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once every three months, a written report to the board Report.
SCHOOL CONTROLLERS. Section 2209. In each school district of the first Election. class in this Commonwealth, the board of education therein, at the beginning of each fiscal year, shall elect the controller of the city comprising such district as school controller for said district.
Section 2210. Every person elected as a school con- Oath. troller shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take or subscribe to the oath or affirmation herein provided for school directors, and shall furnish to the school district in which he is elected a proper bond, Bond in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25.000.00), with such surety or sureties as the board of school directors may approve, conditioned upon the faithful performance of all the duties of his office during his term.
Section 2211. The school controller in each district Salary. of the first class shall be paid, from the funds of the school district, an annual salary of four thousand dollars ($4,000.00), payable monthly.
Section 2212. The board of public education in Clerke. school districts of the first class may appoint annually such clerks as it deems necessary to assist the school controller. All such appointments shall be made upon the nomination of the school controller, and their sal. Bularles. aries shall be fixed by the board of public education before any appointment is made. The school controller shall, in addition to his salary, be furnished, by the school district in which he is elected, with necessary stationery and books, required by him in the performance of his duties as school controller.
Section 2213. In case there is a vacancy in the office Vacancy. of school controller, by reason of death, resignation, or otherwise, such vacancy shall be filled, for the remainder of the year, by the election of the city controller by the board of public education. Section 2214. In every school district of the first Approval
of orders. class the school controller therein shall approve all proper school orders, drawn on the school treasurer, before the same are paid. He shall not approve any school order issued in violation of any of the provisions of this act.
Section 2215. He shall at all times have access to me all the accounts, books, records, and papers of the dis- accounts, rec
ordi, otc. trict so far as they relate to the school finances, and may require from the board of school directors, or any
person presenting any school order, such evidence or information regarding its correctness as he may deem proper.
Section 2210. All contracts made by any school district of the first class shall state therein on what item in the annual estimate of school expenditures the same is based, and every contract before becoming valid shall be properly certified by the school controller, who shall, at the time of so doing, charge up the amount of any such contract against the item in the annual estimate on which the same is based. No contract shall be certified by the school controller if the amount to become due thereon shall exceed the item of expenditure on which it is based as herein provided. When any such contract shall extend over a period of more than one year, the school controller shall charge against the item in the annual estimate of school expenditures, on which the same is based, only so much as is due and payable on such contract for said year.
Section 2217. It shall be the duty of each school controller to certify all contracts, for the payment of which a sufficient sum has been provided in the annual school estimate as herein provided. If any school controller shall certify any contract in excess of the amount of the item of expenditure in the annual estimate made therefor, he together with his surety or sureties shall be individually liable on his bond therefor.
Section 2218. The annual estimate of expenses made by the board of public education in each school district of the first class, at or before the time of assessing and levying the annual school tax, shall be certified to the school controller of the district by the secretary of the board, and the said school controller shall, in a proper book or books kept for that purpose, keep an account with each item of expenditure as therein stated or thereafter changed by the board in the manner herein provided. He shall charge up against each item of such estimate all school orders drawn against the same, at the time they are approved by him, and he shall not permit any such estimate to be overdrawn. He shall furnish to the board of public education a monthly statement showing the original amount of each item of such estimate, the amount paid out thereon, and the balance, if any, on hand. If any item is exhausted he shall promptly notify the board of such fact.
Section 2219. The school controller in every school district of the first class shall, on or before the tenth day of January of each year, submit to the board of public education therein an annual itemized statement of the finances of the school district for the past year, which statement shall include all assets of the district, and the source from which they were obtained, together with the amount of uncollected school taxes,
stating the amount of delinquent taxes of each year remaining unpaid. Said statement shall also set forth the disbursements named in the several items of expenditure, as well as the outstanding indebtedness of the district, if any, together with the rate of interest on the same and when it becomes due; it shall include a statement of the sinking-fund of the district, if any, Sinking-fund. including the securities therein held by the district. Said statement shall also contain such further facts and information as the controller may see proper to report. Section 2220. Said school controller shall also fur.
Additional nish annually to the board of public education, on or information. before the first day of November, such information as he may think proper, or as may be required of him by the board of school directors, in order to enable it to prepare the annual estimate of expenditures and tax levy for the coming school year. Section 2221. The annual financial statement, or Publication
of statement, any part thereof, furnished by the school controller in of any district of the first class to the board of school directors therein, may be published by the board of public education in two newspapers, designated by the board, once a week for three successive weeks, beginning the first week after the same has been furnished to it.
THE BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.
Section 2222. The duties of the board of public edu- Additional duties cation in districts of the first class, in addition to the of the Board. duties prescribed in this act, shall be to define the general policies of the school system and to legislate upon all matters pertaining thereto, to determine and direct all expenditures for the maintenance and improvement of the school system, to appoint the officers herein prescribed and define their duties, to appoint teachers, and in general to legislate upon all matters concerning the conduct of the schools subject to the provisions of this act.
