The Guilford County Republican Party issued a press release on Monday, Sept. 11 titled, “Guilford County Republican Party moves forward with seating Mr. Logan according to the law.”
Earlier that same day, the Guilford County Board of Education voted to hire another team of attorneys to explain to them exactly what the recently passed state law concerning filling the District 3 school board seat requires them to do.
At the Sept. 11 school board meeting, school board attorney Jill Wilson said several times that the school board would not be deciding who represented District 3.
According to the press release, the Guilford County Republican Party has no doubts about what the law requires as far as filling the District 3 school board seat. The press release states, “The seat became vacant on August 17, 2023 when SB9 [Senate Bill 9] was ratified. Per Session Law 2023-112 SECTION 3.(a), ‘The term of any individual appointed by the Guilford County Board of Education to fill a vacancy occurring between December 1, 2022, and the effective date of this act shall expire on the effective date of this act.’”
Chairman of the Guilford County Republican Party Chris Meadows in the press release states, “The Board has no voice or vote in the matter but the Democrats are attempting to take control by seeking an outside firm to thwart the law. It is clear by the actions of the Democrats that they have no respect for the law. This type of anarchic behavior is setting a reprehensible example for the 70,000 students GCS serves.”
The press release notes that in accordance with state law the Guilford County Republican Party Executive Committee nominated Michael Logan to fill the District 3 school board seat on August 30 and submitted that nomination to the Superintendent of the Guilford County Schools on Aug. 31.
The press release states, “According to Session Law 2023-112, ‘the nominee shall take the oath of office at the next regular meeting of the Guilford County Board of Education following submission of a nomination to the Superintendent of Schools of Guilford County.’”
Meadows also states, “We expect Mr. Logan to be sworn in and seated at the next regular Board meeting scheduled for September 19, 2023.”