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An Act to Create a Separate School District from Portions of Laurens and Greenville Counties, Including the Town of Princeton in Laurens County.

December 24, 1892

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1892, Pages 276-279.

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 those portions of Laurens and Greenville Counties lying within the following boundary lines, to wit: Commencing on Saluda River at the mouth of Mountain Creek; up said creek to the fork of Beaver Dam; thence up Beaver Dam to Northwest corner between Mrs. T. E. McCullough and estate of James McCullough; East to Col. McCullough 's gin house; thence Southeast to Nimrod Traynham's place; from Nimrod Traynham's place Northeast to old Stone place on the East side of Horse Creek; from Stone place Southeast to Stephney Jacob's house on the old Mrs. Perritt place; from thence to A. J. Traynham's house on public road from Princeton to Tumbling Shoals; from thence a straight line to ford of creek on road from Capt. J. B. Humbert's to Mt. Bethel; from thence a straight line to house on W. A. Lesley's place now occupied by Lee James; from thence to W. A. Reeves's house; from thence to house of W. A. Shorp's place now occupied by Booze Mattox; thence to M. L. Davis's house on John D. Sullivan's place; thence in a straight line to mouth of William Meekin's spring branch on Saluda River; thence up said river to beginning corner.

Sec. 2. That J. L. French, M. B. McCowen, B. F. Arnold, W. A. Lesley, John D. Sullivan and Jos. B. Humbert be, and the same are hereby, constituted a Board of Trustees for the Princeton Graded School District, and their successors to be elected by the said Board of Trustees and thereupon appointed by the Superintendent of Education.

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. 2nd. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the schools of said district. 3rd. To elect and dismiss the teachers, to fix their salaries and prescribe their duties and term of office, and to make rules for the government of the schools not inconsistent with the general school laws, 4th. To make an annual report of the schools in this district to the Superintendent of Education on or before the first Monday in October in each year, to be forwarded through the office of the School Commissioner of Laurens 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.

Sec. 4. That the Board of Trustees shall elect from its members a Chairman, also a Secretary and Treasurer. And the Treasurer shall give a good bond in the penalty of five hundred dollars for the faithful performance of his duties as such.

Sec. 5. 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 to do so. That the School Commissioners of Laurens County and Greenville County shall have jurisdiction only over the schools and educational interest of their Counties not comprised within the corporate limits of the said new school district hereby created under the name of the Princeton Graded School District.

Sec. 6. That the said school district is hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in the said school district a local tax not exceeding three 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 15th day of January, 1893, and on or before the same day in each succeeding year, call a meeting in the said school district of all the legal voters living in the above named school district and returning real and personal property therein: Provided, That public notice of said meetings, specifying the time, place and object, shall be given at least ten days before said meeting by posting the same in three conspicuous places in the said school district, and by publishing the same at least twice in one of the newspapers having the largest circulation in the 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 Chairman of said meeting shall, within one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of Laurens County, and the County Auditor of Greenville County, of the amount of tax thus levied on the property of their respective Counties, and the County Auditor shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district in their respective Counties, and the County Treasurers of said Counties shall collect such tax with the other taxes for the same year; and such tax shall be liable to like process and penalty as are State and County taxes.

Sec. 7. The County Treasurer of the County of Laurens 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 Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of said school district.

Sec. 8. All moneys received by the County Treasurer from the local tax herein and the liquor license tax shall be protected by the official bond of said Treasurer, and shall, except so much us is payable to the County, be paid out only on the warrant of the Treasurer of said Board of Trustees of the school district.

Sec. 9. That said Trustees are authorized to use so much of the school taxes herein provided for the first year as may be in their judgment necessary to erect school buildings in said district.

Sec. 10. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Sec. 11. This Act shall be deemed a Public Act, and shall take effect and be of full force immediately after the date of its approval.

Approved: December 24th, A.D. 1892.

Benjamin R. Tillman, Governor.
Eugene B. Gary, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Ira B. Jones, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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