In the cities of Providence and Cranston the school committee of each city shall employ the superintendent and teachers, have charge and custody of all school buildings and school property, manage and regulate the schools, and draw all orders for the payment of their expenses from the money appropriated by the city council for the support of public schools; provided, that the city council of each city shall have the expenditure of all sums appropriated for the purchase of land for school purposes or for the improvement of the land or for the construction or repair of school buildings.
(P.L. 1896, ch. 420, § 2; G.L. 1909, ch. 73, § 6; P.L. 1915, ch. 1192, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 77, § 6; G.L. 1938, ch. 178, § 33; G.L. 1956, § 16-2-25.)