Politics & Government

Incumbents keep Clover school board seats

The incumbents in the Clover School District Board of Trustees will keep their seats.

Two candidates – Joe Gordon, seat 1, and Mack McCarter, at-large – were unopposed.

According to unofficial results posted by the S.C.. Election Commission, Rob Wallace will keep seat 5, having edged out opponent Jamie Henrickson with 51.29 percent or 3,051 votes to Henrickson’s 48.34 percent or 2,875 votes. There were 22 write-ins bringing the total votes cast to 5,948.

Seat 2 incumbent Sherri Ciurlik kept a strong lead over Michael Nagy, capturing 57.55 percent or 4,227 votes to Nagy’s 42.18 percent or 3,098. There were 20 write-ins, bringing the total votes cast to 7,345, according to the unofficial posted results Nov. 4.

Seat 5

Wallace, 36, a Clover businessman with three children in the schools, was running for re-election for the first time after being appointed more than a year ago to complete the four-year term of the late Barbara Parrish. Seat 5 represents the central Lake Wylie area.

Wallace was challenged by Henrickson, 43, who works for AvidXchange and has two children in the schools. Both are Lake Wylie residents.

“I’m excited to get back in and happy people have the confidence to put me back in,” he said.

During his first run for the seat, he said “I went with the punches and hoped people believed we are going in the right direction.”

Now, he said it’s time to look at redisricting for the new elementary and middle schools and keep an eye on what’s coming next, including implementing the bond projects.

“Having kids and being from Clover, I want to make sure we’re going in right direction for the kids,” Wallace said.

Henrickson, who is involved in the Crowders Creek Elementary School PTA and helps in the classrooms, said she was running because she disagreed with board decisions, such as the $67 million bond approved by voters as part of a $99 million school construction package.

Seat 2

In seat 2, incumbent Ciurlik, a former teacher who has served one four-year term, faced Nagy, who also has sat on a school board in Pennsylvania. Seat 2 represents the northern portion of Lake Wylie.

“I’m thrilled,” said Ciurlik, watching for the results with her family at home. “It means I can finish up some of the things I started, and overseeing wonderful things like the new schools that we’re building.”

Ciurlik said she took her signs down around town at 7 p.m. after the polls closed.

“I’m grateful for everyone who supported me and we’ll grow the programs that we should,” she said, mentioning Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying campaign.

Ciurlik also applauded her opponent.

“Michael ran a wonderfully clean, hard working campaign,” Ciurlik said. “I hope he stays involved. He’s a good guy and would have been a good board member, too.”

Ciurlik, who has three children, two are in the schools and one graduated from Clover High School, has been involved with the schools for 13 years through PTA/PTO member and president at Crowders Creek and Oakridge Middle School, school Improvement Committees, member of Cloverleaf and Clover High School Athletic Boosters. She also works with the Pack the Back program and Rachel’s Challenge events.

“There are still some things I’m very passionate about I think I can help with in the district,” she said during the election campaign.

Nagy, who has three children in the schools, named a few reasons for including preparing for growth, concern about the bond debt, and bringing the Lake Wylie and Clover communities together.

Board members in Clover are unpaid, but do receive compensation for district-related travel. Board members serve four-year terms, which begin either one week or at the first meeting after the election results are certified.

The Clover School District Board of Trustees holds its regular meetings on the third Monday of each month with the exception of January and February due to holidays. Meetings are held at the district administration building, 604 Bethel St., Clover.