South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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S. 754

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Sponsors: Senator Hembree
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Introduced in the Senate on April 10, 2019
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Education

Summary: John De La Howe School

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   4/10/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 6)
   4/10/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Education 
                        (Senate Journal-page 6)

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4/10/2019

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A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-49-35 SO AS TO REQUIRE CERTAIN TRAINING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE JOHN DE LA HOWE SCHOOL; BY ADDING SECTION 59-49-85 SO AS TO PROVIDE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SCHOOL'S FACULTY; BY ADDING SECTION 59-49-112 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH THE STANDARD COURSE OF STUDY OF THE SCHOOL; BY ADDING SECTION 59-49-115 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE AWARDING OF DIPLOMAS; BY ADDING SECTION 59-49-117 SO AS TO PROVIDE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENTS; BY ADDING SECTION 59-49-135 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH A FOUNDATION AND MAINTAIN AN ENDOWMENT FUND FOR THE SCHOOL; BY ADDING SECTION 59-49-160 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE BOARD MAY EMPLOY CAMPUS POLICE, TO PROVIDE QUALIFICATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THESE CAMPUS POLICE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS ON CAMPUS, AND TO PROVIDE THE BOARD MAY PROMULGATE CERTAIN RELATED REGULATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-10, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JOHN DE LA HOWE SCHOOL, SO AS TO RENAME AND REESTABLISH THE SCHOOL AS THE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOR AGRICULTURE AT JOHN DE LA HOWE, AND TO PROVIDE THE PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-20, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, SO AS TO ADD CERTAIN EX OFFICIO MEMBERS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-30, RELATING TO REMOVAL OF BOARD MEMBERS BY THE GOVERNOR FOR CAUSE, SO AS TO MAKE GRAMMATICAL CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-40, RELATING TO MEETINGS OF THE BOARD, SO AS TO MAKE GRAMMATICAL CHANGES; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-70, RELATING TO THE DECLARATION OF THE SCHOOL AS A BODY POLITIC, SO AS TO MAKE CONFORMING CHANGES CONCERNING THE RENAMING OF THE SCHOOL; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-100, RELATING TO THE PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL, SO AS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS CRITERIA; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-110, RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF FORESTRY AND FARM PRACTICES BY THE SCHOOL AND USE OF REVENUE DERIVED FROM THESE PRACTICES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE SCHOOL SHALL SERVE AS A DEMONSTRATION FARM AND PROVIDE INSTRUCTION AND SUPPORT TO FARMERS AND PERSONS WORKING IN, OR WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN, THE BUSINESS OF AGRICULTURE; TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-130, RELATING TO OBSOLETE PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE USE OF INCOME DERIVED FROM CERTAIN ENDEAVORS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF INCOME DERIVED FROM CERTAIN CURRENT ENDEAVORS OF THE SCHOOL; AND TO AMEND SECTION 59-49-150, RELATING TO EXPENSES OF STUDENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PAY TUITION BUT SHALL PAY CERTAIN FEES FOR MAINTENANCE AND FOOD SERVICES UNLESS THEY MEET CERTAIN POVERTY REQUIREMENTS, AND TO PROVIDE ALL OUT-OF-STATE AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS WHO ATTEND THE SCHOOL SHALL PAY TUITION AND CERTAIN FEES FOR MAINTENANCE AND FOOD SERVICES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Chapter 49, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-49-35.    (A)    All members of the board of trustees shall complete successfully a training program on the powers, duties, and responsibilities of a board member including, but not limited to, topics on policy development, personnel, school leadership and board relations, at-risk programs, finance, school law, ethics, and community relations, as determined by the board of trustees. Training regarding how best to serve the at-risk students in their care also must be provided.

(B)    Within one year of taking office, all persons elected as members of the board of trustees after July 1, 2018, also must complete the training prescribed in subsection (A)."

