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An Act to Amend Section 53 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 365-366.
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Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That section 53 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 inserting between the words "services" and "if," on line 6 of said section, the following: "Or to make any contract, or to be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract with any school district;" so that said section when so amended shall read as follows:

"Section 53. It shall be unlawful for any County Treasurer, County Auditor, member of County Board of Education, or School Trustee, to buy, discount or share, directly or indirectly, or be in any way interested, in any teachers' pay certificate, or other order on school fund, except such as are payable to him for his own services, or for any School Trustee to make any contract, or be pecuniarily interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract with any school district of which he is Trustee. If any of the officers aforesaid shall violate the provisions of this section, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, to be used for school purposes in his county, and shall be imprisoned not less than three months nor more than twelve months, or either or both, and snall forfeit the amount of such claim or of his interest in such claim. And the County Board of Education shall regulate the opening and closing of the school terms so as best to promote and subserve the educational interest of the different sections of their counties: Provided, That all contracts which Boards of Trustees may make in excess of the funds apportioned to their districts shall be void. And no teacher shall be employed by a Board of Trustees of any school district who is related to a member of the Board by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, without the written approval of the Board of Education of the county, nor unless a majority of the parents or guardians of the children attending the school for which such teacher is employed requests such employment in writing."

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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