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An Act to Create a New School District Within People's Township of Brunson, in Hampton County, to be Known as the Brunson Graded School District, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

December 24, 1887

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1887, Pages 1035-1037.

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 that portion of Hampton County lying within the following boundary lines, to wit: A line beginning at the Coosawhatchie Swamp, on the line between Barnwell and Hampton Counties, thence along that line to Jackson's Branch, and down Jackson's Branch to the fork of Jackson's Branch and Corker Swamp, and from thence in a straight line to Cedar Branch, where it crosses the Port Royal and Augusta Railway, and along the Cedar Branch to its junction with Coosawhatchie Swamp, and up Coosawhatchie Swamp to the point of beginning, on the Barnwell and Hampton County line, be, and is hereby, constituted a new School District, to be known as the Brunson Graded School District.

Sec. 2. That B. S. Williams, W. P. Hogarth, L. F. Hughes, G. M. Bowers, H. M. Ulmer, J. T. Rowse, T. W. Williams, B. R. Lewis, W. E. Brunson, J. W. Mole and J. P. Lovett be, and the same are hereby, constituted a Board of Trustees for the Brunson Graded School District, and their successors to be elected by the said Board of Trustees and thereupon appointed by the Superintendent of Education.

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 lia bilities now possessed by and pertaining to School Trustees. 2d. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the schools of said District. 3d. To elect and dismiss the teachers, to fix their salaries, to prescribe their duties and term of office, and to make rules for the government of the schools not inconsistent with the general school laws. 4th. To make an annual report of the schools in this District to the Superintendent of Education on or before the first Monday in October in each year, to be forwarded through the office of the School Commissioner of Hampton 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 District herein created.

Sec. 4. That the Board of Trustees shall elect from its members a Chairman and also a Secretary and Treasurer.

Sec. 5. That the Chairman shall call meetings of the Board whenever in his judgment it is necessary, or whenever 3 members of the Board shall in writing request him to do so. That the School Commissioner of Hampton County shall have jurisdiction only over the schools and educational interests of his County not comprised within the corporate limits of the said new School District hereby created under the name of the Brunson Graded School District.

[The Original does not include Sec. 6. Perhaps it was numbered incorrectly from day 1]

Sec. 7. That the said School District is also hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in the said School District a local tax not exceeding two 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 15th day of January, 1888, and on or before the same day in each succeeding year, call a meeting in the said School District of all the legal voters living in the above named School District 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 District and by publishing the same at least twice in one of the newspapers having the largest circulation in the said School District. 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 within the same fiscal year. The Chairman of the said meeting shall, within one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of said Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of Hampton County, respectively, of the amount of the tax thus levied, and the County Auditor shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said School District, and the County Treasurer of said County shall collect such tax with the other taxes for the same year, and said tax shall be liable to like process and penalty as are State and County taxes.

Sec. 8. The County Treasurer of the County of Hampton shall hold all moneys arising from the Constitutional school tax and poll tax to which said School District may be entitled under the general provisions of law or under the provisions of this Act, subject to the warrant of the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of said School District.

Sec. 9. All moneys received by the County Treasurer from the local tax herein and liquor license tax shall be protected by the official bond of said Treasurer, and shall, except so much as is payable to the County, be paid out only on the warrant of the said Treasurer of said Board of Trustees of the said School District.

Sec. 10. That, all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Sec. 11. This Act shall be deemed a Public Act, and shall take effect and be of full force immediately after the date of its passage.

In the Senate House, the twenty-fourth 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 24th, A.D. 1887.
John P. Richardson, Governor.

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