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A104, R42, H3346
Sponsors: Reps. Collins, Clary and Hiott
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Introduced in the House on January 10, 2017
Introduced in the Senate on February 1, 2017
Last Amended on April 25, 2017
Passed by the General Assembly on April 25, 2017
Governor's Action: May 9, 2017, Signed
Summary: Pickens County School Board of Trustees
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/15/2016 House Prefiled 12/15/2016 House Referred to Pickens Delegation 1/10/2017 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 168) 1/10/2017 House Referred to Committee on Pickens Delegation (House Journal-page 168) 1/19/2017 House Member(s) request name removed as sponsor: B.Newton 1/26/2017 House Delegation report: Favorable Pickens Delegation (House Journal-page 4) 1/31/2017 House Amended (House Journal-page 19) 1/31/2017 House Read second time (House Journal-page 19) 1/31/2017 House Roll call Yeas-64 Nays-4 (House Journal-page 21) 2/1/2017 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 14) 2/1/2017 Senate Introduced 2/1/2017 Senate Referred to delegation from Pickens County 3/29/2017 Senate Recalled from delegation Pickens County (Senate Journal-page 3) 3/30/2017 Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 21) 3/30/2017 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 21) 3/30/2017 Senate Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (Senate Journal-page 21) 3/31/2017 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments 3/31/2017 Scrivener's error corrected 4/5/2017 House Senate amendment amended (House Journal-page 73) 4/18/2017 Senate Non-concurrence in House amendment (Senate Journal-page 30) 4/19/2017 House House insists upon amendment and conference committee appointed Reps. Hiott, Clary, Collins (House Journal-page 2) 4/19/2017 Senate Conference committee appointed Alexander, Rice, Fanning (Senate Journal-page 10) 4/20/2017 Senate Free conference powers granted (Senate Journal-page 21) 4/20/2017 Senate Free conference committee appointed Alexander, Rice, Fanning (Senate Journal-page 21) 4/20/2017 Senate Free conference report received and adopted (Senate Journal-page 22) 4/25/2017 House Free conference powers granted (House Journal-page 22) 4/25/2017 House Roll call Yeas-93 Nays-1 (House Journal-page 22) 4/25/2017 House Free conference committee appointed Hiott, Clary, Collins (House Journal-page 23) 4/25/2017 House Free conference report adopted (House Journal-page 24) 4/25/2017 House Roll call Yeas-89 Nays-1 (House Journal-page 26) 4/25/2017 Senate Ordered enrolled for ratification (Senate Journal-page 27) 5/4/2017 Ratified R 42 5/9/2017 Signed By Governor 5/12/2017 Effective date 5/9/17 7/12/2017 Act No. 104
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
(A104, R42, H3346)
AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 260 OF 1981, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES, SO AS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS FROM SIX TO SEVEN AND TO PROVIDE FOR SEVEN SINGLE-MEMBER DISTRICTS BEGINNING WITH THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION; AND TO PROVIDE FOR A PROCEDURE FOR CLOSING A SCHOOL WITHIN THE DISTRICT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Board membership increased, school closure procedures established
SECTION 1. Act 260 of 1981, as last amended by Act 90 of 2011, is further amended to read:
"Section 1. Notwithstanding another provision of law, the Public Educational System of Pickens County is directed and managed by the Board of Trustees of the School District of Pickens County. Beginning with the 2018 general election, the board must be comprised of seven members, each of whom must be a qualified elector and each must reside in the single-member district he represents. The lines defining the single-member districts are as shown on an official map on file with the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office designated as document S-77-00-17 and on file with the Pickens County GIS Mapping Department. This map must be used for the 2018 general election and to fill any vacancies that occur following the 2018 general election. Beginning with the 2022 general election, the seven single-member districts must conform to the latest United States Decennial Census and be approved by statewide legislation amending this section in order to become effective. Only those electors residing in the particular district are eligible to vote for the trustee who will represent the district. On the effective date of these provisions, the current trustees shall continue to serve until their four-year terms expire and until their successors are elected and qualify. In the 2018 general election, trustees will be elected for single-member Districts 2, 4, 6, and 7. Each trustee residing in single-member Districts 1, 3, and 5 shall continue to serve as the trustee for the single-member district in which he resides until his term ends in 2020 and his successor is elected and qualifies or until his office is vacated, whichever occurs first.
The electors of the Dellwood Subdivision of the City of Clemson, Anderson County, as shown in Plat Book 1920, page 150-A, Plat Book 12, page 266, and Plat Book 14, page 31, filed in the office of the Clerk of Court of Pickens County, shall be eligible to vote in the election of the member of the board of trustees for the nearest contiguous single-member school district and shall be eligible to serve on the board for that district.
All members of the board of trustees must be elected in a nonpartisan election at the time of the general election in the year in which their terms expire.
Upon the termination of the term of each single-member district trustee, his successor must be a qualified elector of the same district and must be elected in a nonpartisan election to be held at the same time as the general election preceding the expiration date by the qualified electors of the district for a term of four years and until his successor is elected and qualifies. If a single-member district seat is vacated before the end of the term, the seat must be filled for the remainder of the term by special election conducted in the same manner. The board of trustees shall elect a chairman and such other officers as it considers necessary.
Section 2. Any action by the board of trustees to close any school in the school district requires consideration at three separate board meetings held on three separate days with a minimum of six days between each meeting. During at least one of the three meetings, the board of trustees must allow public testimony, and at least one of the three meetings must be held at the school to be closed or in a location within one mile of the school to be closed.
Section 3. (A) Within sixty days after the vote by the board of trustees to close any school in the school district, a petition signed by the qualified electors of the school district equal in number to at least fifteen percent of the registered voters at the last preceding regular election for the board of trustees may be filed with the board of trustees requesting that any such vote be reversed.
(B) If the board of trustees fails to reverse the vote, the adoption or repeal of the vote must be submitted to the electors not less than thirty days nor more than one year from the date the board takes its final vote thereon. The board may, in its discretion, and if no regular election is to be held within such period, provide for a special election."
SECTION 2. If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this chapter, and each and every section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor and shall be applicable (1) for the 2018 general election of board of trustees members, and (2) to school closure actions taken after the effective date of this act.
Ratified the 4th day of May, 2017.
Approved the 9th day of May, 2017.
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