Filing closes for school board seat

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By Travis Jenkins

Two names, including one of the county’s most recognizable, will appear on the ballot for a special election to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Laurens Fort, who passed away last month.

Kena Funderburk, a senior compliance officer, filed the necessary paperwork to seek the District II opening. Also filing to run was long-time Great Falls resident John Smith. From 1969 until 2016, Smith was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Great Falls High School, where he set the state record for wins (943) and his teams won eight state championships.

According to Chester County Elections Director Terry Graham, the election will be held on June 20. People wishing to vote in the election should register no later than May 20. The polls on the day of the election will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., with only voters in District II participating. The Beckhamville, Fort Lawn, Hazelwood, Richburg, Rossville and Great Falls precincts will be open that day.