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An Act to Provide for the Establishment and Maintenance of Public Schools in School District No. 11, Known as Socastee, in Horry County, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

December 19, 1887

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1887, Pages 1039-1041.

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 School District No. 11, in Horry County, shall hereafter be known as Socastee School District, and shall be a body politic and corporate, with such rights, privileges and liabilities as are provided for School Districts by the school laws of South Carolina, approved March 22, 1878.

Sec. 2. That in addition to the rights and privileges heretofore granted, the said School District shall have power to levy on all real and personal property returned in said District a tax not exceeding five mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The School Trustees of the said District shall at any time they may deem expedient, previous to the 30th day of June of each year, issue a call for a public meeting of all citizens who return real or personal property for taxation in said District, and shall publish a notice of the time, place and object of such meeting in a newspaper published within said County of Horry, and also at three public places within said School District, for at least two weeks before such meeting.

Sec. 3. When the persons answering the above description shall have assembled in public meeting they shall have the power to select a Chairman and Secretary, to adjourn from time to time, and to decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied: Provided, That no tax thus levied shall be repealed or changed within the same year: Provided, further, That not less than thirty of the taxpayers of said School District shall constitute a quorum to transact the business herein provided.

Sec. 4. That the County Board of Examiners of Horry County are hereby authorized and required to appoint a Board of five Trustees for said School District, who shall hold office for two years from their appointment, and until their successors shall be appointed, and all vacancies in the Board of Trustees shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Examiners.

Sec. 5. The said Trustees, or a majority of them, in addition to the duties and powers now provided by law for Trustees of School Districts, shall have the following powers and duties: (1) To locate the schools in said District and to consolidate the four public schools which are nearest to the Socastee Academy at the said academy, and they shall appropriate no less than one-third of the money raised in said School District by said tax to the maintenance of said academic school, and in the appointment of said Trustees three of them shall be chosen from different parts of the territory outside of that embraced by the aforesaid four public schools and two of them from within the same. (2.) They shall have power to regulate the rates of tuition necessary to supplement the funds raised by taxation, so as to maintain the said academic school for the full school year of forty weeks. (3.) To apportion the tax among the remaining schools of the said School District, according to the regular school law, and to determine the number and location of said last named schools, employ teachers, and do everything needful to the proper appropriation of the two-thirds of said tax funds applicable to these last named schools.

Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of the Chairman and Secretary of said public meeting, within one week after said meeting has been held, to notify the Chairman of the said Board of Trustees of said School District and the Auditor of the County of the amount of the tax thus levied, and the Auditor shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said School District, and the County Treasurer shall collect the same with the State and County taxes, and such tax shall be a lien on all property until paid, and defaulting taxpayers shall be liable to like process and penalties as defaulters for State and County taxes.

Sec. 7. The money collected from such tax levy, the poll tax, and the portion of the Constitutional two mill tax to which the said District is entitled under the general provisions of the law shall be held by the County Treasurer and paid out on warrants drawn by the Trustees of said School District, and said Treasurer shall be liable to said School District for the non-performance of his duty in respect to said money in same manner and to same extent, and under like penalties, as for non-performance of his duty in respect to State and County taxes.

Sec. 8. In case of a failure in any year to levy the special tax herein provided for, the said School District and schools therein shall be subject to the law of force before the passage of this Act, or the general school law of the State, but this Act shall remain in force from year to year, so as to allow the enforcement of its provisions by the levy of the special tax herein provided for at each succeeding year after such failure.

Sec. 9. All Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

In the Senate House, the seventeenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven.

William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 19th, A.D. 1887.
John P. Richardson, Governor.

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