Tuesday, May 11, 2021

May 11th Board Meeting - Holmes Embarrasses Herself

When will the board wise up and ditch their masks during board meetings? They are social-distanced and further protected by the plastic side shields. When they mumble through their masks, they are often hard to understand.

The May 11th Board meeting got off to a slow start with another long-winded introduction of the inspirational speaker and then a very long Inspiration Moment. McKie must be hitting all the Toastmasters' meetings to practice her introductions, which need to be much shorter. Who cares if the speaker's daughter is a "track star extraordinaire"? The speaker (assistant principal at Ridge View HS) should have been told that he had two-three minutes for an inspiration message. And McKie should be told that she has 30 seconds for the introduction!

Once the business of the board began, it was time for the Board to approve the Consent Agenda. Trustee Agostini requested that Item 7.4 be removed from the Consent Agenda and made the appropriate Motion. Trustee Scott seconded. 

During the vote, trustee-elect Holmes said she was going to abstain, because she "really didn't understand the Motion."

How could Holmes sit on the Board for 2½ years and fail to learn enough about parliamentary procedure not to understand what pulling an item from the Consent Agenda means?

It's simple. The item is removed from the combined vote on the items in the Consent Agenda. The item removed is then discussed separately and voted on. Further, no explanation is needed to abstain from voting. You just don't vote. Period.

When the remainder of the Consent Agenda was voted on, it passed 5-0-2. That's five in favor; none against; two abstaining.

Then Item 7.4 was addressed. Trustee Agostini moved to postpone Item 7.4 to the May 25th board meeting. Trustee Scott seconded.

Discussion was opened, and trustee-elect McKie asked why. Mrs. Agostini explained that the proposal in Item 7.4 had just been delivered to the board yesterday (Monday) morning and she hadn't had time to evaluate it. She wanted the vote postponed to the May 25th meeting. No other questions arose, the Chair Manning called for the vote.

Holmes, attending by phone, voted No. 

Agostini, Caution-Parker and McFadden voted Yes; i.e., to move the item to May 25.

McKie, Holmes, Manning and Scott voted No. In other words, jump now. Don't wait. Which of them really read and understood the proposal in Item 7.4, which never reached public view?

When the vote was tallied, it was 3-4; the motion to postpone Item 7.4 to May 25th failed. 

What was the rush? Why didn't trustees get adequate time to evaluate Item 7.4? One has to wonder why that vote was buried in the Consent Agenda, instead of coming up as New Business.

Then McKie moved to approve Item 7.4, and Caution-Parker seconded. When discussion opened, Trustee Scott led off with her questions. That's plural. Ten (10) of them!

Listen to Trustee Scott's questions and the staff answers (starting at 33:38 in the recording) about a purchase of a forklift and a Volvo (XC-40?) electric car  for the Innovative Course. State funds are going to be sucked up for some (most?) of the costs.

The staffer referred often to Special Ed students. It was a big smoke-and-mirrors act.

Hear about candy production and sales to staff and, later, outside the building. There must be a culinary arts program.

I checked out at 41 minutes into the 2 hr. 13 min. meeting. I didn't stick around for the vote. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

JUUL class-action lawsuit - Round 2

Tomorrow night the Richland 2 School Board will vote whether to join in on a class-action lawsuit regarding the JUUL product.

Remember when this first came up. It died a proper death at a school board vote. As I recall, only six board members were present, and the vote was 3-3. The Chair had to be reminded that a tie-vote meant that the Motion failed.

This item never should have gotten up to bat again. But the Chair and the Supt. put their heads together and put in on the agenda. 

Unfortunately, this is a rotten example of school board tactics. When something failed to get approval, that was supposed to be the end of it.

And it is, unless the superintendent wants it. Board member McFadden switched horses. Previously, she had sided with the two board members who also voted No. 

Did The Squad work on her, as this JUUL issue came around a second time? 