SECTION    2.    Chapter 49, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-49-85.    (A)    The agricultural and natural resources instructional program may use part-time or full-time faculty members who hold advanced degrees or extensive professional experience in the agricultural and natural resources industry and whose professional expertise can be demonstrated by their training and accomplishments as recognized by state or national organizations and affiliations. As an alternative to traditional certification, these faculty members shall participate annually in professional development programs approved by the superintendent and the board of trustees. Pursuant to this chapter, the board of trustees shall adopt policies and regulations governing development of the agricultural and natural resources instructional program.

(B)    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. Teacher certification must be maintained pursuant to state law and regulations."

SECTION    3.    Chapter 49, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-49-112.    The board shall establish the standard course of study for the school. This course of study must include instruction in the areas that constitute the usual high school curriculum and provide in-depth instruction in agriculture, natural resources, and biotechnology."

SECTION    4.    Chapter 49, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-49-115.    The students enrolled in the school who earn a total of twenty-four units of credit distributed as specified in the Defined Minimum Program for South Carolina school districts and who meet the school's requirements for graduation are eligible to receive a state high school diploma. The board, in its discretion, may issue its own high school diploma for students that exceed the state requirements for a high school diploma."

SECTION    5.    Chapter 49, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-49-117.    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 the board of trustees establishes a special exemption to accept out-of-state or international exchange students. Students must have a career interest in an agricultural or natural resources field and possess a high level of commitment, motivation, and maturity."

SECTION    6.    Chapter 49, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-49-135.    The board shall establish a foundation and maintain an endowment fund for the school."

SECTION    7.    Chapter 49, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-49-160.    (A)    The board of trustees may employ campus police to police the buildings and grounds of the school. These campus police shall work under the supervision of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and may not enter into such employment unless and until they have been appointed Governor's constables with general authority as peace officers.

(B)    All traffic laws of the State are in full force and effect on the streets and roads of the school, whether such streets and roads are considered public or private.

(C)    The board may promulgate reasonable additional regulations relating to vehicular traffic within the grounds of the school including, but not limited to, parking of vehicles and reduced vehicular speeds, notwithstanding any other provision of law, and to provide penalties for violations of these regulations, not to exceed a fine of one hundred dollars. These regulations have the full force and effect of law and violations of them are triable in magistrates court. The board also may charge parking fees, issue parking passes, and erect gates and guard houses to control entry to the campus."

SECTION    8.    Section 59-49-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-10.    There is hereby established under the provisions of this chapter an institution to be known as the John De La Howe School (A)    There is established the Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe to provide training for students who have a career aptitude in agriculture, agribusiness, natural resources, and biotechnology. It also will serve as a research and resource center for students and conduct adult education programs for teachers, farmers, and persons involved in the industry of agricultural and natural resources. This residential and day school shall provide intensive preprofessional and professional instruction in agriculture that a student may complete to satisfy the requirements for a high school diploma and be prepared for college-level study.

(B)    The school is named the Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe."

SECTION    9.    Section 59-49-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-20.    (A)    The business, property, and affairs of the school must be under the control of a board of trustees, consisting of nine members, appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The terms of the members of the board must be for terms of five years. Appointments to fill vacancies must be for the remainder of the terms in the same manner of original appointments.

(B)    The following shall serve as ex officio members of the board:

(1)    the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Clemson University or his designee;

(2)    the Dean of the College of Education at Clemson University or his designee;

(3)    the Dean of the School of Business at South Carolina State University or his designee;

(4)    the Chair of the Department of Accounting, Agribusiness, and Economics at South Carolina State University or his designee;

(5)    the State Superintendent of Education or his designee; and

(6)    the Chair of the Agriculture Program at Piedmont Technical College and the President of Piedmont Technical College."

SECTION    10.    Section 59-49-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-30.    The members of the board may at any time be removed by the Governor for good cause The Governor may remove the members of the board for good cause at any time. The failure of any member of the board to attend at least one meeting thereof in any year, unless excused by formal vote of the board, may be construed by the Governor as the resignation of such nonattending member."

