COLUMBIA — A woman who teaches her children at home could be nominated to lead the state Education Board.

Kristin Maguire of Clemson said she has several commitments from other board members.

The 17-member board will meet Wednesday in Columbia.

The board's nominating committee will present Trip DuBard of Florence as its preferred candidate to be chairman-elect. But other candidates can be nominated. To win the election, the candidate needs at least nine votes.

The winner would serve as chairman in 2009.

Maguire home-schools her four daughters.

According to a spokesman for the National Association of State Boards of Education, no other state has a home-school educator as chairman of its public education policy-making board.

A former journalist, DuBard worked in his family's beverage business until it was sold recently.