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An Act to Establish a New School District to Embrace the Corporate Limits of the Town of Little Mountain, in Newberry County, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a School Tax Therein.

December 24, 1892

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1892, Pages 319-321.

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 or schools in the town of Little Mountain, in Newberry County, a school district is hereby established to embrace the area included within the corporate limits of the said town.

Sec. 2. That J. B. Lathan. A. N. Boland and W. C. Shealy be, and they are, made a Board of Trustees for said school district, who shall hold their offices for two years, and until their successors are elected. There shall be an election for Trustees of said school district by the qualified electors of said district every two years.

Sec. 3. That said Trustees shall have the power and perform the duties following: 1st. To select suitable sites for schools in said district, and discharge all the duties and have all the rights that are now exercised by, or may 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 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 Newberry County. 3d. To take charge of and keep in repair all buildings and other property belonging to said school district.

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

Sec. 5. That the Chairman of said Board of Trustees shall call meetings of the said Board of Trustees whenever in his judgment it is necessary, or whenever a majority of the Board shall request him in writing to do so.

Sec. 6. That said school district is hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all personal and real property returned in said school district a local tax not exceeding (2) two mills in any one year to supplement the general tax for the support of schools in the mode following: The said Board of Trustees shall on or before the 15th of January, 1893, and on or before the said 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, or both, providing that publication thereof shall be given, specifying the time, object and place of said meeting, at least ten (10) days before such meeting, by posting the same in three conspicuous places in said district and publishing the same in a newspaper published in Newberry County and in a newspaper published in Lexington County. The persons answering the above designation when assembled shall choose a Chairman and Secretary and decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied. The Chairman of said meeting shall within one week afterwards notify the Chairman of the said Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of Newberry and Lexington Counties, respectively, of the amount of taxes levied. And the County Auditor of each of said Counties shall at once assess such taxes on the real and personal property returned in that part of said school district lying within each of said Counties, respectively, and each of the County Treasurers of said Counties shall collect the said tax with the other taxes of the same year, and such taxes shall be collected by like process and the non-payment thereof subject to like penalties as in case of non-payment of County or State taxes.

Sec. 7. The County Treasurer of Newberry and Lexington Counties shall each hold all moneys arising from the school taxes which said school district shall be entitled to 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. And for the purpose of maintaining a school or schools in said school district for the present fiscal year, each of said Treasurers of the Counties of Newberry and Lexington shall pay to said Chairmen of said Board of Trustees in like manner the school tax and poll tax which they, or either of them, have collected or may collect from persons or on property within said school district.

Sec. 8. This Act shall be deemed a Public Act, and shall take effect from the time 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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