By Barbara Spell
During the Sullivan’s Island Town Council meeting on Tuesday, March 20, the Council voted to abandon the lawsuit against Islanders for a Smaller School, et al. regarding their petition for a referendum to be able to vote on the size of the potential new elementary school on Sullivan’s Island.
During their February meeting, the Sullivan’s Island Town Council requested that a judge rule on the referendum “in the interest of fairness and clarity, so that all parties have an opportunity to present their views, and to assure full participation and an open and impartial process,” according to a press release provided by Councilmember Jerry Kaynard on February 16.
By the close of business on Friday, March 9, five Sullivan’s Island residents had delivered letters to Town Hall agreeing to accept service in the lawsuit, stating that they would be representing themselves in a court of law.
In spite of the vote, the certified petition is still a legally valid petition. Under South Carolina law, the Town does not have to undertake the referendum for a year after the filing of the petition, but a suit can be brought if a referendum is not held within the appropriate time frame.