Secton 2223. The board of public education in each Superintendent school district of the first class shall annually, on the of first Monday in January, appoint a district superintendent, to be designated and known as superintend
Superintendent ent of schools, and may also at the same time ap- of buildings. point a superintendent of buildings, and a superin- Superintendent tendent of supplies, and shall prescribe their duties of supplies. and fix their salaries. They shall be responsible to the board for the conduct of their respective departments, Annn shall make annual reports to the board, and shall from time to time submit such plans and suggestions for the improvement of the schools and the school system as they shall deem expedient or as the board of public
Supervision of instruction.
Associate and assistant district superintendents.
Qualifications of applicants.
education may require: Provided, That the superintendent of schools may be elected for a term of four years.
Section 2224. Supervision of all matters pertaining to instruction in all the schools, under the direction and subject to the approval of the board of public education, shall be vested in the superintendent of schools, associate superintendents, assistant district superintendents, and school principals. Associate and assistant district superintendents may be appointed by the board of school directors, upon the nomination of the superintendent of schools. They shall receive such compensation as the board of public education may determine. They shall be under the supervision and direction of the superintendent of schools. Assistant district superintendents shall be assigned by the superintendent of schools to administrative districts. They shall, in conjunction with the school principals, inquire into and supervise all matters relating to the government, courses of study, methods of teaching, discipline, and conduct of all schools in their respective districts, and shall report the same when required to the supertendent of schools.
Section 2225. The board of public education in each school district of the first class shall prescribe the mode or modes of determining the qualifications of applicants for positions as principals or teachers in the schools of the district, and shall designate the kinds or grades of teachers' certificates which may or shall be used in the district, together with the scholastic, professional, and personal qualifications required for each kind or grade of certificate.
Section 2226. No certificate shall be granted to any person who is not of good moral character, or to any person who shall not first have presented a certificate, from a physician recognized by the board of public education as competent for the purpose, setting forth that said applicant is neither mentally or physically disqualified by reason of tuberculosis, or any other chronic or acute physical defect, from successfully performing the duties of a teacher.
Section 2227. A board of examiners, whose duty it shall be to examine all applicants for places upon any of the eligible lists required by this act, from which appointments to serve under the board of school directors are made, may be constituted by said board. The superintendent of schools shall nominate to the board of public education for appointment such number of persons for the board of examiners as said board of public education may authorize. The superintendent of schools shall act as chairman of the board of examiners. He shall prescribe such examinations as, upon his recommendation, the board of public education may approve, or as its rules may direct.
@ranting of certificates.
Certificate of physician.
Section 2228. Eligible lists, properly classified, con- Eligible lists. taining the names of persons who have received certificates of qualification to teach, and arranged as nearly as possible in the order of rank or standing, shall be kept in the office of the superintendent of schools, and shall be open to inspection by members of the board of public education, associate and district superintendents, principals and school visitors.
Section 2229. Except as superintendent of schools, associate superintendent, assistant district superintendent, director of a special branch, or as principal of or teacher in a high school or normal school, or in case of promotion or transfer from any position to another or higher position, no person shall be appointed to any educational position in the public school system, in school districts of the first class, whose name does not appear among the three highest names upon the proper eligible list: Provided, That in any district of the first class, or in one that is made a dis- Proviso. trict of the first class by this act, no person holding a position at the time of the passage of this act shall be displaced by the above provision.
Section 2230. A superintendent of buildings may be Appointment of appointed by the board of school directors as herein superintendent provided. He shall be an engineer or architect of good standing in his profession, and shall give such security for the faithful performance of the duties of his office as the said board shall prescribe. Section 2231. The superintendent of buildings shall
Assistants. be responsible for the condition and care of all school buildings and premises. He may appoint such assistants as the board of public education may authorize and approve; said assistants shall receive such compensation as the said board shall determine, and shall perform their duties to the satisfaction of the superintendent of buildings. All plans for new school construction, additions or repairs shall be approved by the superintendent of buildings and shall be submitted to the superintendent of schools for criticism, before sub- Approval mission to the board of public education for adoption. of plans.
Section 2232. The salaries of janitors shall be fixed Janitors' salaries. by the board of public education, and they shall discharge their duties under the direction and to the satisfaction of the superintendent of buildings: Provided, That the board of school visitors of each ward district, by vote of a majority of all the members thereof, shall have the right to elect suitable persons for janitors for all grammar and elementary schools in such ward dis- Election. trict, subject to the rules of the board of education: Provided further, That in the case of other schools the superintendent of buildings shall have the right to rec- Proviso. ommend the appointment of suitable janitors, and the removal of such janitors for proper cause. But no
2231. The condition and caret such assist