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An Act to Establish the Union School District, to Authorize the Establishment of Free Graded Schools Therein, and to Provide the Means for the Efficient Management of the Same.

December 24, 1892

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1892, Pages 357-359.

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 territory embraced within the corporate limits of the town of Union, in said State, be, and the same is hereby, declared a separate school district; that it be vested with such corporate powers as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of its organization as declared by this Act.

Sec. 2. That John A. Fant, Jr., H. M. Grimball, W. E. Thomson, James A. Rodger, L. G. Young and Reuben T. Gee, and their successors in office, be, and they are hereby, constituted and appointed a Board of Trustees for said school district, and they are hereby declared to be the legal successors of the Trustees of Unionville Male and Female Academies, and are hereby vested with the title to all the real and personal property now held and owned by said Trustees, and said Board of Trustees shall alone have the power to fill vacancies caused therein by death, resignation or otherwise. The said Board of Trustees shall have all the powers now provided by law for Trustees of school districts. They shall at their first meeting after the passage of this Act organize by electing a Chairman and Secretary.

Sec. 8. That said Trustees are hereby authorized and empowered, on or before the first day of June in each year, to levy on all real and personal property returned for taxation in 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 Board of Trustees, on or before the 15th day of May in each year, shall call a meeting of all the legal voters living in the said school district and returning real or personal property therein: Provided, That public notice of said meeting, 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 publishing the same at least twice in a newspaper, if any published, in said school district. The persons answering the above description 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, not to exceed three mills on the dollar. No tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting within the same fiscal year. The Chairman shall one week thereafter notify the County Auditor of Union County 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 said tax with the other taxes for the same year, and the said tax shall be collected and enforced in the same manner provided for State and County taxes.

Sec. 4. That the Trustees herein provided for shall have exclusive control of the public schools within said school district, and shall be invested with all the powers of School Trustees under the general law. They may organize schools, purchase or lease school property, erect school buildings, elect superintendents and teachers, and fix their salaries, prescribe the text books to be used and the rates of tuition to be paid by pupils not entitled to the benefit of the free school fund of said district, and may make rules and regulations for the control of the schools and the school property not repugnant to law. They are hereby authorized and empowered to sell and convey the lot upon which the Brick Male Academy is located in the town of Union, held and owned by the Trustees of Union Male and Female Academies, and apply the proceeds to the payment of furnishing school building and fencing grounds, and to any of the purposes enumerated in this Act.

Sec. 5. All moneys issued and collected for school purposes shall be paid out by the County Treasurer for salaries and other school purposes upon the warrant of the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and all school moneys arising from the capitation tax upon the polls in said school district, as well as from Constitutional school tax, or from any and all other public sources applicable to said district, shall be paid out by the Treasurer in like manner and upon like warrant.

Sec. 6. That the tax heretofore assessed and levied in said school district shall be collected by the Treasurer, and shall be paid out by him as provided in Section 5 of this Act, and nothing herein contained shall be construed to repeal or abrogate or defeat said tax.

Sec. 7. That all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

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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