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Beaufort County school board to elect new chairman tonight

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 Sept. 21, 2015, to discuss issues surrounding the hiring of Moss' wife, Darlene, 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 Sept. 21, 2015, to discuss issues surrounding the hiring of Moss' wife, Darlene, to an administrative position with the district. jkarr@islandpacket.com

The Beaufort County Board of Education will elect a new chairman at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight, about a month after the resignation of former board leader Bill Evans.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Beaufort County Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road, in Beaufort. It will follow a closed-door executive session at 5 p.m.

Board member JoAnn Orischak says she plans to nominate Joseph Dunkle, co-chair of the human resources committee and a board member since only January. Dunkle has said he would accept a nomination, though other members have declined to comment ahead of the election.

Vice-chair Mary Cordray has been leading meetings since Evans stepped down Oct. 6 following calls for his resignation by Orischak.

She argued Evans had left out several details from a timeline of the hiring of Darlene Moss, wife of superintendent Jeff Moss, in September. Evans had sent the timeline to the S.C. Ethics Commission, which has received at least two complaints about the short-lived administrative hire, which ended in Darlene Moss' resignation Sept. 19.

A special election to fill the District 2 seat vacated by Evans will be held Feb. 2, according to the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County. Evans represented portions of Beaufort, Lady's Island and Fripp Island.

Petition filing has been open since Oct. 20, but no one had filed as of Monday, according to county elections director Marie Smalls.

Filing closes Dec. 1 and the board must certify the petitions by Dec. 15.

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

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