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An Act to Fix the Times for the Free Public Schools, to Provide for the Support of the Same, and to Regulate the Disbursement of Net Income Arising from the Sale of Liquors.

March 3, 1899

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1899, Pages 112-113.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That the free public schools of the State shall be kept open and the exercises thereof continued, in each school district in the State, for a period of at least three months in each and every year.

Sec. 2. That the Comptroller General, in determining whether any deficiency exists in any school district, for the purposes of the distribution of the fund mentioned in the next succeeding section, shall make his estimate upon the basis of the allowance to each school in every school district, out of the three mill constitutional tax and poll tax, the sum of seventy-five dollars for the expense of such term of three months, for each school existing during the scholastic year 1897-1898.

Sec. 3. That from and after the approval of this Act, all net income derived by the State from the sale of liquors in this State, under the dispensary law, shall be apportioned among the the various counties of this State, for the benefit of the common schools, in proportion to the deficiencies existing in the various counties of this State, after the application of the three mill tax and the poll tax, to run the public schools for the time fixed in section 1 of this Act; and if there shall be a surplus remaining of such net income, after such deficiencies shall have been equalized, it shall be devoted to public school purposes, and be apportioned among the counties in proportion to the enrolment in the public schools, as shall appear by the report of the State Superintendent of Education for the next preceding scholastic year, and be distributed among the school districts of the counties, and be disbursed as other school funds: Provided. That out of said surplus there shall be appropriated five thousand dollars for the purpose of maintaining Institutes for the better instruction of the teachers of the public schools, the same to be paid on the warrant of the Governor and the State Superintendent of Education; and all funds derived from said dispensary law, not already disbursed, shall be apportioned in the same way.

Sec. 4. Such apportionment shall be made by the Comptroller General quarterly, and he shall draw his warrant upon the State Treasurer in favor of the County Treasurer of the respective counties for the amounts apportioned to such counties, respectively.

Sec 5. All Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act, be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Approved the 3rd Day of March, A.D. 1899.

William H. Ellerbee, Governor.
Miles B. McSweeney, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Frank Boyd Gary, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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