Murphy seeks to return to Richland-Lexington 5 school board

tflach@thestate.comMarch 28, 2013 

Kim Murphy

Ousted Lexington-Richland 5 school board member Kim Murphy launched a legal effort Thursday to reclaim the post.

Her pair of challenges contend the other six school board members lack authority to kick her off the panel for alleged nonresidency in Richland County.

Murphy also says she is the victim of a surveying error by county officials that she is trying to correct, as well as numerous procedural errors by the board.

“They did so much stuff wrong, it was hard to stop listing it,” Todd Kincannon, Murphy’s lawyer, said Thursday.

Board members ousted Murphy March 19 from the post to which she was elected in November 2010.

The decision came after state geographers said her home in the Chapin area is just inside of Lexington County instead of Richland County as long thought, a finding that came after political foes raised questions.

Murphy, a Tea Party favorite, often is at odds with other board members on spending and oversight of classrooms with 16,000 students in Chapin, Irmo, Dutch Fork, Harbison and St. Andrews.

Other board members say the ouster was necessary when it became clear she does not live in Richland County as required.

She was ousted under the board’s ability to remove members for cause, they have said.

Her appealsare filed in Richland County circuit court and the state Administrative Law Court.

Reach Flach at (803) 771-8483.

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