December 14, 2004
The final Columbia County School Board meeting of 2004 is tonight. And it marks the end of a four-year term for one board member.
Lee Muns is stepping down as District Five’s school board member. Today, he shares new details about the GOP’s relationship with Linda Schrenko and his future as the county’s republican leader.
Lee Muns knows some are still upset he allowed Linda Schrenko to volunteer for the Republican Party in November.
“She shared with me very briefly because I did not want to know the details, that there was an investigation going on,” Muns said.
Less than two weeks after the election, Schrenko entered a Not Guilty plea to charges of stealing more than $600,000 meant for school children. Muns says he did not know when the indictment would come down. He emphasized Schrenko served only as a volunteer, staffing GOP headquarters.
“Some of the people that have been detractors in that area, I said look, I didn’t see you coming up here to volunteer,” Muns said.
Muns said that in his mind it was not a mistake to include her.
Muns says he last spoke with Schrenko last month, when she asked to attend the November 27 GOP breakfast.
“I told her basically I didn’t have a problem with it but it probably would be best for her not to come,” Muns said.
Schrenko, just one of the topics Muns touches on during a wide-ranging interview at his welding business in Beech Island.
As for his fellow board members, he says they didn’t always agree. But he has high praise for Superintendent Tommy Price, saying Price handles rezoning issues well.
“Instead of saying ‘I don’t want to do this and I don’t want to do that,’ say ‘OK, I know I gotta go and get in there, roll your sleeves up and make this school the best it can be’,” Muns said.
As for his 4 years on the board?
“I didn’t come to the board to win a popularity contest. I came to the board to serve the people in my district. And I believe I’ve done that,” Muns said.
So as his role on the school board comes to an end tonight, he hopes his position as GOP Chairman continues.
The Columbia County Republican Party holds its election on March 5.
He is sticking by Linda Schrenko, even as others are distancing themselves. Lee Muns wants people to withhold judgment of Schrenko until the case is tried in court. And he is familiar with the judicial process. His son, Chad Muns, is serving a 2 and a half year sentence on two counts of statutory rape. Lee Muns expects his son to be released by next October.