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An Act to Create a School District of that Portion of Barnwell County Lying Within the Corporate Limits of the Town of Williston.

December 24, 1888

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1888, Pages 123-125.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre sentatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That that portion of Barnwell County lying within the corporate limits of the town of Williston be, and the same is hereby, created a special school district in said County, to be known as the "Williston Graded School District."

Sec. 2. That T. F. S. Weathersbee, W. C. Smith, A. M. Weathersbee, J. C. Hair, B. L. Nixon, W. H. Kennedy, D. W. Key, and their successors, to be elected by the stockholders of the Williston Graded School Association, and thereupon appointed by the Superintendent of Education, be, and the same are hereby, constituted a Board of Trustees for said school district.

Sec. 3. That the said Board of Trustees so elected shall have the following powers and duties: First. 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. Second. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the schools of said school district. Third. To elect and dismiss the teachers, to fix their salaries, to prescribe their duties and terms of office, and to make rules for the government of the schools. Fourth. 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 bo forwarded through the office of the School Commissioner of Barnwell County. Fifth. To take in charge and keep in order all buildings and other property belonging to, or used for carrying on, the schools in the district herein created.

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

Sec. 5. That the Chairman shall call meetings of the Board whenever in his judgment necessary, or when two members request him in writing.

Sec. 6. That the School Commissioner of Barnwell County shall have jurisdiction only over the schools and educational interest of his County, not comprised within the corporate limits of the said new school district hereby created under the name of the Williston Graded School District.

Sec. 7. That said school district is hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in said school district a local tax not exceeding two and a half (2-1/2) 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 necessary, shall, on or before the fifth day of January, 1889, and on or before the same day of each succeeding year, call a meeting in said school district of all legal voters living in 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 fifteen days before said meeting by posting the same in three conspicuous places in said school district, and by publishing the same at least twice in one of the County papers having the largest circulation in said school district. The persons answering the above designations, when thus assembled, shall appoint a Chairman and also a Secretary, and ad journ from time to time, and decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied. No tax thus levied shall be repealed at any subsequent meeting of the same fiscal year. The Chairman of said meeting, within ten days thereafter, shall notify the Chairman of said Board of Trustees, and the County Auditor in writing, 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 said tax with the other taxes for the same year, and said tax shall be liable to like process and penalties as are State and County taxes.

Sec. 8. The County Treasurer of Barnwell County shall hold all moneys arising from the constitutional school tux 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 the said School District.

Sec. 9. All moneys received by the Treasurer of Barnwell County from the local tax in said School District herein shall be protected by the official bond of the said Treasurer of Barnwell County, and shall only be paid out on the warrant of the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of said School District.

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

Approved December 24th, 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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