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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in Abbeville County, and to Authorize the Issue of Bonds by Said School District, and the Levy of a Local Tax Therein.

December 18, 1891

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1891, Pages 1198-1200.

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 for the purpose of establishing and maintaining public free schools in the town of Abbeville, the territory included in the corporate limits of said town, be and the same is hereby declared to be a separate School District.

Sec. 2. That W. A. Templeton, F. B. Gary, J. F. Miller. J. T. Robertson, J. G. Edwards. J. C. Klugh, J. W. Sign, R. M. Haddon, W. O. Bradley, and their successors in office, to be elected under the provisions of this Act, be and they are hereby constituted a Board of Trustees for said School District.

Sec. 3. That said School District shall be known as the School District of the Town of Abbeville, and shall be a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges, and liabilities as provided for School District by the school law of South Carolina, approved March 22, A. D. 1878.

Sec. 4. That the said School District of the Town of Abbeville is hereby permitted and authorized to issue twelve thousand dollars of seven per cent, bonds, of the denomination of one hundred dollars, for the purpose of purchasing lots and erecting one or more school buildings in the town of Abbeville: Provided, That a majority of the qualified electors of said School District voting, shall be in favor of issue to be expressed in an election to be held for that purpose.

Sec. 5. That the Trustees of said School District, provided for in this Act are hereby required to give three weeks' notice by advertisement in the newspapers at Abbeville, of such election, to be held on the fourth Tuesday of January, A. D. 1892, and they shall appoint the managers, receive the returns and declare the result of said election.

Sec. 6. That the said School District of the Town of Abbeville is hereby declared to be a body corporate, for the purpose of issuing said bonds, and when issued they shall be signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees; shall run for a period of thirty years, and they shall constitute a first lien upon all property bought or erected for school purposes from their proceeds. That said bonds shall not be taxable for State, County or Municipal purposes.

Sec. 7. That for the purpose of paying the interest on said bonds and the principal, when due, it shall be the duty of the County Auditor of the County of Abbeville, or such other officer as may be charged with the assessment of taxes, to compute annually the amount necessary to be raised, and to levy the same upon the real and personal property in said School District, and the amount so levied shall be collected by the County Treasurer of the County of Abbeville, and held by him for the purpose of paying the said interest, or principal, if any be due, and shall be issued for no other purpose whatever.

Sec. 8. That for the purpose of defraying the expenses of said school herein provided for, it shall be the duty of the County Auditor upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees, to assess upon the property returned for taxation within the corporate limits of said school district, an annual tax of not more than two mills to be collected annually for a period of five years by the County Treasurer of Abbeville County, which when collected shall be paid as hereinafter directed: Provided, That a majority of the qualified electors of said school district voting shall be in favor of said tax, to be expressed by ballot at the election herein provided, for the issue of bonds, and that such compensation as the said Trustees think proper shall be paid to the County Auditor and Treasurer for the services herein required of them.

Sec. 9. That the Trustees herein provided for shall have exclusive control of the free schools in said school district, and 'shall be invested with all the powers of school trustees under the general school law.

Sec. 10. All assessed and collected for school purposes shall be paid out by the County Treasurer for salaries and other purposes upon the warrant of the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and all school funds arising from the poll tax, the constitutional school tax and from any and all other public sources, applicable to said school district, shall be paid out by the said Treasurer in like manner and upon a like warrant.

Sec. 11. That said Board of Trustees shall at the close of each scholastic year make a full report of all their transactions pertaining to the conduct of the school for the preceding year, at a public meeting called for that purpose when it shall be lawful for the legally qualified electors to elect a Board of Trustees for the ensuing year: Provided, That the Board of Trustees herein provided shall continue in office until the end of the scholastic year in 1893. That the Board of Trustees are empowered to fill vacancies in the said Board less than one year.

Sec. 12. That this Act shall be deemed a Public Act, and shall become of force immediately upon its approval.

Approved December 18th, 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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