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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District Lying in Aiken and Barnwell Counties, to be Known as "Edisto River School District."

December 22, 1891

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1891, Pages 1204-1206.

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 a new school district is hereby established from that portion of Aiken and Barnwell Counties to be known as "Edisto River School District," and shall be embraced in the following area: Taking the Edisto River as the northern boundary, Yarrom Branch as the eastern boundary, up to Ready Branch; thence to the head of Ready Branch, and from the head of Ready Branch in a straight line to S. G. B. Webb's mill, on the waters of Pond Branch; thence down Pond Branch to the Edisto River.

Sec. 2. That O. L. Weeks. J. P. Kitching, E. M. Boylston, G. W. Weeks, M. W. Kitching, be and are hereby appointed a Board of Trustees for said school district for the term of one year, and until their successors are appointed by the Superintendent of Education and qualify as such.

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 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 Sehool Commissioner of Aiken County. 5th. To take charge and keep in order all buildings and other property belonging to or used for carrying on the schools of the district herein created, and to purchase or erect new school buildings as they may consider necessary.

Sec. 4. At the expiration of the term of office, and every two years thereafter, the State Superintendent of Education shall appoint five persons resident in said school district as Trustees, and he shall likewise fill any vacancy which may occur in said Board.

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 necessary, or whenever three (3) members of the Board shall in writing request him so to do.

Sec. 7. That the School Commissioners of Aiken and Barnwell Counties shall have jurisdiction only over the schools and educational interests of their respective Counties not comprised within the limits of Edisto River School District.

Sec. 8. That said school district is 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 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 May, 1892, and on or before the same day in each succeeding year, call a meeting in said school district of all the legal voters living in said school district and returning real or personal property therein: 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 said school district, and by publishing the same twice in one of the newspapers having the largest circulation in said school district. The persons answering the above designation, 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 Aiken and Barnwell Counties, respectively, of the amount of the tax thus levied, and the County Auditors shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district, and the County Treasurers of said Counties 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 Treasurers of the Counties of Aiken and 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 Board of Trustees of said school district: Provided, Each of said trustees shall enter into bond in the sum of one hundred dollars conditioned for the faithful performance of his duty.

Sec. 10. All moneys received by the said County Treasurers from the local tax herein shall be protected by the official bond of said Treasurers, and shall be paid out only on the warrant of the 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 22nd, 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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