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Special election to replace Bill Evans would be held in February

Beaufort County School Board chairman Bill Evans listens to the parade of speakers who stood up to criticize the board and district superintendent Jeff Moss during a special school board meeting held on Monday to discuss issues surrounding the hiring of Moss' wife to an administrative position with the district.
Beaufort County School Board chairman Bill Evans listens to the parade of speakers who stood up to criticize the board and district superintendent Jeff Moss during a special school board meeting held on Monday to discuss issues surrounding the hiring of Moss' wife to an administrative position with the district. jkarr@islandpacket.com

A special election to fill the seat vacated by former Beaufort County Board of Education chairman Bill Evans last week is at least four months away, according to the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County.

The Beaufort County school board has until Oct. 20 to announce the election for the District 2 seat, representing portions of Beaufort, Lady's Island and Fripp Island.

Petition filing would then close on Dec. 1, two months after the seat was vacated. Candidates must secure signatures from 2.5 percent of their district's residents.

The elections board would then certify the petitions by Dec. 15, and the special election would be held on Feb. 2, 17 weeks after the resignation.

Those dates were provided Monday by the elections board, though it is the board of education that must call for the election.

Evans resigned Oct. 6 following calls from within the board and from residents for him to step down as chairman.

Board member JoAnn Orischak, backed by member Michael Rivers, said Evans left out important information about the controversial hiring of Darlene Moss, the wife of superintendent Jeff Moss, in a letter to the S.C. Ethics Commission, which has received at least one complaint of the alleged nepotism.

Evans, a 24-year Beaufort County School District veteran, was elected to the board in 2010.

He has not responded to requests for comment.

Follow reporter Rebecca Lurye on Twitter at twitter.com/IPBG_Rebecca.

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