Board chairman: LR5 board member may be ineligible to serve

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Lexington-Richland District Five board member who led an unsuccessful fight to prevent the district from expanding Chapin High School may be fighting for her position.

Board Chairman Robert Gantt says Kim Murphy may not be legally eligible to serve in her position. The district is made up of three Richland County representatives and four Lexington County representatives.

Based on a formal state agency inquiry, Gantt says a residency issue may disqualify Murphy from representing Richland County.

Gantt says if the claims are correct, he expects Murphy to resign.

If there is a dispute, the matter will be referred to the district through legal counsel.

Murphy says she pays taxes, files to run for office, and votes in Richland County. She says she'll be at the Budget and Control Board offices first thing in the morning to look at maps to see if what Gantt says is true.

Murphy has a week to respond to the board.

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