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An Act to Provide a New School District in Colleton County, to be Known as Ridgeville School District, and to Provide for the Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

December 16, 1891

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1891, Pages 1327-1329.

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 Colleton County generally known as Ridgeville, and bounded on the north by Four Hole Swamp and County line between Colleton and Berkeley County, on the east by Cypress Swamp, crossing Beach Hill road at three-mile post, thence on to Carter's road at intersection of Captain's Creek; thence west to where new road crosses Four Hole Swamp, be, and the same is hereby, created a special school district in said County, to be known as Ridgeville School District, which school district shall extend for one and one-half mile east, three miles south, two miles west, and three miles north.

Sec. 2. That G. L. Muckenfuss, R. Owens, D. E. Throneer, A. H. Mood, and E. R. Riggs, and their successors, to be appointed under the provisions of this Act, 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 the schools of said district. 3d. To elect and dismiss the teachers, 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 day of October in each year, to be forwarded through the office of the School Commissioner of Colleton County. 5th. To take in charge and keep in order all buildings and other property belonging to or used for carrying on the schools for the district herein created.

Sec 4. That all vacancies that might occur from any cause whatever in the Board of Trustees shall be filled by appointment, to be made by the State Superintendent of Education, whenever the same shall be reported to him by the School Commissioner of Colleton County.

Sec 5. That the Board of Trustees shall elect from its members a Chairman and also a Secretary and Treasurer.

Sec. 6. That the Chairman shall call meetings of the Board, whenever in his judgment it is nccessary, or whenever two members of the Board shall, in writing, request him to do so.

Sec. 7. That the School Commissioner of Colleton County shall have no jurisdiction over the schools and educational interests of the said Ridgeville School District.

Sec. 8. That said School District is also hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in said 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 first day of .March, 1892, and on or before the same day in each succeeding, call a meeting in said School District of all the owners of real and personal property living in above named School District and returning real or personal property therein of the value of one hundred dollars and over: Provided, That public notice of said meeting, 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 Sehool District, and by publishing the same at least twice in the newspaper 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 Chairmain of said meeting shall, within one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of said Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of Colleton 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 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. 9. The County Treasurer of the County of Colleton shall hold all moneys arising from the constitutional school tax and poll tax to which said Sehool District might be entitled under the general provisions of law, or under the provisions of this Act, subject to the warrant of the Board of Trustees of said School District.

Sec. 10. 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 Board of Trustees of the said School District.

Sec. 11. That all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Approved December 16th, A.D. 1891.

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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