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TO AMEND CHAPTER 17, TITLE 59 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS, BY ADDING SECTION 59-17-45, TO PROVIDE CRITERIA FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION, AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN EXCEPTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 17, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-17-45. (A) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, school districts in this State that meet at least two of the following criteria and are in a single county shall be consolidated within the county boundaries in which the districts are located. Districts shall be consolidated if:
(1) the average daily membership of the district is less than one thousand five hundred members;
(2) the school district contains a school with an accreditation status of probation or denied;
(3) the school district is currently under state designation of Fiscal Caution or Warning pursuant to Section 59-20-90; or
(4) the district has a risk assessment of medium or high or has a school or schools that have been in improvement status for three years.
(B) This section does not apply to a school district that is the only school district in a county."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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