Fort Mill Times

Clover school board Seat 5 candidate drops out

The Clover School District Board of Trustees candidate race for Seat 5 is less crowded.

Ken Wilson, 52, a retired paramedic living in the Lake Wylie area for more than 20 years, said Sept. 29 he is dropping out of the race for personal reasons.

That leaves incumbent Rob Wallace, who was appointed to replace the late Barbara Parrish, facing Jamie Henrickson.

Wallace said his advantage in his first election is having board experience. A Clover High School graduate, he has two children at Crowders Creek Elementary School. He is employed as a manufacturer representative and industrial sales. He has served on the Clover Chamber of Commerce and as coach for recreation leagues and helped with The Landing swim team.

Henrickson said the main reason her family moved here five years ago was for school district, but she wants to provide a positive direction for the future and cut wasteful spending. Henrickson, who has a background in financial management, also has two children at Crowders Creek Elementary School. She has served as a room parent and volunteers at the school.

Incumbent Sherri Ciurlik is also contested for Seat 2 by Michael Nagy.

Ciurlik, mother of three, has two students in Clover schools, and one graduated from Clover High School in June. She has served as PTA president at Crowders Creek Elementary School, PTSO president at Oakridge Middle School, was a board member for Clover Area Assistance Center, where she now volunteers, and Clover LEAF.

Nagy, who works in US Airways operations management, has three children in Clover schools. He served on the Moon Area School District school board, outside of Pittsburgh, and on the redistricting committee there before moving to Lake Wylie. He said he decided run because he’s concerned about falling test scores and the bond referendum that passed in the spring, especially because of the divisiveness of the bond between the Clover and Lake Wylie communities.

Joe Gordon, incumbent for Seat 1, is unopposed, as is Mack McCarter’s at-large seat.