Who gets rich in a class-action lawsuit? The lawyers. Not the plaintiffs. 

Is this just a resume-enhancing step, to jump on the JUUL train? Whether or not there is ever an economic benefit to Richland 2? 

Will someone be able to say, "Well, I was there, when we sued them." 

Richland 2 has virtually no adverse exposure. Out of 28,000 students, they have been almost no cases of discipline for JUUL or cigarettes.

And, even if there have been a few disciplinary cases, it's a minor infraction. And it's a personal issue.

I'd say there are much bigger issues to give time to.

Call the members of the school board and tell them to vote NO.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Voters on C.R.T. - Thumbs Down

Are you educating yourself on Critical Race Theory (C.R.T.) and The 1619 Project?

Read this excellent article from The Heritage Foundation, titled "Voters in Dallas Suburb Lead Revolt Against Critical Race Theory Curriculum".

When you read words, such as sensitivity training, diversity, inclusion training, equity, anti-racism, your internal radar system should blow a fuse. How often to you read and hear these words in Richland 2 Board Meetings, where the trustees are supposed to be directing the superintendent?

Richland 2 talks and talks and talks about being a premier school district, when it is moving farther and farther toward the liberal end of the seesaw.

How many of the Richland 2 trustees support Critical Race Theory? To what extent do the Administration and Staff support it?

Every time a staff presentation is made to the Board or a Board member blabs on and on about diversity, hundreds of parents should be standing up in board meetings and shouting "NO". 

But right there is the problem. Parents are not showing up for board meetings. Even now seating controls the number and holds it to about 30. You know, "social distancing". 

Keep in mind, too, that there continue to be two illegitimate women on the Board. Amelia McKie and Teresa Holmes still have never taken the oath of office legally! Two and one-half years have passed since they were elected. The issue of the oath of office was first raised in January 2019. 

One of these days they are going to get the "opportunity" to explain to the Justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court why they believe they are not usurping public office. And then the District is going to have to go all the way back to November 13, 2018 and correct every vote by the Board, removing the votes cast by McKie and Holmes. 

The District should recover all monies paid to them as their compensation ($800/month, now for 2½ years) and for their expenses (National and State School Boards Associations memberships, travel, room & board at meetings, etc.) 

Their case will blow up with only two questions:

1. On what date did you take the oath of office? November 13, 2018

2. On what date did you first become eligible to take the oath of office? December 4, 2018

So you took the oath before you were eligible to do so; right? Yes

They will be retroactively removed from the board.

Are there board members who can read and understand S.C. Code of Laws Section 8-13-1110(A)? When they don't continually object to the presence and participation of two illegitimate board members, do they become complicit and culpable in the problem? 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Special Board Meeting - May 7, 4:00PM

The Richland 2 School Board has called a Special Meeting for tomorrow, Friday, May 6, at 4:00PM at R2i2.

The board will immediately go into hiding (err, Executive Session) to discuss "security personnel or devices regarding school buses".

How much money will they decide to spend with virtually no discussion or consideration?

This is, no doubt, a knee-jerk reaction to this morning's incident during which a Fort Jackson trainee left the Fort with a rifle and boarded a school bus.

Sheriff Lott had this to say, in part, “You can just imagine they were scared to death, along with that bus driver,” That is the kind of statement that increases anxiety and worry where there may have been little or none. Maybe the kids looked at it as a little adventure, since they were together on the bus with the soldier for just a short time.

Peoples' imaginations tend to run wild and imagine worst-case scenarios. The students and driver were off the bus within blocks. They weren't kidnapped for hours or days!

Here is exactly why anti-gunner S.C. State Sen. Mia McLeod should be dumped at the next election. It's too bad she was just re-elected, because the state senate will have to put up with her until the Fall of 2024. The following appeared in The State newspaper today:

"State Sen. Mia McLeod, D-Richland, said on Twitter she was grateful no one was hurt, but also made a political point following the hijacking which took place the same day the state Senate is scheduled to debate open carry of firearms.

