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An Act to Provide for the Election of School Trustees, the Management of the Public Schools, and the Disbursement of School Funds in Special School District No. 14, at Winnsboro, in Fairfield County.

February 17, 1900

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1900, Pages 526-530.
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Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That Special School District No. 14, at Winnsboro, in the County of Fairfield, heretofore created and established by an Act of the General Assembly of the said State, approved December 23d, A. D. 1872 [sic, 1878], shall hereafter be under the government, management and control of a Board of Trustees to be elected as provided for in this Act, and said Board of Trustees, in addition to the powers, rights and privileges now conferred by law upon School Trustees, shall have such special rights, powers and privileges as are enumerated and set forth in this Act.

Sec. 2. The Board of Trustees of said Special School District shall consist of seven persons, who shall be elected in the following manner, to wit: One of such Trustees shall be annually elected by the duly qualified electors of the town of Winnsboro, who shall be qualified to vote at the annual election for Intendant and Wardens of the said town, and such Trustee shall be elected at the same time as the Intendant and Wardens of the said town are elected; three of such Trustees shall he elected by the qualified electors of said Special School District, at a special election, to be ordered as hereinafter provided, and at such election no person shall be entitled to vote for such Trustees unless he is duly qualified to vote at the general elections held for State and county officers; and the other three Trustees shall be elected by the Mount Zion Society, a society duly incorporated under the laws of the State. The first election for the Trustees to be elected by the qualified electors of said Special School District shall be held on the first Monday in May, A. D. 1900; the said election shall be ordered by the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for Fairfield County, who shall appoint three managers of said election and qualify them before entering upon their duties as such managers; and the said managers shall open the polls and hold said election in the Court House, or other convenient place to be designated by the said Clerk of Court, who shall give notice of the time and place of holding such election for two weeks prior thereto by public advertisement in some newspaper published in the county. The managers of said election shall open the polls at 8 o'clock A. M., and close the polls at 4 o'clock P. M.; and immediately on closing the polls, they shall proceed to count the votes and declare the result of said election by certifying the result to the said Clerk of Court, who shall publish the same. At such election, no one shall be entitled to vote who is not duly qualified to vote at the general election for State and county officers; and to ascertain who shall be entitled to vote at said election, the said Clerk of Court shall appoint a suitable and competent person to register the voters of said Special School District, who shall open books of registration on Thursday, Friday and Saturday preceding such election, and no person shall be entitled to vote at such election whose name does not appear on said books of registration. The Trustees to be elected by the Mount Zion Society shall be elected on the same day as those who are elected by the Special School District, in such manner as the said society shall see fit or as may be in accordance with its by-laws. The term of office of the Trustees to be elected by the said Special School District and the Mount Zion Society at the first election hereunder, shall be for one, two and three years, respectively, and those elected at all subsequent elections shall be for the term of three years. The said Trustees, after the organization of the Board, shall draw lots to determine who shall serve for the respective terms as herein provided, so that annually thereafter there shall be elected one Trustee by the said Special School District and one by the said Mount Zion Society, respectively, who shall serve as such Trustee for the term of three years. When all of the said Trustees shall have been elected they shall meet and organize by the election of a Chairman and Secretary, who shall hold office for such term as the Board may determine, and they shall perform such duties as the said Board may prescribe. All elections for Trustees, after the first election herein provided for, to be elected by the qualified voters of the Special School District, shall be ordered by the said Board of Trustees, and shall be conducted under such rules and regulations, as to registration of voters, as the said Board may provide: Provided, That no person shall be entitled to vote at any of such elections unless he is duly qualified to vote at the general election for State and county officers; and all Trustees to be elected by the Mount Zion Society, subsequent to the first election, shall be elected in such manner as the said society shall determine.

Sec. 3. The said Board of Trustees, in addition to the rights, powers and privileges now conferred by law upon School Trustees, shall have the following powers and privileges, to wit: 1. To have the complete management and control of the schools in said Special School District, and to make such rules and regulations for the management thereof, as may be deemed for the best interest of the said schools. 2. To determine the studies and class books to be used in said schools. 3. To cause examinations to be for teachers for said schools. 4. To elect and dismiss Superintendents and teachers, and prescribe their duties and term of office. 5. To have charge and control of all school funds to be expended for the benefit of the schools of said special district, and disburse the same in such manner as the said Board may prescribe, for the benefit of said schools. 6. To prescribe and regulate the terms and conditions upon which parties residing without the limits of said school district may be admitted into the public schools thereof.

Sec. 4. That the money arising from the special tax levied in said Special School District, the poll tax collected therein, and all moneys apportioned to said Special School District by the County Superintendent of Education, whether arising from the constitutional three (3) mill tax, the profits from the Dispensary, or other sources, shall be held by the County Treasurer of Fairfield County for the benefit of the said Special School District, and shall only be paid out by him on the warrant of said Board of Trustees, signed by the Secretary of said Board and countersigned by the Chairman thereof; and the said County Treasurer shall be liable to said Special School District for the non-performance of his duties in respect to said moneys in the same manner and to the same extent and under like penalties as for the non-performance of his duties in reference to State and county taxes. And all moneys appropriated by the town of Winnsboro to Mount Zion Society for the benefit of the schools in said special district, or arising from any other sources and coming to said society for the benefit of said schools, shall be disbursed for the benefit of said schools on the warrant of the Board of Trustees thereof, signed by the Secretary of said Board and countersigned by the Chairman thereof.

Sec. 5. The County Superintendent of Education for Fairfield County shall apportion the taxes or other funds to which said Special School District may be entitled in the manner now or hereafter provided by law.

Sec. 6. The Board of Trustees of said Special School District shall annually, on or before the 1st day of December, make a report of their actings and doings to the State Superintendent of Education, which report shall be transmitted through the County Superintendent of Education.

Sec. 7. The present Board of Trustees of said Special School Distnct shall continue in office, and shall have the management, control and government of the schools in said district until the election of the Board of Trustees herein provided for; and upon the organization of said Board the present Trustees shall turn over to the new Board all school property under their control; and the County Treasurer shall in like manner hold all moneys apportioned to said school district, subject to the order of the new Board of Trustees as provided in this Act.

Sec. 8. This Act shall go into effect upon its approval, shall continue in force until repealed, and all Acts or parts of Acts in conflict with the provisions thereof are hereby repealed, so far as they may effect said Special School District.

Approved the 17th Day of February, A.D. 1900.

Miles B. McSweeney, Governor.
Robert B. Scarborough, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Frank Boyd Gary, Speaker of the House



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