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An Act to Create a Separate School District from Portions of Edgefield and Abbeville Counties, to be Known as Union School District.

December 24, 1892

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1892, Pages 149-152.

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 Edgefield and Abbeville Counties lying within the following boundary lines to wit: Beginning in Gray Township, Edgefield County, on Cuffeetown Creek, at the Southern boundary of lands of J. W. Aiton, following said Southern boundary line in a Westerly direction to the old Winterseat road; thence following said road to Beaver Dam Creek; thence up Beaver Dam Creek to a point in Abbeville County one and one-half miles from the County line at its nearest point; thence running a line parallel with the County line and one and one-half miles from it to the Mathis road, thence following the Mathis road to the County line, thence running a line in a Southeasterly direction and at right angles with the County line for two miles into Edgefield County; thence running a line in a Southwesterly direction, and parallel with the County line, to Cuffeetown Creek (or to its intersection with the Northern boundary of Kirksey, No. 47, School District, and thence along said Northern boundary to Cuffeetown Creek); then from the intersection with Cuffeetown Creek following said creek to the starting point and making Cuffeetown Creek the line between the proposed School District and Kirksey, No. 47, School District, to be known as the Union School District.

Sec. 2. That P. H. Adams, J. W. Aiton and J. M. Gaines be, and the same are hereby, constituted a Board of Trustees for the Union School District, who are to hold their office until their successors are elected and qualified.

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. 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 fix their salaries, to prescribe their duties and terms 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 Edgefield County. 5th. To take in 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 that the Treasurer shall give a good bond in the penalty of five hundred dollars, conditioned 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 two members of the Board shall, in writing, request him to do so.

Sec. 6. That the said school district is also 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 the 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 25th 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 freeholders living in the above named school district and returning real or 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 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 the said meeting shall, within one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of said Board of Trustees, and the County Auditor of Edgefield County, and the County Auditor of Abbeville County, of the amount of the tax thus levied on the property in 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 said tax shall be liable to like process and penalty as are State and County taxes.

Sec. 7. The County Treasurers of the Counties of Edgefield and Abbeville 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 this 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. That the County Auditors and County Treasurers of the Counties of Abbeville and Edgefield respectively shall each receive as compensation for the services prescribed by this Act a commission of two per cent, on the net amount collected by virtue of any special tax levied and collected in accordance with the provisions of this Act in their respective Counties.

Sec. 9. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Sec. 10. This Act shall be deemed a Public Act, and shall take effect and be of full force immediately after the date of its passage.

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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