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Assistants election of

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Term and salary.

May be removed from office.

Vacancy.

Vacancy.

Section 1136. Except in districts of the first class, assistant district superintendents shall be chosen by a majority vote of all the members of the board of school directors of the district, upon the nomination of the district superintendent, at the convention which elects the district superintendents, or at any subsequent meeting: Provided, That five days' notice thereof has been sent by mail to each member of the board of school directors.

Section 1137. Assistant district superintendents shall serve through the term of the district superintendent, at salaries paid by the district, and fixed by a majority vote of the whole board of school directors prior to their election.

Section 1138. District superintendents and assistant district superintendents may be removed from office, after hearing, by a majority vote of the board of school directors of the district, for neglect of duty, incompetency, intemperance, or immorality, of which hearing notice of at least one week has been sent by mail to the accused, as well as to each member of the board of school directors.

Section 1139. Any vacancy in the position of district superintendent or assistant district superintendent shall be filled, by the board of school directors, for the remainder of the term.

Section 1140. Any school district of the second or third class having no district superintendent may elect a district superintendent, before the regular time fixed for the election of district superintendents, in the manner herein provided, and he shall serve until the date when the terms of other district superintendents end.

Section 1141. District superintendents and assistant district superintendents shall be commissioned by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in the same manner and under the same conditions as in the case of county superintendents, and objections to the election of district superintendents or assistant district superintendents may be made in writing to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, signed, among others, by at least one-third of the members of the board of school directors of said district, verified by the oath or affirmation of at least three objectors, and such case shall be disposed of as in the case of county superintendents.

Section 1142. The duties of district superintendents shall be the same as those now required of county superintendents, and also such as shall be required of them by the boards of school directors of their respective districts. The district superintendent shall have a seat in the board of school directors of the district, and the right to speak on all matters before the board, but not to vote.

Section 1143. Assistant district superintendentis shall perform such duties as may be assigned them by

Sball be commissioned.

Objections to election

Duttes.

Duttos.

dation of districts.

the boards of school directors or by the district superintendents.

Section 1144. When any school district, having a Upon consolidadistrict superintendent, is, after this act goes into effect, annexed to and becomes a part of another school district, the district superintendent therein shall become an assistant district superintendent in the district to which such school district is annexed, for the remainder of his term.

Section 1115. No county, district, or assistant shall not engage county or district superintendent in this common. wealth shall engage in the business or profession of teaching in this Commonwealth, unless it be done without any other compensation than that paid to him as such superintendent.

Section 1146. Every person elected or appointed Oath of office. as county superintendent, district superintendent, or assistant county or district superintendent, shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, subscribe to and take, before the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or before any judge of a court of common pleas in this Commonwealth, the same oath or affirmation as has herein Veen prescribed to be taken by persons elected to the office of school director, which said oath or affirmation, being attested by said Superintendent of Public Instruction or judge, shall be filed in the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Section 1147. No county, district, or assistant Sha county or district superintendent shall receive any pensation. compensation for services rendered in connection with the public schools under his jurisdiction except the compensation herein provided. No county, district, or assistant county or district superintendent, who is engaged as such, nor any person who is an applicant for such position, shall be an agent for, nor shall he be in Nor be agent for any way financially interested in, the sale or adoption in of any book or books or supplies in the county or district in which he is engaged, or in which he is an applicant for such position.

Section 1148. The county and district superintend- of teachers. ents shall conduct the examination of teachers for provisional and professional certificates, within their respective counties or districts, as hereinafter provided. The times and places of such examinations in each county or district shall be at the discretion of such superintendent, proper notice to be given of the same.

Section 1149. It shall be the duty of each county To see that and district superintendent to see that in every district brand there shall be taught the several branches required by taught. this act, as well as such other branches as the board of school directors may require.

Shall receive no other com

books or supplies in his district.

Examination

Section 1150. In case the board of school directors Fallure to proshall fail to provide competent teachers to teach the to

the required

vide competent teacher.

Appropriations to be forfeited.

Reports to be made annually.

several branches required in this act, it shall be the duty of the county or district superintendent to notify the board of school directors, in writing, of its neglect, and, in case provision is not made forth with for teaching the branches aforesaid, to report such fact to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, whose duty it shall be to withhold any order for such district's share of the State appropriation until the county or district superintendent shall notify him that competent teachers of the branches aforesaid have been employed. And in case of neglect or refusal by the board of school directors to employ such competent teachers as aforesaid, for one month after receiving notice from the county or district superintendent that such teachers have not been provided, such district shall forfeit absolutely its whole share of the State appropriation for that year.

Section 1151. Every county and every district superintendent in this Commonwealth shall annually, on or before the first Monday of August, forward to the Superintendent of Public Instruction the reports of the several school districts under his supervision, and shall accompany the same with such extended report of the public schools under his supervision as he may think proper, suggesting such improvements or changes in the public school system as he may see fit to suggest. He shall further furnish to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, whenever required so to do, such additional reports and information as the Superintendent of Public Instruction may request.

