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An Act to Provide a Form of Government for the South Carolina Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind, and for Other Purposes.

December 20, 1878

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1878, Pages 706-708.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the Governor shall appoint four persons, three of whom shall reside in Spartanburg County, who, with the Superintendent of Education, shall constitute a Board of Commissioners for the South Carolina Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind; the Governor to have power to remove for cause at any time, and to fill vacancies that may occur in said Board of Commissioners.

SEC. 2. The said Board of Commissioners are hereby vested with the supervision and control of affairs and government of said institution, with power to regulate salaries of officers and teachers, to establish conditions, forms and regulations for the admission of pupils to the institution, and to prescribe such rules and by-laws, in conformity to this Act, as they, in their judgment, shall deem necessary for the management and good government of said institution.

SEC. 3. The Superintendent of said institution shall be elected by said Board of Commissioners, and shall be the immediate executive head of the institution, and shall be responsible to the Board of Commissioners.

SEC. 4. The Superintendent shall nominate all his subordinate officers and teachers, subject to the approval of the Board of Commissioners; he shall be the official medium of communication between the Board and said subordinate officers and employees; shall make all regulations of internal police; shall authorize the purchase of ordinary supplies, and shall examine and certify to the correctness of all bills of such supplies.

SEC. 5. The said Board of Commissioners shall meet as soon as practicable after the passage of this Act at Cedar Spring, in Spartanburg County, and proceed to take charge of said institution; to elect a Chairman and Secretary from their number, and shall meet annually thereafter on first Wednesday in August at the institution, and at such other times and places as the Chairman of the Board shall direct. Said Board of Commissioners shall receive no compensation for their services.

SEC. 6. The said Board of Commissioners shall have power to draw the annual appropriations as made by the Legislature for the support and maintenance of said institution, and shall annually report to the Legislature a statement of their various acts and doings during the past year, showing exactly how they disbursed the money received and expended, and file vouchers covering same in the office of the Comptroller General.

SEC. 7. That all deaf mutes and blind of the State who are of proper age and mental capacity (each case to be decided by the Board of Commissioners) shall be admitted to the benefits of the institution.

SEC. 8. The whole or part of the expenses of the several applicants shall be paid, according to the opinion which the Commissioners may form as to the pecuniary condition of the applicants; and in case of more applications than would exhaust the annual appropriation, the Commissioners shall make selection according to their opinion of the deserts of the various applicants.

SEC. 9. The sum which shall be allowed for the board, tuition and all incidental expenses of one deaf and dumb or blind person for one year (except traveling expenses, clothing and medical attendance) shall not exceed one hundred and fifty dollars; and as to the expenses excepted, the Commissioners shall take care to place them upon the most economical scale.

SEC. 10. That all Acts and parts of Acts heretofore passed in relation to said institution are hereby repealed.

Thos. B. Jeter, President Pro Tem. of the Senate.
J. C. Sheppard, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Wade Hampton, III, Governor.

Approved: December 20, 1878

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