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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a Separate School District in the City of Sumter.

December 24, 1888

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1888, Pages 231-234.
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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 for the purpose of maintaining graded public schools in the city of Sumter and promoting their efficiency, the area embraced in the corporate limits of the city of Sumter is hereby declared to be a new school district, to be known as the School District of the City of Sumter.

Sec. 2. That the said school district shall be a body politic and corporate, with .such rights, privileges, and liabilities as are now provided for school districts by the school law of South Carolina.

Sec. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore granted, the said school district shall have the power to levy and collect a tax on the assessed value of all real and personal property returned in said school district, not exceeding two mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The City Council of the city of Sumter shall, at any time previous to the first day of June of each year, upon the written request ot a majority of the male property holders in said school district, issue a call for a meeting, after two weeks' notice, of all those male citizens of said school district who return real or personal property therein. Such notice shall specify the time and place of such meeting, and be published in a newspaper in said city. The said City Council shall cause to be prepared a list of all male citizens of the age of twenty-one years and upwards who return real or personal property in said school district, a certified copy of which shall be turned over to the Secretary of such meeling. Only those persons shall vote at such meeting who are male citizens of the said State and city, and who return real or personal property in said school district. The persons entitled to vote in said meeting shall have power: First. To appoint a Chairman and Secretary. Second. To adjourn from time to time. Third. To decide whether, in addition to the constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said school district, it is deemed expedient to levy an additional tax, not to exceed the limit hereinbefore mentioned, for the pay of teachers' salaries, or the building, furnishing, repairing, leasing, or improvement of school houses in said school district, or for incidental expenses. Fourth. To elect four School Commissioners, one from each ward if that is deemed practicable, who, together with the Mayor of said city, shall constitute a School Board. No taxes thus levied shall be repealed at any subsequent meeting. It shall be the duty of the Chairman of such meeting to keep a correct record of all the proceedings, and to file the same in the office of the Mayor. It shall also be the duty of the Chairman of such meeting to notify the City Clerk and Treasurer, within one week, of the amount of tax thus levied, and the said Clerk and Treasurer shall thereupon proceed to assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district. He shall collect this tax at the time and in the manner provided for collecting the city taxes, and it shall be a lien on all property until paid as is provided for in the case of State and County taxes. The proceeds arising from this tax shall be kept separate, and paid out by the City Clerk and Treasurer in warrants drawn by said Board of School Commissioners, and the said Clerk and Treasurer shall be liable to all penalties now prescribed by law for the non-performance or neglect of duty.

Sec. 4. The City Clerk and Treasurer shall receive as compensation for his services such reasonable sum, not exceeding one hundred dollars, as said School Board may determine; and before entering into his duties under this Act, he shall give an official bond in the penal sum of two thousand dollars to the said Board, with two or more sureties, to be approved by the Board, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties, or such other security as they may deem proper.

Sec. 5. That the County Treasurer for Sumter County shall hold the constitutional school tax and poll tax to which the said school district may be entitled under the general provisions of the law, subject to the warrant of the Board of School Commissioners of said school district.

Sec. 6. That the Board of School Commissioners shall have power to assess upon each scholar, as supplementary tuition fees, such sum or sums as may be necessary to meet the expenses of said schools.

Sec. 7. The said Board may assemble at any time and elect a Superintendent of City Schools, whose duties and compensation shall be prescribed by said Board: Provided, That no member of the Board of School Commissioners shall be eligible to any office within the provisions of this Act. The said Board of School Commissioners shall have the following powers and duties: 1. To discharge the same duties in the city school district which are required of School Trustees in the County. 2. To determine the studies and class books to be used in the schools. 3. To cause examinations to be made of teachers for the city schools. 4. To elect and dismiss superintendents and teachers, prescribe their duties, compensation, and term of office, and to make all necessary rules and regulations for the government of the schools. 5. To fill vacancies occurring in the Board by death, resignation, departure from the State or city, refusal to qualify, or otherwise, 6. To establish, when expedient, a Normal School Department, and to grant diplomas in said department, which shall entitle the parties holding the same to become teachers in the public schools. 7. To make, if required, an annual report to the State Superintendent of Education. 8. To determine the manner in which the taxes hereinbefore referred to shall be expended in maintaining the city schools.

SEC 8. That the Act of the General Assembly of said State entitled "An Act to establish a separate school district in the County of Sumter, to be known as the School District of the City of Sumter, and authorize said township to levy and collect a special tax," approved December 24th, 1887, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

Approved December 24th, A.D. 1888.

John P. Richardson, Governor.
William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate and Lt. Governor.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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