South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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R231, H5288

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Weeks and G.M. Smith
Document Path: l:\council\bills\ar\8056zw22.docx

Introduced in the House on April 26, 2022
Introduced in the Senate on May 10, 2022
Last Amended on May 10, 2022
Passed by the General Assembly on May 12, 2022
Governor's Action: May 18, 2022, Signed

Summary: Sumter County School District

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   4/26/2022  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 41)
   4/26/2022  House   Referred to Sumter Delegation (House Journal-page 41)
    5/4/2022  House   Recalled from Sumter Delegation (House Journal-page 40)
    5/5/2022  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 98)
    5/5/2022  House   Roll call Yeas-91  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 98)
    5/5/2022  House   Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative 
                        day (House Journal-page 100)
    5/5/2022          Scrivener's error corrected
    5/6/2022  House   Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 3)
   5/10/2022  Senate  Introduced, read first time, placed on local & 
                        uncontested calendar (Senate Journal-page 16)
   5/10/2022  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 16)
   5/10/2022  Senate  Unanimous consent for second and third readings on next 
                        two consecutive legislative days 
                        (Senate Journal-page 16)
   5/11/2022  Senate  Read second time
   5/12/2022  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 20)
   5/12/2022  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled 
                        (House Journal-page 153)
   5/12/2022  House   Roll call Yeas-97  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 153)
   5/12/2022          Ratified R  231 (Senate Journal-page 230)
   5/18/2022          Signed By Governor
   5/31/2022          Effective date  05/18/22

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

4/26/2022
5/4/2022
5/5/2022
5/10/2022


(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(R231, H5288)

AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 321 OF 2010, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT, SO AS TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ESTABLISH AND REAPPORTION THE NINE SINGLE-MEMBER ELECTION DISTRICTS FROM WHICH THE MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST BE ELECTED BEGINNING WITH THE 2022 SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS; TO PROVIDE THAT THE NINE MEMBERS OF THE SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MUST BE ELECTED FOR FOUR-YEAR TERMS IN NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS CONDUCTED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE 2022 GENERAL ELECTION AND EVERY TWO OR FOUR YEARS THEREAFTER, EXCEPT AS NECESSARY TO STAGGER THE MEMBERS' TERMS; AND TO PROVIDE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION REGARDING THESE SINGLE-MEMBER ELECTION DISTRICTS.

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

Sumter School District Board of Trustees, Reapportioned

SECTION    1.    SECTION 2(A) of Act 321 of 2010, as last amended by Act 106 of 2017, is further amended to read:

"(A)    (1)    Notwithstanding another provision of law, the Sumter School District must be governed by a nine-member board of trustees. Beginning with the 2022 General Election, each of the nine members of the Sumter School District Board of Trustees must be elected in nonpartisan elections to be conducted at the same time as the general election and every two or four years thereafter, except as may be provided to stagger the members' terms. The board members must be elected by the qualified electors of the Sumter School District from one of the nine defined single-member districts as shown on the Sumter School District map on file with the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office and designated as document S-85-00-22. This map, unless subsequently amended by the General Assembly or a court of competent jurisdiction, must be used for school district elections and to fill any vacancies that occur following the 2022 school district elections. A board member representing a numbered district must be a resident of the school district and the numbered single-member district from which he is elected, and only those electors residing in the particular district are eligible to vote for the trustee who will represent the district.

(2)    Notwithstanding another provision of law, the nine incumbent members of the Sumter School District Board of Trustees holding office on June 30, 2022, shall serve until their successors are elected in the 2022 school district elections and qualify. These incumbent board members also may seek election to the Sumter School District Board of Trustees in the 2022 school district elections.

(3)    The members of the Sumter School District Board of Trustees must be elected for four-year terms and until their successors are elected and qualify, except that of the nine board members elected in the 2022 school district elections, the five members who receive the five highest vote totals shall serve full four-year terms and until their successors are elected in the 2026 school district elections and qualify, and the four members who receive the four lowest vote totals shall serve initial two-year terms to expire in November 2024, when their successors elected at the 2024 school district elections qualify and take office for full four-year terms. In the event of a vacancy on the Sumter School District Board of Trustees occurring for a reason other than expiration of a term, the board shall call a special election to fill the unexpired term, so long as the vacancy does not occur within one hundred eighty days of a general election at which school district elections are to be conducted. In this case, the vacancy must be filled for the unexpired term through appointment by the Governor.

