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February 14, 2002
Introduced by Reps. Townsend, Walker, Littlejohn, Whipper and Gilham
S. Printed 2/14/02--H.
Read the first time January 8, 2002.
To whom was referred a Bill (H. 4419) to amend Section 59-19-45, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to orientation for school district boards of trustees and county boards of education, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 1 and inserting:
/SECTION 1. Section 59-19-45 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 155 of 1997, is further amended by adding:
"(F) The State Department of Education must keep a record of the school board trustees who successfully complete the orientation program. A trustee who does not successfully complete the orientation program within one year of taking office shall be reported to the chairman of the local board of trustees by the State Department of Education. The local board shall take action to ensure that the matter is resolved and provide a written report to the State Department of Education within thirty days of the initial notice.
(G) The State Department of Education shall cite a district in its accreditation report if a new trustee fails to comply with the orientation requirements." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend TOTALS AND TITLE TO conform.
RONALD P. TOWNSEND for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
The State Department of Education (SDE) states this bill would have a minimal impact on SDE. The department estimates administrative and clerical costs associated with maintaining the required records for 765 (85 districts X 9 trustees per district) trustees at approximately $5,000 annually.
Office of State Budget
TO AMEND SECTION 59-19-45, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ORIENTATION FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARDS OF TRUSTEES AND COUNTY BOARDS OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MUST KEEP A RECORD OF THE TRUSTEES WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION PROGRAM WITHIN ONE YEAR OF TAKING OFFICE AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE THAT A TRUSTEE OR COUNTY BOARD MEMBER WHO FAILS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION IS SUBJECT TO SUSPENSION FROM OFFICE BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE PURSUANT TO SECTION 59-19-60.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-19-45 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 155 of 1997, is further amended by adding:
"(F) The State Department of Education must keep a record of the school board trustees who successfully complete the orientation program. A trustee who does not successfully complete the orientation program within one year of taking office is subject to suspension from office until the trustee has successfully completed the orientation program. The State Department of Education may recommend suspension to the Governor. The trustee is also subject to removal from office pursuant to the provisions of Section 59-19-60."
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