“THIS MORNING IN MY DISTRICT: Fort Jackson trainee arrested after hijacking a school bus full of children, and yet the Senate GOP, is forcing us to debate and (probably) pass yet another expansive gun bill,” McLeod tweeted." 

“THIS MORNING IN MY DISTRICT: Fort Jackson trainee arrested after hijacking a school bus full of children, and yet the Senate GOP, is forcing us to debate and (probably) pass yet another expansive gun bill,” McLeod tweeted." 

The po', li'l Democrats are being "forced" to debate open carry? They'll be whining soon about being oppressed by the white GOP majority in the S.C. Senate. Please pass the barf bag.

McLeod may score a few points with her Democrat buddies and the nervous Nellies in MOMs Demand Action. The soldier's leaving the Fort with a rifle has absolutely, ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with open carry or, in her opinion, "expansive gun" legislation. That typical liberal whining in inexcusable.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

What is Critical Race Theory?

Have you been looking for an easy-to-understand explanation of Critical Race Theory?

Try on this, from PragerU.com

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1984 is here (it's back)

Is double-speak okay? Sugar-coating? Using feel-good terms, so you don't offend someone?

Whatever happened to telling the truth?

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott may be about to find out.

Last week Pres. Biden's honchos laid out a new policy, giving them some P.C. language to use and some words to stop using.

"The Biden administration sent memos to immigration officials last week regarding their new far-left immigration policies, which included telling officials to no longer use terms like “illegal alien.”

"The memo orders immigration officials to make changes in rhetoric such as substituting “noncitizen or migrant” for “alien,” “undocumented” for “illegal,” and “integration” for “assimilation.' " (Source: www.republicandaily.net, April 28, 2021)

How does Chief Scott feel about that memo? His response was that "he can’t comply with the Biden administration’s softening of legal terms to refer to illegal aliens."

Chief Scott is exactly right. People who cross the border illegally are "illegal aliens"; not some other "soft", inoffensive term! I suspect Chief Scott will retire soon. Or be retired.

How minimum-wage (or higher) employees may act.

This was copied from a friend's Facebook post. It clearly shows that Walmart is over-paying that employee. Even minimum-wage would be too high for that employee.

THIS IS HOW BAD IT IS OUT THERE...So I am at Walmart scanning and bagging my almost $300 worth of groceries while the employee that wants $15 an hour "monitors" and then this happened.
Her - why are you double bagging all of your groceries?
Me - excuse me?
Her - you are wasting our bags!
Me - if you don't like the way I'm bagging the groceries, feel free to come on over here and bag them yourself.
Her - that's not my job!
Me - okay, then I will bag my groceries how I please if that's all right with you.
Her - why are you using two bags?!
Me - because the bags are weak and I don't want the handles to break or the bottoms to rip out.
Her - well that's because you are putting too much stuff in the bag. If you took half of that stuff out and put it in a different bag then you wouldn't need to double bag.
*10 seconds of me just staring at her.
Me - so you want me to split these items in half and put half of them in a different bag so that I don't have to double bag.
Her - exactly.
Me - so I would still be using two bags to hold the same number of items.
Her - no because you wouldn't be double bagging.
*me pressing two fingers to my left eye in an attempt to make it stop twitching.
Me - okay so here I have a jug of milk and a bottle of juice double bagged. If I take the milk out and remove the double bagging and just put the milk in the single bag and the juice in that single bag I'm still using two bags for these two items.
Her- no because you are not double bagging them so it's not the same number of bags.
*me looking around at about 10 other customers who at this point are enjoying the show.
Me- is this like that Common Core math stuff I keep hearing about?
Her- never mind you just don't get it.
And with that she went back to her little Podium so she could continue texting or playing games on her phone or whatever it was she was doing before she decided to come over and critique my bagging skills.