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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in the County of Darlington, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

December 24, 1883

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1883, Pages 557-560.

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 graded public schools in the town of Florence, and promoting their efficiency, the area embraced in the corporate limits of the town of Florence is hereby declared to be a new school district, to be known as the school district of the town of Florence.

Sec. 2. That the said school district shall be a body politic and corporate with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as are now provided for school districts by the school law of South Carolina.

Sec. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore granted, the said school district shall have the power to levy and collect a tax on the assessed value of all real and personal property returned in said school district, not exceeding two mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The Town Council of the town of Florence shall at any time previous to the first day of June of each year, upon the written request of thirty of the property holders in said school district, issue a call for a meeting, after two weeks, notice, of all those citizens who return real or personal property in said school district. Such notice shall specify the time, place of meeting, and be published in a County newspaper, and be posted in three conspicuous places in said school district. The Town Council of the town of Florence shall cause to be prepared a list of all the voters hereinbefore provided for, a certified copy of which shall be turned over to the Secretary of said meeting. The persons entitled to vote in said meeting shall have power, first, to appoint a Chairman and Secretary; second, to adjourn from time to time; third, to decide whether, in addition to the amount of the Constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said school district, it is deemed expedient to levy an additional tax, not to exceed the limit hereinbefore mentioned, for the pay of teachers, salaries, or the building, furnishing, repairing and improvement of school houses or for incidental expenses; fourth, to elect four School Commissioners, one from each ward, who, together with the Intendant of said town, shall constitute a School Board. Only those persons shall vote at such meetings who are citizens of the State and return real or personal property in said school district. No tax thus levied shall be repealed at any subsequent meeting. It shall be the duty of the Chairman of such meeting to keep a correct record of all the proceedings and to file the same in the office of the Intendant. It shall also be the duty of said Chairman to notify the Town Clerk, within one week, of the amount of tax thus levied, and the said Clerk shall thereupon proceed to assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district. The Town Treasurer shall collect this tax at the time and in the manner provided for collecting the town taxes, and it shall be a lien on all property until paid as is provided for in case of State and County taxes. The proceeds arising from this tax shall be kept separate and be paid out by the Town Treasurer in warrants drawn by said School Commissioner, and the said Treasurer shall be liable to all penalties now prescribed by law for the non-performance or neglect of duty.

Sec. 4. The Town Treasurer shall receive as compensation for his services such reasonable sum, not exceeding one hundred dollars, as said School Board may determine, and before entering into his duties as Treasurer he shall give an official bond in the penal sum of two thousand dollars to the said Board, with two good sureties, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties.

Sec. 5. That the County Treasurer shall hold the Constitutional school tax and poll tax to which the said school district is entitled under the general provision of law, subject to the warrant of the Board of School Commissioners of said school district.

Sec. 6. That the Board of School Commissioners shall have power to assess upon each scholar, as supplementary tuition fees, such sum or sums as may be necessary to meet the expenses of said schools.

Sec. 7. The said Board may assemble at any time and elect a Clerk and Superintendent of Town Schools, whose duties and compensation shall be prescribed by the said Board: Provided, That no member of the Board of School Commissioners shall be eligible to any office within the provisions of this Act. The said Board shall have the following powers and duties: 1. To discharge the same duties in the town which are required of School Trustees in the Counties. 2. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the schools. 3. To cause examinations to be made of teachers for the town schools. 4. To elect and dismiss Superintendents and teachers, prescribe their duties and term of office, and to make rules for the government of the schools. 5. To fill vacancies occurring in the Board by death, resignation, departure from the State or refusal to qualify. 6. To establish, when expedient, a Normal School Department, and to grant diplomas in the said department which shall entitle the parties holding the same to become teachers in the public schools. 7. To make, if required, an annual report to the Superintendent of Education. 8. To determine the manner in which the tax hereinbefore provided for shall be expended in maintaining the town schools.

Sec. 8. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

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

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

Approved: December 24th, A.D. 1883.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.

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