Wednesday, April 3, 2019

What would YOU call this?

Let's say a person walked into your business, sat down at a desk and started answering the phone and writing checks on your business account. What would you do?

Or let's say a person bought a badge, pinned it on the front of his shirt and started writing tickets to jaywalkers? What would you do?

Or a person walked into a bank, hopped over the counter, cleaned out the till and walked out?

Or let's say a person took an oath of office when she wasn't legally entitled to, and then sat in a selected chair at public meetings, heard confidential student matters, voted on them, or maybe even ran meetings?

When a person assumes duties in a "public body" (ex., state, city, county government; school board) to which she is not entitled and is allowed to do so unchallenged by other equal members of that public body, what would YOU call this?

There isn't just one person who has assumed such duties. There are two such persons. And right here on the Richland 2 School Board.

The problem is that, when each took the oath of office on November 13, 2018 and entered upon official duties, neither was eligible to do so - under South Carolina law! Section 8-13-1110(A).

Neither had filed the required Statement of Economic Interests with the South Carolina Ethics. Commission. Each filed that Statement on December 4, 2018. Neither has taken the oath of office after filing the Statement.

Therefore, neither is legally on the Board. Yet there they sit.

This continues to be a problem not only for the two women there illegally, but now also for the five legal members of the Board who are doing nothing to stop them. And will the problem overflow to the Superintendent?

Couldn't he - shouldn't he - advise the five legal members of the Board that Amelia McKie and Teresa Holmes need to be sworn in?

Doing so will force the District to acknowledge that it has been operating since November 13, 2018 with two persons improperly involved in Board matters. Many votes will have to be undone. Some matters concerning students will be reversed.

What can you do? Email or phone Board members (names and phone numbers on Richland 2's website) and tell them to fix this now.

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