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A251, R177, S910
Sponsors: Senator Grooms
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Introduced in the Senate on December 6, 2021
Introduced in the House on January 20, 2022
Last Amended on April 26, 2022
Passed by the General Assembly on May 4, 2022
Governor's Action: May 18, 2022, Signed
Summary: Berkeley County School Board
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/6/2021 Senate Introduced, read first time, placed on local & uncontested calendar (Senate Journal-page 22) 1/19/2022 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 9) 1/19/2022 Senate Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (Senate Journal-page 9) 1/20/2022 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 4) 1/20/2022 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 36) 1/20/2022 House Referred to Berkeley Delegation (House Journal-page 36) 4/20/2022 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Berkeley Delegation (House Journal-page 1) 4/21/2022 Scrivener's error corrected 4/26/2022 House Amended (House Journal-page 5) 4/26/2022 House Read second time (House Journal-page 5) 4/26/2022 House Roll call Yeas-69 Nays-31 (House Journal-page 11) 4/27/2022 House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments (House Journal-page 20) 5/4/2022 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 57) 5/12/2022 Ratified R 177 (Senate Journal-page 209) 5/18/2022 Signed By Governor 5/31/2022 Effective date 05/18/22 7/25/2022 Act No. 251
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(A251, R177, S910)
AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 518 OF 1982, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE BERKELEY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT EIGHT BOARD MEMBERS SHALL BE ELECTED IN NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS FROM SINGLE-MEMBER DISTRICTS IN WHICH THEY ARE RESIDENTS, COTERMINOUS WITH COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICTS AND SHARING THE CORRESPONDING DISTRICT NUMBERS; TO PROVIDE THAT ONE MEMBER SHALL BE ELECTED FROM THE COUNTY AT LARGE; TO STAGGER THE MEMBERS' TERMS OF OFFICE; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 3A OF ACT 518 OF 1982 RELATING TO THE BERKELEY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION SINGLE-MEMBER ELECTION DISTRICTS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 3A of Act 518 of 1982 repealed
SECTION 1. SECTION 3A of Act 518 of 1982, as last amended by Act 296 of 2012, is repealed.
Berkeley County School District, single-member election districts revised, at-large member added
SECTION 2. SECTIONS 1, 2, and 3 of Act 518 of 1982, as last amended by Act 408 of 2002, are further amended to read:
"Section 1. The governing body of the School District of Berkeley County shall be a nine-member board known as the Berkeley County Board of Education. Eight board members shall be elected from single-member districts in which they are residents, coterminous with county council districts and sharing the corresponding district numbers, updated consistently with the county council districts thereafter when county council districts change. One member shall be elected from the county at large. The board shall elect from among its members one person to serve as chairman for a term of one year, provided that no chairman is eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms.
Section 2. (A)(1) Except as otherwise provided herein, the members of the board must be elected in a nonpartisan election to be held at the same time as the general election for terms of four years. However, at the 2022 election:
(a) members elected in Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 shall be elected for four-year terms; and
(b) members elected in Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 shall be elected for two-year terms.
(2) The Chairman of the Berkeley County School Board as of the effective date of this act shall serve as the at-large member of the board from the 2022 election until the 2024 election. Beginning with the 2024 election, the at-large member shall be elected to a four-year term.
(B) All members of the board shall serve until their successors are elected and qualify. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, members shall take office at the first meeting of the board following certification of the election. At any election the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be deemed elected.
(C) A vacancy occurring for any reason other than expiration of a term must be filled by special election for the unexpired portion of the term as provided in Section 7-13-190.
(D) The county superintendent of education shall be appointed by the board. The county superintendent of education shall not be a member of the board."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 12th day of May, 2022.
Approved the 18th day of May, 2022.
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