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An Act to Create Two School Districts of Those Portions of Berkeley and Colleton Counties, Respectively, Within the Corporate Limits of the Town of Summerville.

December 24, 1884

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1884, Pages 824-826.

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 those portions of Berkeley and Colleton Counties lying within the corporate limits of the town of Summerville be, and the same are hereby, created special school districts in the respective Counties.

SEC. 2. That T. W. Stanland, W. George Gibbs, B. A. Muckenfuss, W. A. Gammell, Jennings Perry, W. J. Vardell, and W. S. Hastie, and their successors, to be appointed under the provisions of this Act, be, and the same are hereby, constituted a Board of Trustees for each of said school districts.

SEC. 3. That the said Board of Trustees shall have the following powers and duties: 1st. To discharge the duties of School Trustees, and to have all the powers, privileges, rights, and liabilities now possessed by and pertaining to School Trustees. 2nd. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the schools of said districts. 3rd. To elect and dismiss the teachers, to prescribe their duties and term of oflice, and to make rules for the government of the schools. 4th. To make an annual report of the schools in these districts to the Superintendent of Education on or before the first day of October in each year, to be forwarded through the office of the School Commissioner of Berkeley County. 5th. To take in charge and keep in order all buildings and other property belonging to or used for carrying on the schools of the districts herein created.

SEC. 4. That all vacancies that may occur from any cause whatever in the Board of Trustees shall be filled by appointment, to be made by the State Superintendent of Education, whenever the same shall be reported to him by the School Commissioners, or a majority of them.

SEC. 5. That the Board of Trustees shall elect from its members a Chairman, and also a Secretary and Treasurer.

SEC. 6. That the Chairman shall call meetings of the Board whenever in his judgment it is necessary, or whenever three (3) members of the Board shall in writing request him so to do.

SEC. 7. That the School Commissioners of Berkeley and Colleton Counties shall have jurisdiction only over the schools and educational interests of their respective Counties not comprised within the corporate limits of the town of Summerville.

SEC. 8. The said school districts are also hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in their districts respectively a local tax not exceeding two (2) mills on the dollar in any one year to supplement the general tax for the support of schools, by the persons and in the mode following, to wit: The said Board of Trustees, if they deem it expedient, shall on or before the fifteenth day of February, 1885, and or before the same day in each succeeding year, call a meeting in either or both of said school districts, respectively, of all the legal voters living in each of the above named school districts and returning real or personal property therein: Provided, That public notice of said meetings, specifying the time. place, and object, shall be given at least ten days before said meeting, by posting the same in three conspicuous places in the said school districts, and by publishing the same at least twice in one of the newspapers having the largest circulation in said school districts. The persons answering the above designations, when thus assembled, shall appoint a Chairman and also a Secretary, adjourn from time to time, and decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied. No tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting held within the same fiscal year. The Chairman of said meeting shall, within one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of said Board of Trustees and the County Auditors of Berkeley and Colleton Counties, respectively, of the amount of the tax thus levied, and the County Auditors, respectively, shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district, and the County Treasurers, respectively, shall collect said tax with the other taxes for the same year, and said tax shall be liable to like process and penalties as defaulters for State and County taxes.

SEC. 9. The County Treasurer of the County of Berkeley and the County Treasurer of the County of Colleton shall hold all moneys arising from the constitutional school tax and poll tax to which each or either of said school districts may be entitled under the general provisions of law, or under the provisions of this Act, subject to the warrant of the Board of Trustees of the respective school districts.

SEC. 10. All moneys received by the County Treasurers from the local taxes herein shall be protected by the official bonds of said Treasurers, and shall be paid out only on the warrants of the said Board of Trustees of the said school districts.

SEC.11. That all Acts or 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-four.

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

Approved: December 2th, A.D. 1884.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.

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