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An Act Concerning the Free Schools.

December 19, 1835

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Pages 529-530

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That any person hereafter appointed, by the Legislature or the Board, a commissioner of free schools, who refuses to serve, shall be fined the sum of twenty dollars, to be recovered, for the use of the free schools of the district or parish, before any justice of the peace; provided, however, that no person shall be compelled to serve more than three years in six.

II. Be it further enacted, That any commissioner of free schools who, being notified thereof, shall neglect, without a sufficient excuse, to be allowed by the board, to attend a regular or special meeting of the board, shall be fined the sum of five dollars, which shall be recovered and applied in the manner expressed in the first section.

III. Be it further enacted, That on or before the first day of March next, the commissioners of free schools, in their respective districts and parishes, shall divide the district or parish into as many school divisions as in their discretion they may deem best; provided, that the number of school divisions shall not be less than the number of schools, if there be as many schools as commissioners, in the district or parish.

IV. B. it further enacted, That one commissioner shall he appointed by the board, to superintend each of said school divisions, who shall be liable to the penalties hereinafter imposed for neglect of duty in respect of the schools under his charge.

V. Be it further enacted, That the board of commissioners in any district or parish, shall not employ a teacher until he shall have been first examined by the board, and found qualified for that duty.

VI. Be it further enacted, That each board of commissioners shall nominate and appoint three trustees to each school in their respective districts and parishes, whose duty it shall be, with the commissioner of the school division, to supervise the school submitted to their care, and recommend applicants for admission.

VII. Be it further enacted, That the commissioner of each school division, for neglect or abuse of the powers and duties entrusted to him by law, shall be liable to indictment, and, on conviction, shall be fined an amount not less than twenty dollars nor more than fifty dollars; And that for neglect of the powers and duties intrusted by law to the board of commissioners, they shall be liable to indictment; and, on conviction of one or more of said commissioners, he or they shall be severally fined a sum not less than twenty nor more than fifty dollars,

In the Senate House, the nineteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five, and in the sixtieth year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.

H. DEAS, President of the Senate.
PATRICK NOBLE, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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