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An Act to Amend an Act Entitled "An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in the County of Darlington and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein," Approved December 24th, 1883.

January 4, 1894

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1893, Pages 633-636.
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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 an Act entitled "An Act to provide for the establishment of a new school district in the County of Darlington and to authorize the levy and collection of a local tax therein," approved December 24, 1883, be, and the same is hereby, amended by striking out the word "town" wherever it occurs in said Act and inserting in lieu thereof the word "city," and striking out the word ''two," on line four or Section three, and insert in lieu thereof the word "four." So that said Act when so amended shall read as follows:

"Section 1. That for the purpose of maintaining graded public schools in the City of Florence, and promoting their efficiency, the area embraced in the corporate limits of the City of Florence is hereby declared to be a new school district, to be known as the School District of the City of Florence.

"Sec. 2. That the said school district shall be a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as are now provided for school districts by the School Law of South Carolina.

"Sec. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore granted, the said school district shall have the power to levy and collect a tax on the assessed value of all real and personal property returned in said school district, not exceeding four mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The City Council of the City of Florence shall at any time previous to the first day of June of each year, upon the written request of thirty of the property holders in said school district, issue a call for a meeting, after two weeks' notice, of all those citizens who return real or personal property in said school district. Such notice shall specify the time, place of meeting, and be published in a County newspaper, and be posted in three conspicuous places in said school district. The City Council of the City of Florence shall cause to be prepared a list of all the voters hereinbefore provided for, a certified copy of which shall be turned over to the Secretary of said meeting. The persons entitled to vote in said meeting shall have power: First, To appoint a Chairman and Secretary. Second, To adjourn from time to time. Third, To decide whether, in addition to the amount of the Constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said school district, it is deemed expedient to levy an additional tax, not to exceed the limit hereinbefore mentioned, for the pay of teachers' salaries, or the building, furnishing, repairing and improvement of school houses or for incidental expenses. Fourth, To elect four School Commissioners, one from each ward, who, together with the Mayor of said city, shall constitute a School Board. Only those persons shall vote at such meetings who are citizens of the State and return real or personal property in said school district. No tax thus levied shall be repealed at any subsequent meeting. It shall be the duty of the Chairman of such meeting to keep a correct record of all the proceedings and to file the same in tho office of the Mayor. It shall also be the duty of said Chairman to notify the City Clerk, within one week, of the amount of tax thus levied; and the said Clerk shall thereupon proceed to assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district. The City Treasurer shall collect this tax at the time and in the manner provided for collecting the city taxes, and it shall be a lien on all property until paid as is provided for in case of State and County taxes. The prooeeds arising from this tax shall be kept separate and be paid out by the City Treasurer in warrants drawn by said School Commissioner, and the said Treasurer shall be liable to all penalties now prescribed by law for non-performance or neglect of duty.

"Sec. 4. The Town Treasurer shall receive as compensation for his services such reasonable sum, not exceeding one hundred dollars, as said School Board may determine, and before entering into his duties as Treasurer he shall give an official bond in the penal sum of two thousand dollars to the said Board, with two good sureties, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties.

"Sec. 5. That the County Treasurer shall hold the Constitutional school tax and poll tax. to which the said school district is entitled under the general provision of law subject to the warrant of the Board of School Commissioners of said school district.

"Sec. 6. That the Board of School Commissioners shall have power to assess upon each scholar, as supplementary tuition fees, such sum or sums as may be neoessary to meet the expenses of said schools: Provided, That should the parent, guardian or other person with whom such scholar resides make application to the Board of School Commissioners for said district, stating that such parent, guardian or other person with whom such scholar resides is not able to pay tuition, then such scholar shall be admitted free.

"Sec. 7. That said Board may assemble at any time and elect a Clerk and Superintendent of Town Schools, whose duties and compensation shall be prescribed by the said Board: Provided, That no member of the Board of School Commissioners shall be eligible to any office within the provisions of this Act. The said Board shall have the following powers and duties: 1. To discharge the same duties in the town which are required of School Trustees in the Counties. 2. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the schools. 3. To cause examinations to be made of teachers for the town schools. 4. To elect and dismiss Superintendents and teachers, prescribe their duties and term of office, and to make rules for the government of the schools. 5. To fill vacancies occurring in the Board by death, resignation, departure from the State or refusal to qualify. 6. To establish, when expedient, a Normal School Department, and to grant diplomas. 7. To make, if required, an annual report to the Superintendent of Education. 8. To determine the manner in which the tax hereinbefore provided for shall be expended in maintaining the town schools."

Approved: January 4th, A.D. 1894.

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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