Clark asks council to oppose seventh SDPC board district

COUNTY — When Weldon Clark arrived for Monday night’s meeting of Pickens County Council and signed up to speak, he was surprised to find that he was the only resident scheduled to take the podium. Usually two or more residents take the opportunity to address council members in a public forum.

But Clark was quick and to the point with his comments, asking the council members to oppose the proposed addition of a seventh district to the Pickens County school board. Clark said he feels the movement is being led by people who do not understand Pickens County politics.

Clark said that the move would be costly, leading to new district lines being drawn for the school district. The school district currently has six members and uses the same district lines as county council.

Another proposal is to add an at-large member to the school board. But at-large districts often draw criticism from groups questioning fair representation.

Council noted that it has no authority over the school board, and cannot meddle in the affairs of the school district. Several members of the council have expressed concerns about the proposed expansion of the school district, saying the cost far exceeds the need in this matter.

Council had a light agenda Monday night, passing third reading on an ordinance concerning property owned by Cornerstone Bank and third reading on a change in an agreement for an industrial/business park for Pickens and Oconee counties.