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An Act to Charter Elloree Graded School District in Orangeburg County.

January 4, 1894

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1893, Pages 670-672.

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 Elloree Graded School of Orangeburg County is hereby chartered by the name of "Elloree Graded School District of Orangeburg County, South Carolina."

Sec. 2. The limits of said school district shall be as follows: A line drawn from the centre of the crossing of Cleveland and Main streets, in the town of Elloree, due North two and one-half miles long; also a line due South two and one half miles long, another East two and one-half miles long, and another due West two and one-half miles long. With these lines as diameters construct a square whose sides shall each be five miles long.

Sec. 3. The Trustees hereinafter named and their successors shall have power to levy, collect and disburse taxes on the property in said district for the support of two schools, one for whites and one for colored children, located in the town of Elloree.

Sec. 4. The following persons shall constitute a Board of Trustees: J. W. Fair, M. J. D. Dantzler, B. A. Shuler, T. B. Bookhandt, Thomas Livingston, J. P. Bruce and Miles Blount, whose term of office shall begin from the passage of this Act and expire on June 1, 1895, or till their successors are elected, as hereinafter provided in this Act.

Sec. 5. These Trustees and their successors are hereby granted, and shall be commissioned by the County Board of Examiners with all the powers and duties of regular District School Trustees, and shall have charge of the disbursement of all funds arising from the poll tax, the Constitutional tax, to which they may be entitled, and the special tax that may be levied on the said district.

Sec. 6. They shall have power to fix the school age of scholars of the said district who shall receive benefit of such funds, and adopt text books for use in said schools; to charge an incidental fee of not more than one dollar per scholar; said fee to be paid before the scholar shall be admitted; such fee to go to the general expense funds of the schools, and such amounts that may be left over from incidental expenses shall be applied to extend the free term of the schools; to charge and collect supplementary tuition fees when necessary for each pupil, according to grade, to supplement the general funds of the schools.

Sec. 7. They shall determine the time and manner of disbursing all funds arising from the above several sources.

Sec. 8. They shall have power to secure, by purchase, rent or otherwise, suitable buildings for the schools, furniture, fuel, etc.

Sec. 9. They shall hire and secure teachers, fixing their salaries and terms.

Sec. 10. They shall make reports at the close of each term to the County School Commissioner, showing the number of scholars enrolled, average attendance, fees received, and such other information as the Commissioners may desire.

Sec. 11. They shall make rules for the general management of the school.

Sec. 12. It shall be the duty of the Board to elect a Chairman and a Secretary and Treasurer, and to keep a correct report of the acts of the Board and an accurate account of all funds paid and received.

Sec. 13. Said Board shall call a meeting of the resident tax-payers and voters who return property, real or personal, in said district to the amount of $100 or over, on the written request of ten such taxpayers: Provided, The meeting be held before June 1st of each year. Said meeting after electing a Chairman and Secretary shall.have the right to levy by a majority vote a special tax on all taxable property in said district not to exceed five mills; also to elect a Board of seven Trustees for the following year, and to adjourn from time to time.

Sec. 14. Notice of such meeting must be posted in three conspicuous places in said district, or published in one of the County or local papers at least three times for at least ten days before such meeting; such notices to give the place, time and object of said meeting.

Sec. 15. The Chairman and Secretary of such meeting shall report to the County Auditor within ten days such taxes as may be levied, and it shall be the duty of the Auditor and Treasurer to levy and collect the same on all property within the said district as other taxes, and place the same to the credit of said district, which, with the other school fund of said district, shall be subject to the order of the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, endorsed by the County School Commissioners, as in case of other school claims.

Sec. 16. The Chairman and Secretary of said meeting shall also notify within ten days the County School Commissioners as to the Board of Trustees elected by such meeting, and it shall be the duty of the School Commissioner to commission said Trustees with all the duties and powers of regular District Trustees.

Sec. 17. Such funds as may arise from the levy of such special tax shall be divided by the Board of Trustees between the white and colored schools of said taxes paid by each race.

Sec. 18. When a vacancy occurs in the Board of Trustees the other members shall have power to elect another to fill the unexpired term.

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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