Michalik not running for re-election to Sumter School District Board

Alston, McQuilla still undecided

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 7/18/18

With a relatively light agenda, the biggest news from Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting Monday might actually have been afterward when Vice Chairwoman Karen Michalik said she would not be seeking re-election in …

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Michalik not running for re-election to Sumter School District Board

Alston, McQuilla still undecided

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With a relatively light agenda, the biggest news from Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting Monday might actually have been afterward when Vice Chairwoman Karen Michalik said she would not be seeking re-election in November.

Michalik has represented Area 2 on the school board since the consolidated district's formation in 2011.

She said her family's name will still be on the November ballot because her husband, John, has decided to run for the seat and filed Monday with the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections office.

For the past several years, John Michalik has served as principal at Lakewood High School but retired from the district as an educator this spring.

Seats on the Sumter School Board are non-partisan. Filing started Monday and continues through Aug. 15.

After Monday's meeting, board members Linda Alston (Area 1) and Lucille McQuilla (Area 3) said they are still undecided on whether they will run for re-election.

Six seats on the nine-member board are up for election in November. Area 4 Trustee Johnny Hilton and at-large board member Bonnie Disney have filed, and at-large board member William Byrd has previously announced his intention to run.

Before being elected to the consolidated board, Karen Michalik was a Sumter School District 2 board member from 2002-11.

Other school district news

In other news from Monday's meeting:

- District Assistant Superintendent Brenda Hafner announced the district's theme for the upcoming school year is "Energetic and Powerful" and that it will be unveiled Monday at a leadership meeting at Crestwood High School. Hafner provided the interim superintendent's report in place of Debbie Hamm, who was absent due to health reasons, according to board Chairman the Rev. Daryl McGhaney; and

- The district's annual back-to-school meeting for teachers and staff is set for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1:30 p.m. at Sumter County Civic Center. As is the norm, the district's teacher of the year for the upcoming year will be announced at that meeting.