Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 1203Ratification Number: 331Act Number: 299Primary Sponsor: SetzlerType of Legislation: GBSubject: Wil Lou Gray Opportunity SchoolDate Bill Passed both Bodies: Mar 25, 1992Computer Document Number: BR1/1961.SDGovernor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: Apr 08, 1992Introduced Date: Jan 21, 1992Last History Body: ------Last History Date: Apr 08, 1992Last History Type: Act No. 299Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: SetzlerType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 1203 ------ Apr 08, 1992 Act No. 299 1203 ------ Apr 08, 1992 Signed by Governor 1203 ------ Apr 02, 1992 Ratified R 331 1203 House Mar 25, 1992 Read third time, enrolled for ratification 1203 House Mar 24, 1992 Read second time 1203 House Mar 05, 1992 Recalled from Committee 21 1203 House Feb 26, 1992 Introduced, read first time, 21 referred to Committee 1203 Senate Feb 25, 1992 Read third time, sent to House 1203 Senate Feb 20, 1992 Read second time 1203 Senate Feb 19, 1992 Committee Report: Favorable 04 1203 Senate Jan 21, 1992 Introduced, read first time, 04 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A299, R331, S1203)
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 51, TITLE 59, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE WIL LOU GRAY OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL, SO AS TO REVISE THE OFFICIAL NAME AND DUTIES OF THE SCHOOL, THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE SCHOOL, AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THE CHAIRMAN AND OTHER OFFICERS OF THE BOARD ARE SELECTED AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER OF FILLING VACANCIES ON THE BOARD AND FOR THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, revisions
SECTION 1. Chapter 51, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Section 59-51-10. The Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School is established and must be located in Lexington County on the property formerly occupied by the Army Air Force and known as the Columbia Air Base, which property the State received by quitclaim deed in September 1947 for the joint use of the Opportunity School and the South Carolina Trade School.
Section 59-51-20. The school shall:
(1) serve as an alternative school cooperating with other agencies and organizations;
(2) provide training for persons interested in continuing their elementary or high school education or in taking refresher courses preparatory to college, with emphasis on personal development, vocational efficiency, and effective citizenship;
(3) disseminate information concerning practices that have proven to be effective in working with its students; and
(4) cooperate with the vocational rehabilitation department in providing personal and social adjustment and prevocational and vocational courses for persons with disabilities.
Section 59-51-30. The Opportunity School is under the management and control of a board of fourteen trustees, twelve of whom must be elected by the General Assembly. The trustees so elected must be citizens of the State who are interested in the aims and ambitions of the school. The thirteenth member is the State Superintendent of Education, who shall serve ex officio. The fourteenth member is the Governor who is a member of the board, ex officio. Members of the board who are elected by the General Assembly shall serve for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualify. The board shall elect a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer. In case a vacancy occurs on the board among the elected members for any reason other than expiration of a term when the General Assembly is not in session, the Governor may fill it by appointment until the next session of the General Assembly at which time a successor must be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term. Elections to fill vacancies which are caused for any reason other than expiration of a term may be held earlier than the first day of April of the year the vacancy is filled.
A quorum of the board is seven members.
Section 59-51-40. The board of trustees is a body politic, under the name and style of the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School. It shall have a seal, which it may change at its discretion, and in its name it may contract for, purchase, and hold property for the purposes provided for in this chapter. It may take any property or money given or conveyed by deed, devised, or bequeathed to the school, and hold it for its benefit and use. The conditions of the gifts or conveyances in no case may be inconsistent with the purposes of the school, and the board may not by the acceptance thereof incur any obligation on the part of the State. It shall securely invest all funds and keep all property which may come into its possession. It may sue and be sued in its name and may do all things necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
Section 59-51-50. The board of trustees shall employ a director who shall serve under conditions as prescribed by the board. The director shall recommend and employ all personnel, as approved by the board of trustees, and shall define their duties. The director shall prescribe the courses of study and make all rules and regulations for the government of the school, within board policy, and is responsible for its operation and management within the limitations of appropriations provided by the General Assembly."
Terms of additional board members
SECTION 2. Of the two additional members of the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School Board to be elected by the General Assembly as provided by Section 59-51-30 of the 1976 Code, as amended by this act, one must be elected for an initial term of two years and one for an initial term of four years as specified by the General Assembly in the initial elections.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 8th day of April, 1992.