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raise a fund equal to the fund and the part of the district located in the organized county may receive from the general levy provided for in this act.

Sec. 3. Making of district map.-The county superintendent shall cause maps to be made showing each proposed new district as agreed upon by the committee, and showing the location of each proposed new schoolhouse; he shall post a copy of such map in his office and shall send a copy to each district board of trustees, who shall, within three days after its receipt, post said map in the local schoolhouse or schoolhouses affected by the readjustment.

Sec. 4. Forming of new districts. In the readjustment of district boundaries, wherever practicable the districts shall be broken on the half section rather than upon the section line; the standard district shall contain twenty square miles, and no district shall contain less than twelve square miles unless the topography of the country renders smaller districts necessary. Provided this section shall be construed to permit districts of more than twenty or less than twelve square miles when deemed for the best interest for the several communities interested.

Sec. 5. Notice of hearing.-Within ten days after the survey is completed and maps of the same prepared, the county superintendent shall designate a time for a hearing at the county seat where any person may file objections to the plan as recommended. After such hearing he shall make such changes of the map as the committee deems advisable, and shall report this final order to the county board, who shall record the same in the minutes of their proceedings.

Sec. 6. Notice of election-ballot-election.-Upon receipt of the corrected maps and the committee's report, the county board shall designate a time, giving at least twenty days notice, for an election to be held in each schoolhouse of the districts interested, at which election all qualified school electors shall vote by ballot for or against the readjustment of school district boundaries. The voting shall be by separate ballot provided by the county board, and shall be substantially as follows:

"For the discontinuance of all school district boundaries in the County of .. in districts organized un


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der Articles I to XXI, Chapter 71, Revised Statutes of Nebraska for 1913, and the re-districting of said county.

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Electors favoring such readjustment of district boundaries shall mark a cross in the circles after 'Yes'; those opposed to such readjustment shall mark a cross in the circle after 'No.'"

All school electors qualified to vote on school questions shall be eligible to vote in this election.

Ballots shall be cast in ballot boxes and the voting shall be under the direction and in charge of the board of trustees of each local school district. Said board of trustees shall make a list of all persons voting at said election, shall count the ballots and certify the returns within twenty-four hours to the county clerk who shall canvass the same, as provided by law for canvassing returns in general elections, and shall report the results to the county board. If a majority of the votes cast in said election shall favor the readjustment of district boundary lines, the county commissioners shall declare the same duly established and effective at twelve o'clock noon of the first Monday in July next after the date of said election. A report of such proceedings shall be spread on the records of the county board.

Sec. 7. Annual elections-officers.-If the election results are favorable to the readjustment of boundary lines, the county superintendent shall designate as the official time for holding the next annual election the second Monday in June, and all new districts organized under this act shall elect by ballot from their membership a moderator for three years, a director for two years and a treasurer for one year. At the expiration of their respective terms of office and regularly thereafter their several successors shall be elected for a term of three years each, subject to the law governing school district officers organized under Articles I to XXI, Chapter 71, of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska for 1913.

Sec. 8. Transportation of pupils.-The district board of any district organized under this act shall provide for the transportation of pupils of said district living two or more miles by the usual traveled road from the school attended. Said district board is authorized to establish such rules and regula

tions as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this act. At any regular annual school district meeting it shall be lawful for the qualified voters therein by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting to suspend the provision for the district transportation of pupils, and said action shall be confirmed by the county superintendent upon a satisfactory showing that individual arrangements have been made for the necessary transportation of pupils, either without cost to the district, or by per diem allowance for each pupil who lives two miles or more from the school attended.

Sec. 9. District levy. In all counties affected by this act the county board shall make a levy for school purposes of not less than ten nor more than fifteen mills on the assessed valuation of all taxable property within such territory; said levy shall be made before the annual district meetings, and the county superintendent shall report the amount of such levy to each district affected. The proceeds of such levy shall be apportioned by the county superintendent to the various school districts according to the number of teachers employed, and said. amounts shall be paid by the county treasurer to said districts. Each district may vote such additional levy as may be needed to conduct its school; Provided if the county board shall find that a ten mill levy will produce greater funds than could be profitably used then in that case a levy of less than ten mills may be made. The levy provided for in this section shall not be made to cover any territory except the districts that are beneficiaries of the fund raised.

Sec. 10. Grades-subjects.-At least ten grades shall be provided in each school district in which there are six or more qualified pupils desiring to pursue high school subjects in ninth and tenth grades. The course of study may include algebra, geometry, English, farm accounting, elementary science, civics, and the elements of agriculture, manual training and home economics. Reviews also may be given in branches covered by second grade county certificates. When said high schools meet the standards of the state superintendent of public instruction and are approved by him, the credits earned therein shall be accepted by other schools maintaining higher grades and supported by public tax.

Sec. 11. Repealing clause.-All acts or parts of acts in conflict herewith be and the same are hereby repealed.

Approved, April 25, 1917.

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AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a School of Irrigation in Scotts Bluff County.

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Nebraska:

Section 1. Irrigation-school established.-There is hereby established a School of Irrigation in Scotts Bluff County on land to be deeded to the state free of cost, the site to be selected by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. The school shall be under the supervision of said Board of Regents and shall give practical and theoretical instruction in the art of irrigation as applied to agriculture and shall be supported out of the general levy made for the State University.

Approved, March 23, 1917.


(Senate File No. 216.)

[Introduced by Mr. Chappell.]

AN ACT relating to the duties of sheriffs.

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Nebraska:

Section 1. Sheriffs-duty. It shall be the duty of the sheriff by himself or deputy to preserve the peace in his county, to ferret out crime, to apprehend and arrest all criminals, and in so far as it is within his power, to secure evidence of all crimes committed in his county, and present the same to the county attorney and the grand jury; to file informations against all persons who he knows, or has reason to believe, have violated the laws of the state, and to perform all other duties pertaining to the office of sheriff or enjoined upon him by law.

Sec. 2. Report of violations of law. The sheriff shall whenever directed so to do in writing by the county attorney, make special investigation of any alleged infraction of the law

within his county, and report with reference thereto within a reasonable time to such county attorney.

When such investigation is made the sheriff shall file with the county clerk a detailed, sworn statement of his expenses accompanied by the written order of the county attorney and the board shall audit and allow only so much thereof as it shall find reasonable and necessary.

Sec. 3. Act cumulative.-Nothing in this act shall be so construed as to relieve any peace officer from the full and faithful discharge of all the duties now or hereafter enjoined upon him by law.

Approved, April 14, 1917.


(House Roll No. 717.)

[Introduced by Finance, Ways and Means Committee by request of Board of Control.]

AN ACT to provide that a special tax of forty-eight hundredths of one mill upon each dollar of assessed valuation of the grand assessment roll of the state be levied for each of the years 1917 and 1918 for the purpose of creating a special fund for state institutions, to be known as "State Institutions' Improvements' Fund," to be expended by the Board of Commissioners of State Institutions for the use of the several State institutions under the jurisdiction and control of said board, for the purchase of additional lands; the construction, equipment and furnishing of new buildings; the making of permanent improvements to buildings and grounds; the construction, extension and improvement of water, lighting and sewage system, the construction, extension, improvement and equipment of heating and power plants; the construction of switching tracks and facilities; the purchase and installation of laundry, kitchen, industrial, vocational, and scientific equipment and apparatus; and other like purposes, and to declare an emergency.

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Nebraska:

Section 1. State institutions improvement fund-tax-purpose of. That a tax of forty-eight hundredths of one mill upon each dollar of assessed valuation of the grand assessment roll

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