MYRTLE BEACH — Horry County school board has named Janet P. Graham to fill the District 7 seat that was left vacant in July after the death of former board member Paul Hudson.
The decision came Monday night after the school board considered seven applicants who sought the seat, which represents portions of Carolina Forest and Conway.
The school board chose its next member -- instead of holding an election -- because the window of time that would have allowed for candidates to file for the last election had expired, and by selecting its new member the board can fill the seat until the next election, which will be in 2014.
Districts were redrawn based on the 2010 census, and while all seven candidates who applied for the seat live in the old district, Graham was one who does not live in the new district. She was allowed to seek the seat because she lived in the district before new lines were drawn.
Teal Britton, spokewoman for the school district said, Graham will not be allowed to seek the seat in the 2014 election while living at her current address. She is eligible to fill the seat until that election to fill the remainder of Hudson’s term during a non-election cycle.
Britton said Graham will be sworn in at a school board meeting in October, but she could not give an exact date.