Section 37. First. In general, the school directors or trustees, or other similar officers, are authorized to employ teachers in the manner prescribed by law.18

Second. They have the power to adopt and enforce appropriate and reasonable rules and regulations for the government and management of the schools under their control.19

Third. They may take lands devised to them in trust for public schools.20

Fourth. Section 26, of Art, 5, of the school law of Illinois provides, that it shall be the duty of the board of directors of each district to direct what branches of study shall be taught, and what text books shall be used in the several courses, and to enforce uniformity of text books and that they shall not permit text books to be changed oftener than once in four years.

17 43 Ark., 140.

18 Crawfordsville vs. Hayes, 42 Ind., 200.

19 Board of Education vs. Bolton, 85 III. App., 95. 20 Trustees of Schools vs. Petefish, 181 III., 255.

Fifth. They are usually vested with the power of making contracts in relation to school purposes.

Sixth. In many states, they are empowered to borrow money for certain purposes and to issue bonds for the indebtedness.21

Seventh. Under the statutes of the various states, it is generally the duty and right of the Board of Trustees or Directors, or other designated officers, to take care of, manage and control all school property, and they have the power to provide school houses by building, purchasing or hiring the same.22

Eighth. School directors are usually authorized to levy a tax annually for the maintenance of free schools within their district.23

Ninth. They may take land for school sites by the power of eminent domain, without the consent of the owner, if damages therefor are paid or tendered him.

21 Folsom vs. School Directors, 91 III., 402. Many states impose constitutional, or statutory provisions upon such powers. 155 Ind., 186; 98 Iowa, 639; 12 South Dakota, 535.

22 Alderman vs. School Directors, 91 III., 179; School Directors vs. The People, 186 III., 331.

23 Lawrence vs. Traver, 136 III., 474.

School buildings are exempted from the operation of mechanic's liens. 9 Ind. App., 563;

Board of Education vs. Neid-enberger, 78 III., 58.