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Eleventh—To visit such of the charitable institutions of the State as are educational in their character, to examine their facilities for instruction, and to prescribe forms for such reports as he may desire from their superintendents. Twelfth–To report to the Governor, on or before the 1st of November, preceding each regular session of the General Assembly, the condition of the schools in the several counties of the State; the number of schools which have been taught in each county in each of the preceding years, commencing on the 1st of July; the number taught by men and women respectively; the number of pupils in attendance; the number of persons in each county under 21 years of age, and the number of persons between the ages of 12 and 21 years unable to read and write; the amount of township funds; the amount of interest on the State or common school fund, and on the township fund, annually paid out; the amount raised by an ad valorem tax; the amount annually expended for schools; the number of school houses, their kind and condition; the number of townships and parts of townships in each county; the number of books purchased for the use of schools and the cost of the same; the value of apparatus purchased; the number of district libraries; together with such other information and suggestions as he may deem important in relation to the schools and school laws, and the means of promoting education throughout the State, which report shall be submitted to the General Assembly at each regular session. Thirteenth—To prepare with the advice of the State board of health, the State architect and the State fire marshal, for school directors and boards of education specifications for the minimum requirements for the heating, ventilation, lighting, seating, water supply, toilet and safety against fire which will conserve the health and safety of the children attending the public schools. § 15. It shall further be the duty of each county superintendent of schools: First—To execute, upon notice by the county board, a new bond, conditioned and approved as the first bond. Second—To sell township fund lands, issue certificates of purchase, report to the county board and Auditor of Public Accounts, and perform all other duties pertaining thereto. Third–To register the names of all applicants for normal school and university scholarships; to hold, or cause to be held, examinations for the same, and to perform such other duties as pertain thereto. Fourth–To visit each public school in the county at least once a year, noting the methods of instruction, the branches taught, the text books used, and the discipline, government and general condition of the schools; in the performance of which duty he shall spend at least half his time, and more, if practicable, in visiting ungraded schools. Fifth-To give teachers and school officers such directions in the science, art and methods of teaching, and in regard to courses of study, as he may deem expedient. Sirh–To act as the official adviser and constant assistant of the school officers and teachers in his county. In the performance of this
duty...he shall faithfully carry out the advice of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Seventh—To conduct a teachers’ institute, to aid and encourage the formation of other teachers’ meetings, and to assist in their management. Eighth—To labor in every practicable way to elevate the standard of teaching and improve the condition of the common schools of his county. Ninth—To examine at least once each year all books, accounts and vouchers of every township treasurer in his county, and, if he finds any irregularities in them, to report the same at once, in writing, to the trustees, whose duty it shall be to take immediately such action as the case demands. Tenth—To examine all notes, bonds, mortgages, and other evidences of indebtedness which the township treasurer holds officially, and if he finds that the papers are not in proper form, or that the securities are insufficient, he shall so state, in writing, to the board of trustees. Eleventh—To give notice of the election of trustees in such cases as are specified in section 24 of this Act. Twelfth–To give notice of any regular or special election as required by section 107 of this Act. Thirteenth—To investigate and determine all matters pertaining to changes in the boundaries of school districts which may come to him by appeal from the decision of the trustees of schools, and to inform the township treasurer from whom the papers relating to the matter were received of his decision. Fourteenth—To file and keep all the poll books and returns of elections required to be returned to him and the reports and statements returned by township treasurers and trustees of schools. Fifteenth—To hold meetings, at least quarterly, for the examination of teachers. Sirteenth—To grant certificates of qualification to teach to such persons as may be qualified to receive them, and to keep a record of all teachers to whom certificates have been granted, and of all teachers employed in his county. Seventeenth—To notify the presidents of boards of trustees and the clerks of school districts, on or before September 30, annually, of the amount of money distributed by him to the township treasurer, with the date of distribution. Eighteenth—To keep in his office a map of his county on a scale of not less than two inches to the mile, and to indicate thereon the boundary lines and numbers of all school districts. Districts shall be numbered consecutively. In case of the formation of a new district composed of parts of two or more counties, the county superintendents of such counties shall agree upon a number by which such district shall be designated, which number shall not be a duplicate of any number in either of such counties. Nineteenth—To furnish the township treasurers a list of the districts in their respective townships with the consecutive numbers of the Sarne. Twentieth—To inspect the plans and specifications for the heating, ventilation, lighting, seating, water supply, toilets and safety against fire for public school rooms and buildings submitted to him by boards of education or boards of directors, and to approve all those which comply substantially with the specifications prepared and published by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Twenty-first—To inspect all public schools under his supervision and notify in writing before the first day of April the board of school trustees or other boards exercising similar functions, whether the several schools in their jurisdiction have or have not been kept as required by law. Turenty-second—To request the State board of health, the State fire marshal or the State architect to inspect public school buildings which appear to him to be unsafe, insanitary or unfit for occupancy. It shall be the duty of these officials to inspect such buildings and to state in writing in what particular they are unsafe, insanitary or unfit for occupancy. Upon the receipt of such statement the county superintendent of schools shall condemn the building and notify in writing the board of directors or board of education, stating specifically the reasons for such condemnation. He shall also notify, in writing, the board of school trustees that the school so condemned is not kept as required by law. § 35. At the regular semi-annual meetings on the first Mondays of April and October, the trustees shall ascertain the amount of funds subject to distribution, and shall appropriate and distribute the same as required by this section, and not otherwise. All valid claims shall be paid before distribution, in manner following: First, the compensation of the treasurer; second, the cost of publishing the annual statement; third, the cost of a record book, if any ; fourth, the cost of dividing school lands and making plats. The balance shall be apportioned and distributed to the districts and parts of districts in the township in which schools have been kept as required by law during the preceding year ending June 30th, according to the number of persons returned under 21 years of age. The funds so distributed shall be credited to the respective districts and parts of districts. When the board of trustees has had notice from the county superintendent of schools that a district has not kept school as required by law, the part of the distributive fund apportioned to such district shall be withheld until the county superintendent has given notice in writing that the requirements of the law have been complied with. The amount withheld shall then be placed to the credit of such district: Provided, in cases where the school houses were already in use for school purposes July 1, 1915, and do not comply with the minimum requirements for the health and safety of the pupils as set forth by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the distributive fund shall not be withheld until after March 1, 1917. § 114. The board of directors shall have the following additional duties: First—To make, at the annual election of directors, to the voters there present, a detailed report of receipts and expenditures, and transmit a copy of the same within five days to the township treasurer. Second—To report to the county superintendent within ten days the names of all teachers employed, with the dates of the beginning and end of their contracts.
