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An Act for the Establishment of a New School District in the County of Edgefield, to be Known as the Centennial School District, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

December 22, 1888

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1888, Pages 157-159.

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 the areas embraced in the following boundaries, to wit: On the north, by Big Creek; on the east, by Huiet Township and Little Saluda River; south, by Red Bank Creek, up to the mouth of Attaway Branch, above the bridge on the Chappell Ferry Road, and thence a straight line to where the Portlaw Branch runs into Big Creek, with Centennial Academy as its centre, be, and the same is, created a special school district, to be known as Centennial School District.

Sec. 2. That the said district shall be a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, and privileges and liabilities, as are provided for school district by the school law of South Carolina, approved March 22d, 1878.

Sec. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges, hereinbefore granted, the said school district shall have power to levy on all real and personal property returned in said district a tax not exceeding three mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The School Trustees of said district shall at any time previous to the first of January of each year, upon the written request of five of the property holders, issue a call for a public meeting (after two weeks, notice) of all those citizens who return real or personal property in said district, and such notice posted in three public places in said district for at least two weeks before such meeting, and shall specify the time and place and object of said meeting.

Sec. 4. That when the persons answering the above description shall have assembled in public meeting, they shall have power: First. To select a Chairman and Secretary, adjourn from time to time, decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied, and appropriate the same in such manner as they may think best for the educational interest of the said school district: Prvided, That no tax thus levied shall be repealed at any subsequent meeting within the same year. Second. That they shall also select a board of five trustees for said school district, resident within the limits of the said school district, whose term of office shall be for two years from the date of election, and who in addition to the duties and responsibilities now provided by law for trustees of school districts, shall have the following powers and duties: 1st. To purchase or erect suitable buildings for the use of public schools of said school district. 2d. To elect and dismiss superintendents and teachers of said school district, prescribe their duties, terms of office, and fix their salaries, and to cause an examination of said teachers to be made whenever necessary, also to determine the class of books and studies to be used in said schools, and to make rulus and regulations for government of said school. 3d. To determine the manner in which the tax heretofore authorized (and the two mill and Constitutional poll tax provided by law), shall be expended in maintaining said public schools; and, 4th. To fill all vacancies occurring in said Board of Trustees by death, resignation, removal, or otherwise, during their term of office, or service. That 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 Board of Trustees for said school district, and the Auditor of said County, of the amount of taxes thus levied, and how it has been appropriated, 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 shall collect the same with the State and County taxes, and such tax shall be a lien on all property until paid, and defaulting tax payers shall be liable to like process and penalties as defaulters for County and State taxes. Also, that money collected from said tax levy, and the Constitutional poll tax, and two mllls 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, countersigned by the County School Commissioner. And said Treasurer shall be liable to the said school district for the non-performance of his duty in respect to said money, in the same manner and to the same extent, and under like penalties, as for non-performance of his duties in reference to the State and County taxes. Provided, That the School Commissioner of said County, and the trustees of said school district, be, and they are hereby, authorized to apply, for the fiscal year commencing November 1st, 1888, so much of money as may be necessary for the purchase and erection of suitable buildings for said public schools.

Sec. 5. That the School Trustees now in charge of school district No.____, of Edgefield County, are hereby authorized and rdrequested to act until the election of the trustees provided for in this Act.

Sec. 6. That this Act shall take effect from the date of its passage, and all Acts, or parts of Acts, inconsistent with this Act, be, and the same arc hereby, repealed.

Approved December 22d, A.D. 1888.

John P. Richardson, Governor.
William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate and Lt. Governor.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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