The Horry County Board of Education has been short a member for two months, but officials have a plan in place to fill the empty seat by May.
Kay Loftus, who represented District 4, died Feb. 29 at the age of 66. She served on the board for 14 years. She was known for her dedication to student learning and long-term knowledge of Horry County Schools.
The unexpired term requirement is spelled out in the board governance policies, so this is pursuant to your own policies.
Kenneth Generette, Horry County Schools staff attorney
Per board regulations, Loftus’ seat must be filled within three months of her passing. Unlike other boards, vacancies on the board of education are filled by appointment by the board until the next election, according to staff attorney Kenneth Generette. Loftus’ term was set to expire this December.
Anyone who resides in District 4 can apply for the position, Generette said. District 4 includes St. James, Socastee, Myrtle Beach and areas of Carolina Forest.
Candidates must fill out a form – which can be found on the district’s website – and return it to the district office no later than 4:30 p.m. May 10. The filing must include four letters of recommendation.
The board will review applications and interview prospective members at a date to be determined, Generette said. A new representative will be sworn in no later than May 29 – the three month deadline. The newest member will serve until January, when a new member is elected.
“It may very well be in the board’s best interest if we have applicants who are willing to serve temporarily,” said Joe DeFeo, board chairman.
District 4 includes St. James, Socastee, Myrtle Beach and areas of Carolina Forest.
Four people have filed to run for the District 4 seat. Three Republicans will face off in a primary election June 14 and face Democratic candidate Catherine Cameron in the November general election. Candidates who have filed for election cannot apply for the temporary seat, Generette said.
“The main point of that is we do not want to interfere with this election,” DeFeo said.
Claire Byun: 843-626-0381, @Claire_TSN