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Act to Reorganize the School Board of the City of Charleston and to Give it the Power of Providing a Liberal Education to Meritorious Pupils.

December 21, 1882

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1882, Pages 27-29.

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 city of Charleston is hereby divided into six School Districts, the First District to comprise Wards One (1) and Two, (2); the Second District to comprise Wards Three (3) and Four, (4); the Third District to comprise Wards Five (5) and Six, (6); the Fourth District to comprise Wards Seven (7) and Eight, (8); the Fifth District to comprise Wards Nine (9) and Ten, (10); the Sixth District to comprise Wards Eleven (11) and Twelve, (12), of said city. At every general municipal election in the city of Charleston there shall be elected bv the legal voters of each of the said six School Districts respectively one School Commissioner, and the six School Commissioners so elected, together with the School Commissioners to be appointed for the same term by the Governor, upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the High School of Charleston, and two School Commissioners to be appointed for the same term by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston, shall constitute the School Board for the city of Charleston, and shall be invested with all the powers and perform all the duties and in every respect be governed by the laws now existing respecting the School Board of the city of Charleston, as heretofore constituted.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the said School Board, and they are hereby authorized and empowered, to select from the public schools, the school of the German School Association of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Central School, by competitive examnation, such meritorious boys as may desire to secure the privilege of a more liberal education and are otherwise unable to secure the same and recommend them to be received into the High School of Charleston under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the said Board of Trustees of the High School of Charleston. And the said School Board is further authorized and empowered to pay the regular annual tuition fees, and no more, for such pupils so recommended as may be received into said High School and maintain such a standard as is required therein, which said tuition fees shall be paid out of the fund to which the Charleston School District is entitled out of the amount raised by the city of Charleston, and not out of the Constitutional two mill tax.

Sec. 3. The pupils so admitted into the High School of Charleston as shall, upon graduation, be recommended by the School Board for the city of Charleston for proficiency in said High School shall be entitled to the free honorary scholarships in the College of Charleston provided for such purpose by the Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston, such scholarships to be held under the rules and regulations prescribed by the Trustees of the College of Charleston.

Sec. 4. For the further promotion of the liberal education of the youth of the State, the said School Board is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint the beneficiaries of the scholarships to which the County of Charleston may be entitled in either branch of the State University.

Sec. 5. The present School Board of the city of Charleston shall continue to exercise the same powers and perform the same duties heretofore exercised and performed by them until the Board herein provided for shall be selected and organized.

Sec. 6. All Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed.

In the Senate House, the twenty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two.

John C. Sheppard, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 21st, A.D. 1882.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.



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