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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in Union County, 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 637-639.

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 Union and promoting their efficiency, the area embraced in the corporate limits of the town of Union, in the County of Union, having Union Court House as the centre, and embracing an area of four miles square, is hereby declared to be a new school district, to be known as the school district of the town of Union, the bounds of which to be parallel to the corporate limits of said town.

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 assessed value of all real and personal property returned in said school district not exceeding two mills on the dollar, subject to the following provision: The Town Council of the town of Union 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 Auditor of Union County 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. A majority of the persons entitled to vote in said meeting shall have power: First, to appoint a Chairman and Secretary; second, to adjourn from time; third, to decide whether, in addition to the amount of the constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said 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 two School Commissioners, who, together with the Intendant of said town, shall constitute a School Board. The said School Board shall have the following powers and duties: 1. To discharge the same duties in the town which are required of School Trustees in Counties. 2. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the town school. 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 make an annual report to the Superintendent of Education through the School Commissioner of Union County. 6. To erect suitable buildings for the public schools; to take in charge and keep in order all buildings and property used for school purposes belonging to the said town. 7. To determine the manner in which the tax hereinbefore provided for shall be expended in maintaining the town schools: Provided, That no member of the Board of School Commissioners shall be eligible to any salaried office within the provisions of this Act. 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 said Auditor within one week of the amount of tax thus levied, and the Clerk shall thereupon proceed to assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district. The Treasurer shall collect this tax at the time and in the manner provided for collecting the State and County 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 Treasurer of Union County on warrants drawn by said School Commissioners, 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 said Treasurer shall receive for his services such reasonable sum, not exceeding fifty 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 said County Treasurer shall hold the Constitutional school tax and poll tax to which the said school district is entitled under the general provisions of law, subject to the warrant of the Board of School Commissioners of said school district.

Sec. 6. That the School Commissioner of Union County and the Board of Trustees of School District No. 11 of said County shall continue to exercise within the said school district all the powers and discharge all the duties of said School Commissioner and of School Trustees now provided by law until the Board of School Commissioners provided for in this Act shall enter upon the discharge of its duties.

Sec. 7. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act 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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