Section 1152. Any person who shall, either directly or indirectly, pay or give to a school director any sum of money, or other thing of value, for his vote or support in the election of a county, district, or assistant county or district superintendent, or pay or give to a school director any or all of his expenses incurred in and about the convention for the election of a county, district, or assistant county or district superintendent, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be fined not less than five dollars ($5.00) or more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than thirty days, or more than one year, either or both, at the discretion of the court, and shall forever thereafter be disqualified from holding the office of county superintendent, district superintendent, assistant county or district superintendent, school director, or any other office in the public school system of this Commonwealth.

Section 1153. Any superintendent of public schools in any school district of the first class, at the time of the approval of this act, having supervision of all the territory comprising such school district, shall serve therein at the same salary as district superintendent until the end of his term, when a district superintendent shall be elected as herein provided.

Bribery in election of superintendent.

Misdemeanor.

Penalty.

Salary to continue

until end of term.

ARTICLE XII.

and age.

certificates.

with teachers.

TEACHERS AND SUPERVISING PRINCIPALS. Section 1201. The board of school directors in every Teachers. school district in this Commonwealth shall employ the necessary qualified teachers to keep the public schools open in their respective districts in compliance with the provisions of this act.

Section 1202. Every teacher employed to teach in Character the public schools of this Commonwealth must be a ano person of good moral character, and must be at least eighteen years of age.

Section 1203. The board of school directors in every Special teachers. school district in this Commonwealth may employ such special teachers, qualified as herein provided, as they may deem necessary for any of the public schools or departments thereof in the district.

Section 1204. Teachers of merit and experience, who Ştate hold State certificates which exempt their holders from further examination, may be elected for any length of time not exceeding three years.

Section 1205. In school districts of the second, third, Contracts and fourth class, all contracts with teachers shall be in writing, in duplicate, and shall be executed on behalf of the board of school directors by the president and secretary and signed by the teacher.

Section 1206. When a board of school directors is compelled to close any school or schools on account of schools are contagious disease, the destruction or damage of the school building by fire, or other causes, unless otherwise provided in their contracts of employment, the school district shall be liable for the salaries of the teachers of said school or schools for the terms for which they were engaged.

Section 1207. No teacher shall be employed in this relatives of Commonwealth, by any board of school directors, who bere is related to any member of the board; as, father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandchild, nephew, niece, firstcousin, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, or aunt, Exception. unless such teacher receives the affirmative votes of three fourths of all the members of the board.

Section 1208. Any principal or teacher employed in any school district may be dismissed, at any time, by cause. the board of school directors, on account of immorality, incompetency, intemperance, cruelty, negligence, or for the violation of any of the provisions of this act: Pro. vided, That before any principal or teacher is dismissed he shall be given an opportunity to be heard, after reasonable notice in writing of the charges made against him.

Salaries when

closed.

directors not to be employed.

Dismissal for

Proviso.

Increase of salary.

Section 1209. Any principal or teacher who, unless Refusal to teach,

released by the board of school directors, refuses or neglects to teach through the term for which he was

engaged, except when prevented by personal illness, Penalty.

shall be disqualified from teaching in any public school

in this Commonwealth during the term of said contract. Minimum salary. Section 1210. The minimum salary of every teacher

in the public schools of this Commonwealth, holding a professional or a State certificate, who has taught successfully for two years and presents a certificate to that effect from the proper superintendent, shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) per school month. The minimum salary of every other teacher in the public schools of this Commonwealth shall be forty dollars ($40.00) per school month.

Section 1211. The minimum salaries of teachers, as hereinbefore fixed, shall be increased from fifty (50) to fifty-five (55), and from forty (40) to forty-five (45), dollars per month: Provided, The General Assembly increases the appropriation for public schools to provide necessary funds for such increase in minimum,

salaries under the provisions of this act. Exceptions.

Section 1212. The provisions of this act fixing the minimum salaries of teachers shall not apply to any teacher engaged only in teaching a night school, or to one who is engaged for only a part of the school day

or school month. Increased salaries, Section 1213. The increase in all salaries made nec

essary by the minimum salaries herein fixed, over the salaries paid in each school district in this Commonwealth in the school year beginning on the first Monday of June, one thousand nine hundred and six (1906), shall be paid out of the State appropriation for public schools.

Proviso.

how paid.

SUPERVISING PRINCIPALS.

Supervising principal.

Qualid ca tions.

Section 1214. The board of school directors of any school district of the third or fourth class which has no district superintendent may employ, for a term not exceeding three years, a supervising principal of a part or all of the public schools of said school district. Every supervising principal shall have the same quali. fications as are herein required for a superintendent of schools.

Section 1215. Two or more school districts may join in the employment of a supervising principal, or of a supervisor or teacher of drawing, music, or other special subject, for part or all of the schools of such districts; such supervising principal, supervisor or special teacher to be employed, his compensation paid, and his duties prescribed, by the several districts employing him.

Districts may join.

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