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Clay County citizens upset over school board proposed measure

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Updated: 8/22/2012 6:55 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Clay County citizens are outraged, after a school board member proposed an emergency measure that would overturn the voters decision in last weeks primary election. 

The measure was attempting to change the superintendent of schools from an elected position to an appointed position. 

Clay County voter Alexandra Compere says, "To insinuate that we aren't capable of choosing the right candidate and so therefore it must be the school board that chooses is very insulting to me."

Compere has brothers and sisters in the Clay County school district. She attends these meetings regularly, and says it's frustrating to feel her voice isn't heard. She says, "When they take that right away from us to be able to elect our superintendent then it puts the power in the hands of very few, rather than in the hands of the county."

Clay county Supervisor of Elections, Chris Chambless, says this shouldn't even be an issue. "There was an election, it was a proper election, and the people's voices have been heard."

Chambless says more than that it's a timing issue. Absentee ballots need to be sent out no later than 45 days before an election, and at this time it's within 30 days of that happening. 

Chambless says, "The issue with that is that while there is a mechanism we're dealing with a time frame and a time crunch right now."

And after quite a lot of speculation, Clay County chairman of the board, Carol Studdard made an announcement less than 24 hours after the initial proposal. Studdard says, "This matter has been reviewed by the school board attorney. Based on his analysis, it would be a violation of Florida law to have a meeting this Friday."
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