CLOVER -- As long as Bob Magee wants to serve on the Clover school board, his fellow members will support him.
On June 30, several Lake Wylie residents questioned Magee's representation after learning he sold his Lake Wylie home. The board did not take a stand at that meeting.
But during Monday's work session, the board agreed to put up a unified front, said Greg Reid, Clover School District spokesman.
"This is not a black and white issue," Reid said. "Basically, it comes down to the intent of the board member, if they want to be part of the community. Bob Magee does. As long as his intent is there, the board supports him 100 percent."
The situation came up when Sherri Ciurlik, a Crowders Creek Middle School student parent, was told last month by the district office that Magee no longer lives at 5099 Willow Pond Road, the address listed with the school board. She and a small group addressed the school board and are now talking about starting a petition.
Magee said the Willow Pond home was sold in June after his wife and son moved to the Clemson area because of her job relocation. Magee said he now lives with his brother about three miles away at 4435 River Oaks Road.
He said Ciurlik's complaints are more about "character assassination" than actual decisions of the board because of her interest in running for school board.
"Everybody's got an agenda," he said. "There's not an issue other than an individual who's taken it upon herself to misstate the facts."
Ciurlik, however, says the issue is about representation, although she recently told the Enquirer-Herald she's considering running for school board.
"The job Magee is supposed to be doing isn't getting done," she wrote in a letter to Enquirer-Herald.
Ciurlik said she has encouraged Magee to meet with residents in the community to discuss the situation, but so far Magee has not agreed to do so.
Magee said no one has come to him with specific questions.
"I've gotten a lot of comments, but not questions," he said.
Some Lake Wylie residents are critical about the board's decision to remain a one-high school district instead of building a new high school in the Lake Wylie area.
"There are people who are interested in spending a lot of money that we don't have right now, and that would be placed on the backs of taxpayers and businesses," Magee said of the high school decision. "I don't believe it's a very sound option right now."
Ciurlik wants to know if Magee will step down if enough people petition him to do so.
"It all comes down to ethics," Ciurlik said. "He's hiding behind the letter of the law."
Magee is confident he's doing right by Lake Wylie residents.
"To the best of my knowledge, everything is fine," he said. "Where I live is 4435 River Oaks Road."
-- Enquirer-Herald editor Shannon Greene contributed