Irmo, SC (WLTX) - Kim Murphy is officially off the Lexington-Richland 5 School Board.
The council decided to remove her from the board Tuesday night.
The issue surrounding Murphy was whether or not she actually lives in the area that she represents on the board. A judge ruled Murphy's home is actually in Lexington County, while she represents Richland County on the board.
"I think this is a big smokescreen," Murphy said afterward. "It's covering up a lot of important things that are going on right now in our school district and that should be our focus. And I don't quite see how they can usurp the voice of 6,000 voters and disenfranchise the voters who voted for me."
"At some point when you know something, you have to deal with it, and unfortunately we had to deal with it in this manner," said Robert Gantt, the district board chairman. "And I hoped she would do the right thing and step aside. That's happened all over the state. That's not an uncommon thing. But that hasn't happened and I don't know where it will go from here."
Murphy's attorney, Todd Kincannon, said the decision will be appealed.