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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District at Waterloo, in Laurens County, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

December 18, 1894

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1894, Pages 1076-1078.

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 public schools in the town of Waterloo, in Laurens County, the County Board of Examiners of Laurens County be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a separate school district, the limits of which shall extend four miles square, taking as a central point the present depot of the Port Royal and Western Carolina Railroad, so that the limits thereof shall form a square.

Sec. 2. That the said district shall be known as the Waterloo School District, and shall be a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as are provided for school districts by the School Law of South Carolina, approved December 24th, A. D. 1888.

Sec. 3. That, in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore granted, the said school district shall have power to levy on all real and personal property returned in said district a tax not exceeding three mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The School Trustees of said school district shall, at any time previous to the 30th day of January of each fiscal year, upon the written request of twenty property holders, issue a call for a public meeting (after two weeks' notice) of all those citizens who return real or personal property in said district, and said notice shall be published in at least one newspaper, and posted in two conspicuous places in said district, for at least two weeks before such meeting, and shall specify the time, place and object of said meeting.

Sec. 4. That when the persons answering the above description shall have assembled in public meeting they shall have power: First. To select a Chairman and secretary, adjourn from time to time, decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied, and appropriate the same in such manner as they may think best for the educational interest of said school district: Provided, That no tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting in the same fiscal year. Second. That they shall also have power to select a Board of seven Trustees for said school district, all of whom shall be residents of said school district, whose term of office shall be two years from the date of election, and who, in addition to the duties and responsibilities now provided by law for Trustees of school districts, shall have the following powers and duties: 1. To purchase or erect suitable buildings for the use of the public schools of said school district. 2. To elect and dismiss superintendents and teachers of the schools, prescribe the duties, terms of office, and to fix their salaries, and to cause an examination of said teachers to be made whenever necessary; also to determine the class books and studies to be used in the said schools, and to make rules and regulations for the government of said schools. 3. To determine the manner in which the tax heretofore authorized (and the two mills Constitutional and poll tax provided by law) shall be expended in maintaining said public schools; and 4. To fill all vacancies occurring in said Board of Trustees by death, resignation, removal or otherwise during their term of office or service.

Sec. 5. That it shall be the duty of the Chairman and secretary of said public meeting, within one week after said meeting has been held, to notify the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for said school district and the Auditor of said County of the amount of said tax thus levied and how it has been appropriated, 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 shall collect the same with the State and County taxes, and such tax shall be a lien on all property until paid, and the defaulting taxpayers shall be liable to like process and penalty as defaulters for State and County taxes.

Sec. 6. That the money collected from such tax levy and the Constitutional poll and two mill tax to which the said district is entitled under the general provisions of the law shall be held by the County Treasurer and paid out on warrants drawn by the Trustees of said school district, countersigned by the County School Commissioner; and said Treasurer shall be liable to said school district for the non-performance of his duties in respect to said money in the same manner and to the same extent and under like penalties as for the non-performance of his duties in respect to State and County taxes: Provided, That the School Commissioner of said County and the Trustees of said school district be, and they are hereby, authorized to apply for the fiscal year commencing November 1st, 1894, so much of said money as may be necessary for the purchase or erection of suitable buildings for said public schools.

Sec. 7. That Col. J. H. Wharton, D. C. Smith, B. A. Anderson, Prof. W. T. McElroy, Joseph Pearce, H. C. Fuller and T. N. Parks are hereby authorized and required to act until the election of the Trustees provided for in this Act.

Sec. 8. That this Act shall take effect from the date of its passage, and all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed.

Approved: December 18th, A.D. 1894.

John Gary Evans, Governor.
W.H. Timmerman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Ira B. Jones, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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