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A84, R98, S362
Sponsors: Senators J. Verne Smith and McGill
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Introduced in the Senate on January 27, 2005
Introduced in the House on May 17, 2005
Last Amended on May 12, 2005
Passed by the General Assembly on May 20, 2005
Governor's Action: May 26, 2005, Signed
Summary: Governor's School for Arts and Humanity
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/27/2005 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-6 1/27/2005 Senate Referred to Committee on Education SJ-6 5/11/2005 Senate Recalled from Committee on Education SJ-7 5/12/2005 Senate Amended SJ-41 5/12/2005 Senate Read second time SJ-41 5/12/2005 Senate Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day SJ-41 5/13/2005 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-1 5/17/2005 House Introduced, read first time, placed on calendar without reference HJ-5 5/19/2005 House Read second time HJ-50 5/19/2005 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day HJ-51 5/20/2005 House Read third time and enrolled HJ-5 5/24/2005 Ratified R 98 SJ-30 5/26/2005 Signed By Governor 6/1/2005 Copies available 6/1/2005 Effective date 05/26/05 6/7/2005 Act No. 84
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(A84, R98, S362)
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 50, TITLE 59, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE STANDARDS THE FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL MUST MEET TO TEACH AT THE SCHOOL; TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE SCHOOL; TO PROVIDE THAT OUT-OF-STATE OR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENTS SHALL PAY TUITION AS DETERMINED BY THE SCHOOL; TO CHANGE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO THE PRESIDENT, EXEMPT THE PRESIDENT FROM THE STATE EMPLOYEE GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE ACT, AND PROVIDE THAT THE VICE PRESIDENTS SERVE AT THE WILL OF THE PRESIDENT; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS SHALL ADOPT POLICIES AND PROMULGATE REGULATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOOL.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
SECTION 1. Chapter 50, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Section 59-50-10. (A) There is established the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities to provide training for exceptional artistically talented students and serve as a research and resource center for all students and teachers in South Carolina. The school is dedicated to serving talented students in South Carolina who show exceptional talent, promise, aptitude, and interest in creative writing, dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. This residential school shall provide intensive pre-professional and professional instruction in the arts and a strong academic and humanities program which will lead to a high school diploma and college credits.
(B)(1) The arts instructional program must be comprised of faculty who hold advanced degrees in recognized arts fields including, but not limited to, dance, music, theater or drama, visual arts, and creative writing, and previously have taught students in a pre-professional and professional arts instructional program setting or are practicing master artists whose professional expertise can be demonstrated by their training and accomplishments as recognized by state or national arts organizations and affiliations. As an alternative to traditional certification, the faculty for pre-professional and professional instruction shall participate annually in master artists professional development programs. These programs must be modeled from national research-based professional development standards for instructional and practicing master artists. Pursuant to this chapter, the school's board of directors shall adopt policies and regulations governing development of the arts instructional program. The school's annual accountability report must include information on the arts instructional program and faculty participation.
(2) The academic program must be comprised of faculty who hold one or more degrees in the specific subject to be taught and who must have achieved traditional state certification in the area of instruction and may have national board teacher certification. State and national teacher certification must be maintained pursuant to state law and regulations.
Section 59-50-20. The school is governed by a board of directors composed of sixteen members, as follows:
(1) one member from each congressional district, appointed by the Governor;
(2) six members from the State at large, appointed by the Governor;
(3) the Chairman of the Education Oversight Committee or his designee who serves ex officio;
(4) the State Superintendent of Education or his designee who serves ex officio;
(5) the Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education or his designee who serves ex officio; and
(6) the chairman of the school's foundation board or his designee who serves ex officio.
Members appointed by the Governor serve for terms of four years and until their successors are appointed and qualify. Members receive mileage, subsistence, and per diem allowed by law for members of state boards, committees, and commissions.
In making the appointments, the Governor shall seek to obtain the most qualified persons from business, industry, and the educational and arts communities.
Section 59-50-30. The board shall establish and approve the curriculum of study. The curriculum must include intensive, in-depth, pre-professional instruction in the arts as well as a broad based innovative academic and humanities program which constitutes the Southern Association and the state department approved courses of study and requirements for graduation. The program also must include advanced academic studies.
Section 59-50-40. The school shall admit students in accordance with the admission criteria, standards, and procedures as established and approved by the board. To be eligible for admission to the school, an applicant must be a legal resident of South Carolina unless a special exemption is established to accept out-of-state or international exchange students. Students must be identified as artistically talented and possess a high level of commitment, motivation, and maturity. The board shall assure, as far as possible and without jeopardizing admission standards, that an equal number of students are admitted from each of the state's congressional districts. Out-of-state or international exchange students admitted to the school shall pay tuition as determined by the board.
Section 59-50-50. The chief administrative officer of the school is the president, who is appointed by the board, serves at its will and pleasure, and administers all affairs of the school, subject to policies and regulations adopted by the board. The president's position is exempt from the State Employee Grievance Procedure Act in Section 8-17-330. The school's vice presidents serve at the will and pleasure of the president. The president or his designee serves as secretary of the board of directors and reports at all board meetings. The president shall report annually to the board on the status of the school, its needs, and recommendations to carry the school forward to fulfill its mission.
Section 59-50-60. The board of directors shall adopt policies and promulgate regulations necessary for the operation and management of the school.
Section 59-50-70. The board shall establish a foundation and maintain an endowment fund for the school."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 24th day of May, 2005.
Approved the 26th day of May, 2005.
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