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An Act to Define and Extend the Powers of the Commissioners of Free Schools of St. Philip and St. Michael.

December 20, 1856

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XII, Pages 494-495.

Whereas doubts have been expressed as to the powers of the Commissioners of Free Schools of St. Philip and St. Michael, under the Act to authorize and empower the Commissioners of Free Schools of the said Parishes to raise a fund for the building of free school houses, and for other purposes, and it is deemed expedient to settle the same:

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the powers of the said board shall extend to any application or the money which they are authorized to raise, to such free or common schools within the said Parishes as they may see fit to establish, and to the erection of buildings, purchase of lots, furniture, books, school apparatus and conveniences, admission and discharge of pupils, employment of teachers, and to the proper ordering and management of all schools under their charge, according to their best judgment.

II. The said Board shall have power to assess, levy and collect from and upon the tax payers in the said Parishes, annually, a sum not exceeding fifteen per centum upon the general tax of such taxpayers; and the Tax Collector shall collect and pay over the same to the said Board, and shall be entitled to receive two and a half per centum on the amount collected, in addition to his present salary, and shall be subject to the same penalties for any default as are prescribed by law in like cases.

III. The said Board shall be authorized to receive from the Treaurer of the State the amount appropriated annually for free schools, and to apply the same in common with the fund raised by them from taxes; and they shall account for all moneys before the Court of Common Pleas, annually, in the same manner as is required by law of the Commissioners of Public Buildings, and shall also make an annual return to the General Assembly of the schools, pupils and teachers under their charge, and of the expenses incurred for education.

In the Senate House, the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six, and in the eighty-first year of the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America.

JAMES CHESNUT, Jr., President of the Senate.
JAMES SIMONS, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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