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An Act to Authorize the County Board of Examiners of Newberry County to Use Unexpended School Funds for the Purpose of Redistricting the County, and Providing Certain Regulations in Regard to the New Districts.

December 23, 1891

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1891, Pages 1426-1427.

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 the County Board of Examiners of Newberry County be, and the same are hereby, directed to have said County surveyed into such school districts as the said Board of Examiners shall decide best lor the interest of the public schools.

Sec. 2. That no district created under the provisions of this Act shall contain more than two schools, one for white children and one for colored children; that the school for white children shall not be less than half a mile from the school for colored children; and that the schools shall be located as near the centre of the different districts as practicable, or in such places as the Township School Trustees may deem most advantageous to the interests of said schools.

Sec. 3. That the school districts be as nearly four miles square as practicable; provided that due regard be had to rivers, creeks, and other smaller streams, and that these be used as boundaries wherever possible.

Sec. 4. That in case the Board of School Trustees of any District, created under the provisions of this Act, cannot obtain otherwise suitable sites for the locations of school houses, then the Board of Trustees of such district is hereby authorized to condemn a lot of land for the location of both white and colored schools, if the same be necessary, neither lot to exceed in area one acre: Provided, That the owner or owners of such lot or lots of land thereby condemned shall receive a just compensation therefor, to be paid out of the funds of the school district, the amount of said compensation to be determined by three freeholders of the school district, the first of whom shall be selected by the Board of Trustees of the school district, the second by the owner or owners of the lot or lots of land condemned, and the third by the two already selected: Provided, That the owner or owners of such land shall have the right of appeal, as provided by law in cases of condemnation of lands for public purposes.

Sec. 5. That in order to defray the expenses of surveying the County into school districts as herein provided for, and for making a map of the survey, the County Board of Examiners is hereby authorized to draw its warrants upon the County Treasurer for any unexpended school funds which at any time may be in his possession, and the County Treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to pay the warrants thus drawn out of any unexpended school funds: Provided, That the funds apportioned to any school district, created by special Act, shall not be used for the purposes aforesaid.

Sec. 6. That no part or parts of this Act shall in any way interfere with the boundary lines of school districts created by special Act.

Sec. 7. That this Act shall not go into effect before the first day of March, 1892.

Sec. 8. That all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with provisions of this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Approved December 23rd, 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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