEC. 110. Arbor Day is hereby established in the State of Nevada, and shall be fixed each year by proclamation of the governor at least one month before the fixing of such date, and it shall be observed as a holiday by the public schools of this state; provided, that nothing in this act shall be so construed as making this a legal holiday, so far as the courts and civil contracts are concerned. Arbor Day-Governor's Proclamation.
Sec. 111. His excellency the governor is requested to make proclamation setting forth the provisions of the preceding section of this statute, and recommending that Arbor Day so established be observed by the people of the state in the planting of trees, shrubs, and vines, in the promotion of forest growth and culture, in the adornment of public and private grounds, places, and ways, and in such other efforts and undertakings as shall be in harmony with the character of the day so established. Holidays-Schools Closed.
SEC. 112. No school shall be kept open on the first day of January, the thirtieth day of May, the fourth day of July, the first Monday of September, Thanksgiving day, and the twenty-fifth day of December of each year, nor on any day appointed by the president of the United States or the governor of this state for public fast, thanksgiving, or holiday. Semiholidays-Schools Open.
All schools shall be kept open and shall observe with appropriate exercises the twelfth day of February, the twenty-second day of February, Arbor Day, and the thirty-first day of October of each year, if such days occur on regular school days. Election Day-No School Shall Be Closed.
No school shall be closed on the date of any primary or general election, except in cases of school elections when the school building is needed as a polling place. The National Flag.
SEC. 113. Boards of school trustees in all school districts throughout