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Sec. 11. After said school shall have commenced its first term, and sitors; how at least once in each year thereafter, it shall be visited by three suitable persons, not members, to be appointed by the board of education, who shall examine thoroughly into the affairs of the school, and report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction their views with regard to its condition, success and usefulness, and any other matters they may judge expedient. Such visitors shall be appointed annually.

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Sec. 12. It shall be the duty of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, once at least in each term, to visit said school; and he shall annually make to the legislature a full and detailed report of the doings of the board of education, and of all their expenditures, and the moneys received for tuition, and the prospects, progress and usefulness of said school, including so much of the reports of said visitors as he may deem advisable.

Sec. 13. Lectures on chemistry, comparative anatomy, astronomy, the mechanic arts, agricultural chemistry, and on any other science, or any branch of literature that the board of education may direct, may be delivered to those attending said school, in such manner, Terms and and on such terms and conditions as the board of education may




Sec. 14. As soon as any person has attended said institution twenof pupils. ty-two weeks, said person may be examined in the studies required by the board, in such manner as may be prescribed; and if it shall appear that said person possesses the learning and other qualifications necessary to teach a good common school, said person shall Certificate receive a certificate to that effect from the principal, to be approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Sec. 15. The board of education shall have the power and authorand sub- ity to demand and receive the sum or sums donated and subscribed by the citizens of Ypsilanti and its vicinity, in such manner as said board may prescribe, and apply the same to the erection and completion of the necessary buildings, the purchase of the necessary books, apparatus, furniture and fixtures, and for various other incidental expenses to be incurred by said board in pursuance of the provisions of this act; and if any surplus shall remain, to apply the same in defraying the expenses of conducting said school. And any deficit which may arise in the erection and completion of said build

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ings and purchases aforesaid, shall be paid out of the principal to be received on the sale of lands hereinafter mentioned, not to exceed the sum of ten thousand dollars. Such sum shall be paid from time to time on the warrant of the Auditor General, to be drawn in pursuance of the certificate of the superintendent of building or secretary of the board, and countersigned by the president of the board of education; and no such certificate shall be issued until work shall be done, or services rendered, or buildings erected, or books, apparatus, fixtures or furniture purchased for the Normal School, under the direction of the board of education, entitling the applicant to such certificate, according to a contract or agreement with said board for that purpose, or for services and expenses of the board or some member thereof, in connection with the selection of the site, or the erection of the Normal School buildings, or the improvement of the grounds.



Sec. 16. The ten sections of salt spring lands, located by the board of education under the provisions of sections fifteen and sixteen of "an act to establish a State Normal School," approved March 28, 1849, together with the fifteen sections of said salt spring lands located under the provisions of section sixteen of said act, and all such lands as may be granted by Congress, or received or set apart (in any manner) in lieu of any portion of said land to which the tithe may prove insufficient, and all donations, in land or otherwise, to the State in trust or to the board of education for the support of a Normal School, shall constitute a fund, to be called the Normal School endowment fund, and shall be reserved from sale until the same shall be appraised. The minimum price of said lands shall be four dollars per acre; and it shall be the duty of the officer author- price of ized to sell said lands, to cause the same to be appraised as soon as practicable, in the manner provided for the appraisal of other lands; none of said lands shall be sold for less than the minimum price fixed by law. It shall not be necessary to appraise any of said lands which have heretofore been appraised under existing provisions of law; and the proceeds of sales of any of said lands heretofore appraised and sold, shall constitute a part of the fund herein provided. After such appraisal, such land shall be and remain subject to sale at the State land office, as is now or shall be hereafter provided by law; and the principal shall be and remain a perpetual fund for the use of said institution, (except as herein provided.) The instalments



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Instalments of principal paid by the purchasers,shall be paid into the State treasury; where paid and the interest thereon from the time of its receipt, or from the time of the preceding computation of interest, as the same may be, how compu- shall be computed by the Auditor General and State Treasurer, at the close of each fiscal year, at the rate of six per cent. per annum, and together with all interest paid by purchasers of any portion of said lands, shall be passed to the credit of the Normal School interest fund, to be drawn therefrom upon the warrant of the Auditor General, issued in pursuance of a certificate of the board of education, signed by their secretary and countersigned by their president. that the money is due and payable to the principal of the Normal School, or his assistants, or the teachers or officers employed, or to the members of the board, or the board of visitors, as herein authorized, or for necessary incidental expenses in the support or maintenance of said school or some of its departments.


