The resolution calls on the four members to “officially reconsider their actions” or “renounce their affiliation with the Republican Party.”
The measure, which was adopted at the party’s Friday meeting, names Post 1 Board of Education member Robert Wofford; Post 2 member Mike Chapman; Post 4 member Janet Read; and board chair Rick Steiner.
“They are all claiming to be Republicans,” said John Marinko, who serves as the vice chair of fundraising for the Cherokee County Republican Party. “The Cherokee County Republican Party is in favor of charter schools and they voted against it.”
The Cherokee Charter Academy charter petition has been denied three times in the past two years by the Cherokee County Board of Education.
The last denial came at a June 30 special meeting. The petition was denied in a 4-3 vote.
Cherokee Charter has since gained approval from the Georgia Board of Education as a state special charter school and is scheduled to open Monday.
Both Chapman and Read declined to comment on the resolution; however, both said they were preparing written statements on the issue.
“This will not go unanswered,” Chapman said.
When reached at home yesterday afternoon, Wofford also declined to comment, saying he had not read the resolution.
Steiner could not be reached by deadline.
All seven members of the Cherokee Board of Education identify themselves as Republicans.
The resolution names no punishment if the four board members fail to meet the party’s demands.
“This does not have a lot of teeth now, but it will later,” Marinko said. “We will not condone their actions. The next time they come around for election, they will not find support from the Cherokee County Republican Party.”