Officials in Lexington-Richland School District 5 are seeking $10-million from an ousted school board member who has challenged school improvements.
The State newspaper reports that the school district is seeking the money in retaliation to Kim Murphy's efforts to halt renovations to Chapin High School.
The district feels the $10-million figure represents the increased cost of the project due to Murphy's 18-month legal challenge to nearly $46-million worth of improvements she questioned the need for.
And the newspaper reports Lexington-Richland 5 officials feel the repayment is warranted because Murphy supposedly acted for her own personal and political interests instead of for the interests of the school district.
Murphy, a Tea Party favorite, frequently challenged the other school board members on spending proposals. She says this is just another example of bullying tactics against those who criticize the school board.
Murphy is trying to get a court order to get back on the board after the other members removed her in a dispute over residency requirements.
State geographers said her Chapin-area home is more in Lexington County instead of Richland County, which she was supposed to represent in the school district that's split between the two counties.