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The Horry County School Board announced Monday night that they would be interviewing eight candidates for the District 1 board seat on Monday, Nov. 11.

The candidates will be Deloria G. Armstrong, Marilyn A. Cox, Wyndham Russell Freeman, Micah Paul Gore, Richard Marcus Jordan, Sr., Joni Clayman Poff, William B. von Herrmann, and Dana Zamrik.

District 1 encompasses North Myrtle Beach and parts of Myrtle Beach.

The seat became available after the resignation of previous District 1 member Holly Heniford, after her Sept. 6 arrest on a driving under the influence charge.

According to their applications, Armstrong is a retired educator of 36 years, Cox also was a teacher for 33 years, and Freeman is a Methodist pastor with three children in Horry County Schools. Gore is a former educator and educational consultant who ran for the District 1 seat in 2018, Jordan is a consultant and former president of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Poff is a retired educator of 34 years. William B. von Herrmann is an Horry County attorney, and Zamrik is the owner of a North Myrtle Beach restaurant.

The board will interview the candidates on Nov. 11, and whoever is chosen that evening will be officially sworn in during the Nov. 19 meeting. The originally scheduled Nov. 18 meeting was moved to Nov. 19 during Monday night's work session.

In other board news:

- The board will vote next week regarding adopting a paid sick leave donation policy which would allow district employees to donate sick leave directly to another district employee in need. The recipient must be absent due to a serious health condition as defined by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The proposed policy, if accepted, would be implemented in January. A questionnaire sent to employees garnered “overwhelmingly positive” feedback, according to Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Anderson. Only 60 days are allowed under FMLA policy, she said, and any amount donated over that number would be credited back to the donating individuals.

- Superintendent Rick Maxey congratulated the 20 teams in Horry County that came out as regional champions in sports this season. They were:

Football: Aynor High, Carolina Forest High, Green Sea Floyds High and Myrtle Beach High

Volleyball: Carolina Forest High and North Myrtle Beach High

Tennis: Aynor High, Conway High, Myrtle Beach High

Cross Country (girls): Aynor High, St. James High

Cross Country (boys): Aynor High, Carolina Forest, North Myrtle Beach High

Swimming (girls): Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach High

Swimming (boys): Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach High

Golf (girls): Carolina Forest, North Myrtle Beach High



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