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An Act Relating to the High School of Charleston.

December 17, 1881

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1881-1882, Pages 555-558.

WHEREAS, The City Council of Charleston did, by its Ordinances, ratified on the second of May A. D. 1839, and the twenty sixth of April, 1853, create a permanent and accumulating fund for the benefit of the High School of Charleston, and did require its Treasurer for each and every year from the year 1853, for the rest of the period of ninety-nine years from the year 1839, to issue and deliver to the “Commissioners of the High School Fund" a certificate of stock of the said city of Charleston, for the sum of one thousand dollars, which said fund is now invested in the school lot and buildings at the north-west corner of Meeting and George streets, and the sum of forty-seven thousand seven hundred and forty dollars, in the stock and bonds of the City of Charleston, the income whereof is not sufficient to perfect the school in all its branches:

AND WHEREAS, It has been suggested by the “Board of Supervisors of the High School of Charleston” to the said City Council, as conducive to the welfare of the said school, to change the investment aforesaid into an annuity of four thousand dollars for the unexpired period of ninety-nine years, to wit, about sixty years, and, in consideration thereof, to cause the scrip aforesaid, now in the hands of the “Commissioners of the High School Fund" to be cancelled, thereby relieving the city of Charleston of that amount of debt:

Now, therefore, to carry the said purposes into effect:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the present “Board of Supervisors of the High School of Charleston” are hereby declared to be a body corporate by the style and title of “The Trustees of the High School of Charleston,” and shall, by its said name, have perpetual succession of officers and members; the right to use and keep a common seal, and the same to alter at will; to sue and be sued; to plead and be impleaded, and to have and enjoy all and every right and privilege, power and franchise incident and belonging to incorporate bodies; they shall also have full power and authority, from time to time, to make, constitute, and establish such and so many by-laws, rules, and orders as to them shall seem necessary and convenient for the better regulation, government, well ordering, and directing of themselves, as Trustees aforesaid; as well as of the High School of Charleston, and all officers, professors, or other persons by them employed or to be employed in and about the same; and of all pupils in the said school; and for the better managing, limiting, and appointing of all and singular the trusts and authorities in them and each of them reposed and to be reposed, and for the doing, managing, and transacting all things necessary for and concerning the government of the said High School of Charleston; and the same by-laws, rules, and orders, to put in force and execution accordingly; and the same again at their will and pleasure to alter, change, revoke, and annul; all of which by-laws, rules, and orders so to be made as aforesaid shall be binding on each and every of the Trustees, and on all oflicers, professors, and other persons by them employed and by all pupils in said school, and shall be, from time to time, by each and every of them observed according to the tenor and effect thereof, under the several pains, penalties, and disabilities therein expressed.

Sec. 2. That the said Trustees shall consist of not more than thirteen members, nor less than eight, whereof the Mayor of the city of Charleston, for the time being, shall always be ex officio a Trustee; and two Aldermen of the said City Council shall be elected by the said Council from their own body immediately after every election of Aldermen for the said city and shall hold their ofiices as Trustees aforesaid until the next succeeding election of two Aldermen to act as Trustees in their place. That the number of Trustees may be reduced at any time by the City Council of Charleston, to any number not less than eight; and when any vacancy among the Trustees shall occur by death, resignation, or otherwise, the same shall be filled by the City Council of Charleston within three months after the occurrence of such vacancy; and in case the said Council fails for three months thereafter to fill such vacancy, the same shall be filled by the remaining members of the Board of Trustees.

Sec. 3. That the “Commissioners of the High School Fund” are empowered and authorized, with the consent and under the direction of the City Council of Charleston to cancel all scrip or bonds they hold as the High School Fund, and deliver the same to the Treasurer of the said city, to be by him retained and securely kept: Provided, That the City Council do agree and contract in proper and legal manner, and in consideration of the said cancellation, with the “Trustees of the High School of Charleston,” to grant an annuity of four thousand dollars, for the term of sixty years, from the first of January, eighteen hundred and eighty-two, to the said Trustees; and for the payment thereof, to appropriate, annually, and pay over each year, to the said Trustees, the sum of four thousand dollars for the sole and exclusive use and benefit of’ the said school: And provided, further, That the said City Council do execute a conveyance of the said school lot and buildings at the north-west corner of Meeting and George streets to the said Trustees, for the sole and exclusive use and benefit of the said school.

Sec. 4. That the said Trustees are authorized and empowered to receive and hold donations, devises, bequests, and legacies, and to hold real and personal estate to the amount of three hundred thousand dollars for the benefit and use of the said school.

Sec. 5. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed, and this Act shall be deemed a public Act, and is to take effect from and immediately after the date of its passage.

In the Senate House, the seventeenth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one.

John D. Kennedy, President of the Senate.
John C. Sheppard, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 17th, A.D. 1881.
Johnson Hagood, Governor.

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