Third—To provide for the revenue necessary to maintain schools in their districts. Fourth—To determine, in case of a district composed of parts of two or more townships, which treasurer is to receive the taxes of the district, and to notify the collectors in writing accordingly. Fifth–To adopt and enforce all necessary rules and regulations for the management and government of the public schools of their district. | Sirth—To visit and inspect the public schools as the good of the schools may require. Seventh—To appoint all teachers and fix the amount of their salaries. Eighth—To direct what branches of study shall be taught, what text books and apparatus shall be used, and to enforce uniformity of text books in the public schools; but they shall not permit books to be changed oftener than once in four years. Ninth—To establish and keep in operation for at least seven months in each year, and longer if practicable, a sufficient number of free schools for the accommodation of all persons in the district over the age of six and under twenty-one years, and to secure for all such persons the right and opportunity to an equal education in such schools. Tenth—To purchase, at the expense of the district, a sufficient number of text books used to supply children whose parents are unable to buy them. Such text books shall be loaned only, and the directors shall require the teacher to see that they are properly cared for and returned at the end of each term of school. Eleventh—To deliver to the township treasurer on or before the seventh day of July, annually, all teachers’ schedules made and certified as required by law. Tu'elfth–To pay no public money to any teacher unless such teacher at the time of his or her employment shall have held a certificate of qualification obtained under the provisions of this Act, and shall have kept and furnished schedules as required by this Act, and shall have satisfactorily accounted for books, apparatus and other property of the district that he may have taken in charge. Thirteenth—To cause a copy of the township treasurers' report of the financial condition of the district to be entered upon the records of the district, and to post the same at the front door of the building where the annual election of directors is held. § 119. It shall not be lawful for a board of directors to purchase or locate a school house site, or to purchase, build or move a school house, or to levy a tax to extend schools beyond nine months, without a vote of the people at an election called and conducted as required by section 198 of this Act. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary to authorize the directors to act. If no locality shall receive a majority of the votes, the directors may select a suitable site. The site selected by either method shall be the school site for such district. Before erecting or remodeling a public school building the board of directors or the board of education in districts containing fewer than 100,000 inhabitants, shall submit the plans and specifications respecting heating, ventilation, lighting, seating, water supply, toilets and safety against fire to the county superintendent of schools for his approval. APPROVED June 25th, 1915.
SCHOOL UNDER SPECIAL CHARTER—EMIN ENT DOMAIN. § 1. Schools under special charters may acquire property under laws of eminent domain. (House Bill No. 559. Approv ED JUNE 23, 1915.)
AN ACT giving to the trustees of schools, board of school inspectors, board of education or other corporate authority managing and controlling the public schools of any school district existing by virtue of any special charter and governed by any or all such special charters or special or general school laws of this State, and having a population of fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, the power to acquire property and to have the compensation to be paid therefor determined by the earercise of the right of eminent domain. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois. represented in the General Assembly: That whenever any school district existing by virtue of any special charter and governed by any or all such special charter or special school laws of this State, and having a population of fewer than 500,000 inhabitants, shall require any lot or parcel of land situated within such school district for a site for a school building, or for an addition to any school building already erected and used for school purposes, or shall require any lot or parcel of land situated within such school district for the purpose of a playground for school children, and the compensation for such lot or parcel of land cannot be agreed upon between the owner or owners of such lot or parcel of land and the trustees of schools, board of school inspectors, board of education or other corporate authority managing and controlling the public schools of such district, it shall be lawful for the trustees of schools, board of school inspectors, board of education or other corporate authority managing and controlling the public schools of such district to acquire such lot or parcel of land and have the compensation to be paid therefor determined in the manner which may at the time be provided by law for the exercise of the right of eminent domain. . APPROVED June 23d, 1915.
SCHOOL UNDER SPECIAL CHARTER—POWER TO BORROW MONEY.
§ 1. Districts empowered to borrow money, and $ 4. Bonds to be registered—record by treasurer. issue bonds—denomination—limit of indebtedness. § 5. Act construed.
§ 2. Submission to vote.
§ 3. Form of ballot. (House BILL No. 45. APPRov ED JUNE 29, 1915.) AN ACT giving to the board of education of any school district having a population of less than 100,000 inhabitants, and eristing by virtue of any special charter and governed by any or all such special charters. the power to borrow money for certain purposes and issue negotiable coupon bonds therefor, and providing that the proposition or question to borrow money and issue such bonds shall be submitted to the voters of such school district. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois. represented in the General Assembly: That the board of education of