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 for the purpose of maintaining a graded public school in the town of Union, in the County of Union, and in the town of Johnstons, in the County of Edgefield, the County Boards of Examiners of said Counties, respectively, be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a separate school district, having Union Court House and Johnstons, respectively, as the center, and embracing an area of four miles square, the bounds of said district being, respectively, parallel to corporate limits of said towns.
SEC. 2. That said districts shall have such names as the said County Boards of Examiners may select, and shall be bodies politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as are provided for school districts by the school law of South Carolina, approved March 22, 1878.
SEC. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore
granted, the said school districts shall have the power to levy
on all real and personal property returned in said district a
tax not exceeding one and a half mills on the dollar, subject
to the following provisions: The School Trustees of said districts
shall, at any time previous to the 30th of June of each year,
upon the written request of three property holders, issue a call
for a meeting, after one weeks notice, of all those citizens
who return real or personal property in said districts. Such
notice shall specify the time and place of meeting, and be published
in the County newspaper, or be posted in three conspicuous places
in said districts. The persons entitled to vote in said meeting
shall have the power: First, to appoint a Chairman and Secretary;
second, to adjourn from time to time; third, to decide whether,
in addition to the constitutional school tax apportioned to the
use of the schools in said districts, it is deemed expedient
to levy an additional district tax, not to exceed the limit hereinbefore
mentioned, for the pay of teachers salaries, or the building
and improvement of school houses, or for incidental expenses:
Provided, That at least three-fourths of the taxpayers of said
districts shall vote in favor of levying an additional tax for
the purpose mentioned. Only those persons shall vote at such
That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.
That this Act shall take effect from the time of its passage.
Thos. B. Jeter, President Pro Tem. of the Senate.
Approved: December 24, 1879