YORK -- At last week's public hearing that determined he can continue serving on the Clover School Board of Trustees, Bob Magee answered a host of questions from future public service plans to his interest in current ones.
He also said his role on the school board, an unpaid position, is the lone reason for his complicated residency status.
"If I was not on the school board, I would not be doing what I'm doing," Magee said, adding he does not plan to seek office again past this term, ending next year.
Magee refuted claims from challenger Sherri Ciurlik of Lake Wylie that his ability to serve is compromised by time away from the area, saying his job in sales always keeps him on the road but that he is present at almost all scheduled board meetings.
"What I do is I live out of a suitcase," he said.
The issue of tax status, which resulted in the one vote in favor of the resident challenge Wednesday night, is one of "simplicity," Magee said.
"Just out of simplicity...my wife and I file jointly," he said. "At her address."
When asked why he would want to keep such a complicated residency status, Magee cited his experience working with the board and commitment to continue through the end of his term.
"My only interest in serving that position is the children in the community," he said. "It's my intention to continue to serve the children of Clover. That's a commitment I made. I feel that I owe the citizens and the children in Clover the little bit of expertise I have in getting things done."
Ciurlik, in an e-mail sent following the meeting last week, expressed satisfaction in Magee's answers.
"Mr. Magee answered the question as to why he wanted to serve with something to the affect that he made a commitment to the board and has begun projects (the two new schools) and wants to see his commitment through," she wrote. "I know we can all respect that."
Included in the dozen people who came out to hear the proceedings were two current board members -- Kathy Cantrell and Mack McCarter -- and former board chairman Steve Brown. When asked by Ciurlik to testify, Brown stated that he never felt Magee compromised service to Clover students while the two served together.
"I'm not in his personal life, but as school board chairman at that time I saw no problem," Brown said. "As school board chairman at that time, if he was doing anything that would be hurting the board, it would have been my responsibility to make sure that didn't happen."
Brown did say, though, that if the same residency issue came up with a student, it would be possible that the student would not be allowed to attend Clover schools.
"A student versus a board person are two different things," Brown said.
Also refuting previous comments Wednesday was Ciurlik, who maintained her stance that the issue was not a personal attack on Magee.
"His address was only that, an address," she said at the meeting. "I voted for Mr. Magee. I like Mr. Magee. I think Mr. Magee is a good person. If he moved back, I would likely vote for him again."
Not voting Wednesday night was board vice chairman Ken Love, also the assistant superintendent for business services with the school district. Love excused himself "due to any possible conflict of interest or prejudice."