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Sec. 17. Said funds shall be under the direction and control of the o board of board of education, subject to the provisions herein contained. The treasurer of said board shall pay out of the proper fund all orders or drafts for moneys to be expended under the provisions of this act. Such orders or drafts to be drawn by the Auditor General on the certificate of the secretary, countersigned by the president of the board. No such certificates shall be given except upou accounts audited and allowed by the board at a regular meeting.



Sec. 18. The services and all necessary traveling and other expenses how paid already or hereafter to be incurred by any member of the board of education, or the board of visitors, shall be paid on the proper certificate out of any funds belonging to said institution in the hands of the treasurer, until the erection and completion of the necessary buildings. The principal, assistants, teachers and other officers employed how paid. in said school, shall bep aid out of the Normal School interest fund, and from receipts for tuition; and the services and expenses of the board of education, after the erection of the necessary buildings, and other expenses incident to said institution, shall be paid for out of the Normal School interest fund, in the same manner, as near as may be, as is required in regard to moneys drawn for the payment Pay of mem- of the principal or other teachers. The members of the board of sitors. education and the visitors shall be entitled to two dollars per day for

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Sec. 19. For the purpose of rendering more efficient their organ- "The Board ization and to enable them the more fully to carry into effect the pro- tion;" their visions herein contained, the members of the board of education now holding their offices under the provisions of "an act to establish a State Normal School," approved March 28th, 1849, and their successors in office, are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name of "The Board of Education," for the purposes herein contemplated, and subject to such modifications as may be made thereto, and in that name shall have perpetual succession, and shall be and they are hereby empowered to purchase, have, hold, possess and enjoy to themselves and their successors, lands, tenements, hereditaments, goods, chattels and effects of every kind, and the same to grant, alien, sell, invest and dispose of, to sue and be sued, plead, and be impleaded in all courts in this State, to have and to use a common seal, and the same to change, alter and renew at pleasure, and to make such by-laws and regulations as they may deem proper for the well ordering and government of said corporation and the transaction of its business: Provided, The same be not repugnant to the constitution or laws of this State or of the United States.


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Sec. 20. Said corporation shall be subject to the provisions of subject to chapter fifty-five of the revised statutes of 1846, so far as the same can apply, and are not inconsistent with the provisions of this act. They shall have power to transact all necessary business at any meeting, a quorum being present; and meetings may be called in such manner as their by-laws may provide, and a quorum shall consist of a majority of the members. The first meeting under this act may be held at such time and place as may be directed by the secretary, and no publication of notice thereof shall be necessary; and the attendance of a quorum shall render valid the proceedings of such meeting. All process against said corporation shall be served Process. on the president or secretary thereof.

Sec. 21. Sections four, fifteen and sixteen of "an act to establish a State Normal School," approved March 28th, 1849, and all of the provisions of said act and the act supplementary thereto, which are in consistent with the provisions of this act, are hereby repealed. Sec. 22. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after

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its passage, and the Legislature may at any time alter, amend or repeal the same by a vote of two-thirds of the members present in each house.

Approved March 25, 1850.

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AN ACT to incorporate the Paw Paw and Allegan Plank Road

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That I. W. Willard, James Crane, J. R. Baker, of Van Buren county; Henry H. Booth, Joseph Fisk, Abraham Hoag, Joshua Hill, Charles Parkhurst, D. W. C. Chapin, Eber Sherwood, A. Rossman, of Allegan county, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners, under the direction of a majority of whom subscriptions may be received to the capital stock of the Paw Paw and Allegan Plank Road Company; and the subscribers thereto, with such other persons as they shall associate with them for that purpose, their successors and assigns, shall be and they are hereby created a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the Paw Paw and Allegan Plank Road Company, with corporate


Sec. 2. Said company hereby created shall have the power to lay out, establish and construct on the most eligible route, a plank road and all necessary buildings and appurtenances, commencing at the village of Paw Paw in the county of Van Buren, and terminating and intersecting with the Kalamazoo and Grand River Plank Road, at the most eligible point in the county of Allegan, with the privilege of uniting said road at any point with the road of any other company.

Sec. 3. The capital stock of said company shall be twenty thou sand dollars, divided into eight hundred shares of twenty-five dollars each.

Sec. 4. The directors of said

company may commute with of the any may com- stockholders thereof, for any instalments upon their stock, by allowing them, instead of paying their subscription in money, to take contracts, on giving satisfactory security for the fulfillment of the same,

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