Some members of the Cherokee County Board of Education are still in limbo as to which district map they’ll be qualifying under next week. And, there’s a chance they still may not know when qualifying begins on Wednesday.
House Bill 978, which changes the way school board members are elected and draws two members out of their districts, was sent to the Department of Justice for pre-clearance on April 5. The process typically takes 60 days, though school board attorney Tom Roach said he requested an expedited review, which is expected to be completed by June 5.
“It’s the worst situation to be in,” Roach said.
Should the new district maps not be approved by the end of business next Tuesday, Roach said the county’s election superintendent would be responsible to decide the next step. That could include requalifying once the new