South Carolina Education - Chester County

Year County Established

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1785

Chester County

Chester
 
On December 21, 1799, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included provisions for escheated property within Chester County to be given to Alexandria College in Pinckneyville. At that point in time, Chester County was within the overarching Pinckney District.
On December 21, 1814, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which provided State funds for each branch of the government, and included an appropriation for the Chester Academy in the Chester District.
On December 16, 1815, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the incorporation of The Fishing Creek Circulating Library Society in Chester District, with assets up to $1,000. Two (2) members named in the Act.
On December 18, 1818, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the incorporation of the Chesterville Academy Society, and that all escheated lands, up to $3,000 worth, be given to the said academy. Seven (7) trustees named.
On December 18, 1846, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the re-incorporation of the Chesterville Academy Society for a period of fourteen (14) years (Section XVI).
On December 16, 1851, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the incorporation of the Chesterville Female Academy Society, named five (5) associated, and authorized assets up to $10,000.
On December 20, 1856, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the authorization of all escheated property in the Chester District, up to $10,000, be vested in the Chesterville Academy Society (Section VII).
On December 22, 1859, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the renewal of the charter for the Chester Male Academy Society in the Chester District (Section III).
On January 28, 1861, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the renewal of the charter of the Chesterville Academy Society for an additional fourteen (14) years and renamed the group as the Chester Academy Society (Section IV). This Act also provided that all escheated property within the Chester District, up to $20,000 in value, be vested in said Chester Academy Society.

This institute grew out of an 1866 school for freedmen; it became Brainerd Institute in 1868 when the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church in New York appointed Rev. Samuel Loomis to help establish churches and schools among the blacks near Chester. At first an elementary school. Brainerd grew to ten grades by 1913 and was a four-year high school by the 1920s. Renamed Brainerd Junior College about 1935, it emphasized teacher training until it closed in 1939.

On January 2, 1880, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish a special school district in the town of Chester Court House in Chester County, and to authorize voters to decide upon an additional special school tax up to two (2) mills on real and personal property. On December 20, 1893, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to amend the 1/2/1880 Act, by increasing the additional special school tax from two (2) mills to two and a half (2-1/2) mills on real and personal property.
On February 9, 1882, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish a new township and a special school district in Chester County to be known as the Sandy River School District, and to authorize the voters to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed two (2) mills on real and personal property. The Act describes that the Sandy River Academy is already in existence and within the new school district.
Also on February 9, 1882, the South Carolina General Assembly passed another Act to establish a new special school district in the town of Blackstock in both Fairfield and Chester counties, and authorized voters to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed two (2) mills on real and personal property.
On December 23, 1884, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish a new special school district in Chester County to be known as the Wilkesburg School District, which includes the existing Wilkesburg Academy, and authorized the voters to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed two (2) mills on real and personal property. [Repealed by the following Act.]
On December 24, 1886, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish two new special school districts in Chester County, one to be known as the Wilkesburg School District, which includes the Wilkesburg Academy, and the second to be known as the Lowrysville School District, which includes the Lowrysville Academy. Voters were authorized to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed two (2) mills on real and personal property. [The above Act - of 12/23/1884 - is hereby repealed.] On December 24, 1887, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to completely repeal the Act of 12/24/1886 - no reason was given.
On December 23, 1889, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize the Chester Court House School District, in Chester County, to issue bonds up to $10,000 for the purpose of purchasing ground and of building, furnishing and equipping a public school building thereon, to be located in said school district. The Act also specified who elects the now seven (7) trustees for said school district. On December 24, 1891, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize the Chester Court House School District to issue additional bonds up to $3,500 for the purpose of completing and equipping the public school buildings in said district.
On December 24, 1890, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish a special school district in Chester County, to be known as the Edgemoor School District, and authorized voters to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed four (4) mills on real and personal property. On December 16, 1891, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to amend the Act of 12/24/1890, by redefining the boundaries of said new school district.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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