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An Act to Establish a New School District in a Portion of the Townships of Scuffletown, Young and Laurens, in the County of Laurens, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a School Tax Therein.

December 24, 1891

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1891, Pages 1412-1413.

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 maintaining a public school in a portion of Scuffletown, Young and Laurens townships in the County of Laurens, in this State, the area embraced in the following lines and boundaries, to wit: Beginning at Ora, in said County, as a central point, thence East one and one-half (1-1/2) miles, thence North two (2) miles, thence South four (4) miles, thence East three (3) miles, and thence North two (2) miles, so that the area herein delineated shall be a parallelogram, two sides of which shall be three miles with Ora as a centre.

Sec 2. That David Hadden, A.Y. Thompson, B. H. Flemming, Ludy Blakely, Thomas P. Byrd, be, and they are hereby, appointed a Board of Trustees for said school district, and their successors shall be elected by said Board of Trustees and appointed by the Superintendent of Education of South Carolina.

Sec. 3. That the said Board of Trustees shall have the following powers and duties: 1st. To select suitable sites for the schools in said district, and they shall possess all the rights and privileges of School Trustees that are now possessed or that shall hereafter be given to School Trustees. 2nd. To elect and dismiss the teachers and fix their salaries, to prescribe their duties and term of office, and make the rules for the government of the schools, and make an annual report to the State Superintendent of Education on or before the first day of October in each year, to be forwarded through the School Commissioner of Laurens County. 3rd. To take in charge and keep in order all buildings and other property belonging to or used for carrying on the schools herein created.

Sec. 4. That the Board of Trustees at their first meeting shall elect from its members a Chairman and Secretary.

Sec. 5. That the Chairman of said Board of Trustees shall call meetings of the Board whenever in his judgment it is nccessary, or whenever three (3) members of the Board shall in writing request him so to do.

Sec. 6. That the School Commissioner of Laurens County shall have jurisdiction over such schools in Laurens County not comprised in the school district herein established.

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 three (3) mills on the dollar in any one year, to supplement the general tax for the support of schools by the persons and mode following, to wit: That the said Board of Trustees shall on or before the 14th day of January, 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 shall be given of such meeting, specifying time, object and place of, at least ten (10) days before such meeting, by posting the same in three conspicuous places in said school district, and by publishing the same in one of the newspapers published in Laurens County. The persons answering the above designation, when thus assembled, shall appoint a Chairman and Secretary and decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied. The Chairman of said meeting shall within one week thereafter notify the Chairman of said Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of Laurens County respectively of the amount of tax 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 the said tax with the other taxes for the same year, and such tax shall be liable to like process and penalties as are County and State taxes.

Sec. 8. The County Treasurer of Laurens County shall hold all moneys arising from the Constitutional school tax and poll tax to which said school district shall be entitled under the general provisions of law and under the provisions of this Act subject to the warrant of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of said school district.

Sec. 9. This Act shall be deemed a Public Act, and shall take effect from the date of its approval.

Approved December 24th, 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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