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An Act to Amend an Act Entitled "An Act to Declare the Free School Law of the State," Approved the Ninth Day of March, 1896, so as to Provide for the Formation of Additional School Districts.

February 19, 1900

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1900, Pages 360-361.
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Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That section 31 of an Act entitled "An Act to declare the free school law of the State," approved March 9th, 1896, be amended by inserting after the word "area" and before the word "provided," on line 5 thereof, the following: "And shall alter the lines thereof and create additional school districts from time to time as the interests of the schools may, in their judgment, demand:" Provided, That no new school district shall be erected by said County Board of Education, except upon the petition of at least one-third of the qualified electors embraced within the limits of such proposed school district: Provided, further, That no school district shall be consolidated except upon a petition of at least one-third of the qualified voters of the school district proposed to be consolidated: Provided, further, Whenever territory embraced in two or more counties is proposed to be formed into one school district, the same may be formed by the joint action of the Board of Education of the respective counties as herein provided for the formation of school districts in a county; so that said section, as amended, shall read as follows:

"Section 31. The County Boards of Education shall divide their counties into convenient school districts, as compact in form as practicable, having regard to natural boundaries, and not to exceed forty-nine nor be less than nine square miles in area, and shall alter the lines thereof, and create additional school districts from time to time as the interests of the schools may, in their judgment, demand: Provided, That no new school district shall be erected by said County Board of Education, except upon the petition of at least one-third of the qualified electors embraced within the limits of such proposed school district: Provided, further, That no school district shall be consolidated except upon a petition of at least one-third of the qualified voters of the school district proposed to be consolidated: Provided, further, Whenever territory embraced in two or more counties is proposed to be formed into one school district, the same may be formed by the joint action of the Board of Education of the respective counties as herein provided for the formation of school districts in a county: Provided, That in cities of ten thousand inhabitants and over, this limitation of area shall not apply: Provided, further, That when any school district laid out under this section shall embrace cities or towns already organized into special school districts, in which graded school buildings have been erected by the issue of bonds, or by special taxation, or by donation, all the territory included in said school district shall bear its just proportion of any tax that may be levied to liquidate such bonds or support the public schools therein. The present division of the counties into school districts shall remain until changed by the County Boards of Education. The County Boards of Education are authorized and empowered to make contracts for the purpose of dividing their counties into proper school districts, and to provide for the payment of the expenses thereof out of the school funds of the county. Every school district now organized, or to be hereafter organized in pursuance of this section, is and shall be a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of School District No. ____ (such number as may be designated by the County Board of Education), of County ________________ (the name of the county in which the district is situated ), the State of South Carolina; and in that name may sue and be sued, and be capable of contracting and being contracted with to the extent of their school fund, and holding such real and personal estate as it may come into possession of, by will or otherwise, or as is authorized by law to be purchased, all of which shall be used exclusively for school purposes."

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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