(4)    Notwithstanding another provision of law, all persons desiring to qualify as a candidate for the Sumter School District Board of Trustees shall file written notice of candidacy with the Sumter County Board of Voter Registration and Elections on forms furnished by the board. The filing period shall open at 12:00 p.m. on August first or, if August first falls on Saturday or Sunday, then 12:00 p.m. on the following Monday and shall run until 12:00 p.m. on August fifteenth or, if August fifteenth falls on Saturday or Sunday, no later than 12:00 p.m. on the following Monday. This notice of candidacy must be a sworn statement and shall include the candidate's name, age, address, election district in which the candidate resides and from which he seeks election, voting precinct, period of residence in the county, and other information that the board requires.

(5)    The Sumter County Board of Voter Registration and Elections shall conduct and supervise the elections for members of the Sumter School District Board of Trustees in the manner governed by the election laws of this State, mutatis mutandis. The county elections board shall prepare the necessary ballots, appoint managers for the voting precincts, and do all things necessary to carry out the elections, including the counting of ballots and declaring the results. The county elections board shall publish notices of the elections pursuant to Section 7-13-35. The results of the school district elections must be determined by the nonpartisan election and runoff election method pursuant to Section 5-15-62. In order to ensure the continuity of experience on the Sumter School District Board of Trustees following the 2022 school district elections, the nine board members elected in the 2022 school district elections shall take office after December 31, 2022; however, beginning with the 2024 school district elections, the members of the Sumter School District Board of Trustees shall take office one week following certification of their election pursuant to Section 59-19-315.

(6)    The members of the board shall elect a chairman and other officers they consider necessary to serve for terms of two years in these capacities.

(B)    The demographic information for each of the nine single-member districts shown on the Sumter School District map is as follows:

District    Pop.        Dev.    % Dev.    Hisp.    %Hisp.

1        11,794    66    0.56%    802        6.80%

2        11,222    -506    -4.31%    431        3.84%

3        11,687    -41    -0.35%    390        3.34%

4        11,878    150    1.28%    349        2.94%

5        12,348    620    5.29%    473        3.83%

6        11,237    -491    -4.19%    320        2.85%

7        11,635    -93    -0.79%    522        4.49%

8        11,688    -40    -0.34%    491        4.20%

9        12,067    339    2.89%    524        4.34%

Totals    105,556                        4,302        4.08%

District    NHWhite %NHWhite    NHBlk %NH Blk    VAP        %VAP

1        6,140        52.06%        3,846        32.61%    8,866    75.17%

2        3,792        33.79%        6,512        58.03%    8,816    78.56%

3        6,036        51.65%        4,712        40.32%    9,147    78.27%

4        4,255        35.82%        6,954        58.55%    9,316    78.43%

5        5,137        41.60%        6,246        50.58%    9,289    75.23%

6        6,915        61.54%        3,462        30.81%    8,707    77.49%

7        2,954        25.39%        7,910        67.98%    8,647    74.32%

8        6,864        58.73%        3,502        29.96%    8,999    76.99%

9        4,349        36.04%        6,613        54.80%    9,615    79.68%

Totals 46,442        44.00%        49,757    47.14%    81,402

District    HVAP     %HVAP    NH WVAP %NH WVAP NH BVAP % NH BVAP

1        521        5.88%        4,878            55.02%        2,767        31.21%

2        273        3.10%        3,133            35.54%        5,049        57.27%

3        241        2.63%        4,879            53.34%        3,631        39.70%

4        230        2.47%        3,479            37.34%        5,368        57.62%

5        305        3.28%        4,091            44.04%        4,579        49.29%

6        204        2.34%        5,565            63.91%        2,550        29.29%

7        337        3.90%        2,517            29.11%        5,628        65.09%

8        345        3.83%        5,479            60.88%        2,546        28.29%

9        401        4.17%        3,703            38.51%        5,061        52.64%

Totals        2,857        3.51%    37,724            46.34%        37,179        45.67%"

School District's exterior boundaries unaffected

SECTION    2.    The exterior boundaries of the Sumter School District are not altered by the provisions of this act. These school district lines are as defined by law and any census blocks which may be divided are done so only for statistical purposes and to establish a population base.

Inconsistent local acts repealed

SECTION    3.    All local acts pertaining to Sumter School District elections inconsistent with the provisions of this act are repealed as of July 1, 2022, it being the intent of the General Assembly to have this act and the general law be the only provisions of law governing the election of members to the Sumter School District Board of Trustees.

Time effective

SECTION    4.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 12th day of May, 2022.

Approved the 18th day of May, 2022. -- L.

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