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An Act to Create a New School District Within the Township of Blackville, in Barnwell County, to be Known as "The Blackville School District," and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

December 23, 1890

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1890, Pages 801-804.

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 Barnwell County lying within the following boundary lines, to wit: Two lines North and South respectively of the South Carolina Railroad, running parallel to the aforesaid railroad as it passes the passenger station of the said railroad at Blackville, two and one-half miles each from the aforesaid station, and running two and one-half miles East and West respectively from a line running through the aforesaid station at right angles to the aforesaid railroad; also two lines East and West respectively of a line running through the aforesaid station at right angles to the aforesaid road, running parallel to the aforesaid line, and at a distance of two and one-half miles each from the said line, as aforesaid, be, and is hereby, constituted a new School District, to be known as the "Blackville Graded School District."

Sec. 2. That C. C. Rush, J. H. E. Milhouse, Rev. W. D. McMillan, J. J. Wessinger, W. J. Martin, P. W. Farrell, J. P. Strobel, C. H. Mathis and I. P. Still, and their successors, to be elected by the stockholders of the Blackville 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 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. 2d. To determine the studies and class books to be used in 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. 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 School Commissioner of Barnwell 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 three (3) members of the Board shall, in writing, request him to do so.

Sec. 6. That the School Commissioner of Barnwell 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 Blackville Graded School District."

Sec. 7. That said School District is also hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in said School District 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 January, 1891, and on or before the same day in each succeeding year, call a meeting in said School District of all the freeholders 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 ten (10) 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 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 said meeting shall, within one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of said Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of Barnwell 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 processes and penalties as are State and County taxes.

Sec. 8. The County Treasurer of the County of Barnwell 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 shall be protected by the official bond of said Treasurer, and shall 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 or 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 in full force immediately after the date of its passage.

Approved December 23d, A.D. 1890.

Benjamin R. Tillman, Governor.
Eugene B. Gary, President of the Senate and Lt. Governor.
Ira B. Jones, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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