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An Act to Amend Section 36 of an Act Entitled "An Act to Declare the Free School Law of the State," Approved the 9th Day of March, A.D. 1896.

February 19, 1900

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1900, Pages 362-363.
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Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That section 36 of an Act entitled "An Act to declare the free school law of the State," approved the 9th day of March, A. D. 1896, be, and the same is hereby, amended by striking out at the end of the section the words: "No Trustees of any public school district or any graded school district shall be a Trustee of, or stockholder in, any private or other school or institution for higher education in this State." And by inserting therein the following: "Provided, That special school districts having a population of not less than twenty-five hundred inhabitants, and in which the Boards are not fixed by special or specific legislation, may elect at the same time nine Trustees to constitute a Board in their respective districts." So that the said section as amended shall read as follows:

"Section 36. Each County Board of Education, on the first Tuesday of July, 1896, and on the first Tuesday in July in every two years thereafter, shall appoint for each school district in their county three School Trustees from the qualified electors and taxpayers residing within the district, who shall hold their office for two years, and until their successors are appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed by the County Board of Education. The County Board of Education shall have power to fill, from time to time, all vacancies in Boards of Trustees. The School Trustees shall meet as a Board, as soon and as often as practicable, and after having been appointed and qualified, at such place as may be most convenient in the district, at their first meeting they shall organize by electing one of their number Chairman of the Board, who shall preside at the official meetings of the Board, and another Clerk of the Board, who shall record their proceedings in a book provided for that purpose. Each member of the Board of Trustees shall be duly notified of all meetings of the Board by the Clerk of the Board. The terms of office of all Trustees now in office shall expire on the 31st day of December, 1896: Provided, That the foregoing provisions of this section shall not apply to special and graded school districts created by special Acts, but that the Trustees and School Commissioners of all special and graded school districts shall remain the same in number, and shall be elected or appointed in the same manner, and shall hold office for the same time as is provided for in the respective special Acts; except that in the special school districts where the Trustees or their
successors are appointed hy the State Superintendent of Education, under the provisions of the special Acts, the Trustees shall hold office until the first Tuesday in July, 1896, on which day, and on the same day every two years thereafter, the Trustees shall be elected by the qualified electors of such school district: Provided, That special school districts having a population of no less than twenty-five hundred inhabitants, and in which the Board are not fixed by special or specific legislation, may elect at the same time nine Trustees, to constitute a Board in their respective districts. The election of all Trustees for all such school districts shall be by ballot, and shall be conducted under the supervision of three qualified electors residing within the district, who shall be appointed by the County Board of Education at least ten days prior to the holding of the election. The manager shall report the result of the election to the County Board of Education within ten days thereafter, which Board shall commission the Trustees so elected. The Board of Trustees of each special or graded school district shall elect from their number a Chairman, who shall preside at their meetings, and a Secretary, or a Secretary and Treasurer, who shall record the proceedings of the Board, and who shall keep a full and accurate account of all moneys received and expended, showing the source and disposition of each item, and who shall make a complete itemized report of the receipts and disbursements for each scholastic year to the County Superintendent of Education, on or before the 15th day of July of each year. The books and vouchers of the Secretary and Treasurer shall be open at all times to inspection by the public."

Approved the 19th 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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