School reformer defeats defiant establishment

Tonight in Irmo, the worst nightmare of the “establishment” comes true as outsider Kim Murphy will be sworn in as a member of Lexington-Richland School District 5 board.

Murphy, a long-time opponent of the district’s spendthrift ways, ruffled quite a few feathers earlier this year when she filed an appeal with the S.C. Administrative Law Court seeking to overturn and deny certification for a ballfield expansion project at Chapin High School.

She contended that the district had failed to demonstrate that there was no practicable alternatives for the project, which would impact area wetlands. She wanted District 5 to consider less costly and less environmentally damaging alternatives for new ballfields.

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