SECTION    11.    Section 59-49-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-40.    The said board shall meet quarterly and oftener more often as may be required, at least one meeting each year being. Meetings should be held at the school."

SECTION    12.    Section 59-49-70 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-70.    The Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe School is hereby declared to be a body corporate and, as such, may sue and be sued and plead and be impleaded in its corporate name, may have and use a proper seal, which it may alter at its pleasure and may acquire by purchase, deed, devise, lease for a term of years, bequest or otherwise such property, real and personal, in fee simple without limitations as may be necessary or proper for carrying out the purposes of its organization as herein declared."

SECTION    13.    Section 59-49-100 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-100.    (A)    It is declared to be the purpose and policy of the State to maintain and develop the school property in accordance with the purposes of the will of Dr. John de la Howe as interpreted by the Supreme Court of South Carolina, Mars v. Gibert, 93 SC 455, which for historical reference reads: 'First, the establishment and maintenance of an agricultural and mechanical school as an institution in Abbeville County, stimulating and improving the industrial life of the entire community; second, the training, free of charge, of twenty-four boys and girls, not as college men and women, but in the beginning of school life; and, third, the like training of the children of the neighborhood not supported by the fund.' It is declared that the term 'Abbeville County' shall be understood to mean that portion of South Carolina known as Abbeville County at the time the will of Dr. John de la Howe was dated, namely January 2, 1797. The property is now in McCormick County. It is further declared that, given the above historical perspective, the board of Trustees of John de la Howe School shall instruct the superintendent of the school to implement programs which shall meet the needs of children from all of South Carolina who for some urgent reason need to be separated from their home or community.

(B)    Under the provisions of the will and the bequest accepted by the State of South Carolina, the school must 'educate twelve poor boys and twelve poor girls'. To meet this requirement, the school shall use the current measures of poverty as defined by the State Department of Education.

(C)    Also under the provisions of the will and the subsequent bequest, the school shall provide education for students that live near the school. To meet this requirement, the school shall allow local students to attend as day students. The school shall have both residential students and day students."

SECTION    14.    Section 59-49-110 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-110.    (A)    The trustees of the John De La Howe school may carry out improved forestry and farm practices on the timber holdings and farmland of the school property and apply the revenues derived from them and any other revenue source on the property for the further improvement and development of the school forest and farmlands and for other school purposes.

(B)    The school shall serve as a demonstration farm and shall provide instruction and support to farmers and persons working in, or who have an interest in, the business of agriculture."

SECTION    15.    Section 59-49-130 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-130.    The John De La Howe School may use all moneys received by it through condemnation or otherwise for land and other properties of the school used in connection with the development of what is known as the Clark's Hill Project or for the development of any other similar project in the construction, erection and building of permanent improvements of and for the school and for the equipping of such improvements All income that the school receives from the sale of timber or farm products and from programs and events held on campus must be used for the construction, erection, and building of permanent improvements at the school and for the equipping of these improvements."

SECTION    16.    Section 59-49-150 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 59-49-150.    Pupils at the school whose estates are sufficient or the relatives of the pupils liable in law for their support whose estates are sufficient shall pay for the maintenance of the pupils in whole or in part. Policies concerning the manner and method of determining financial ability and the collecting and retention of amounts required to be paid must be determined by the Board of Trustees, in accordance with state policy A student who is a legal resident of this State may attend the school without paying tuition, but shall pay fees for maintenance and food services unless he meets the poverty requirements as defined in the will of John de la Howe and by current rules or regulations of the State Department of Education defining measures of poverty. Notwithstanding these provisions, all out-of-state and international exchange students admitted to the school shall pay tuition and fees for maintenance and food services as determined by the board."

SECTION    17.    This act takes effect upon approval of the Governor.

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