Saturday, May 18, 2019

Was there a Resolution for the bond documents?

A very serious question has arisen at the Richland 2 School Board about documents connected with the $468,000,000 bond that voters approved in November 2018. The question pertains to wording in two certifications that appear to have been added to the standard bond-document language.

Previously, I have written about the "Certificate of Incumbency" and the "Signature and No-Litigation Certificate".

It was over these that the Board Secretary, Lindsay Agostini, resigned her position as Board Secretary. She continues to serve on the School Board.

She resigned as Board Secretary to avoid the risk of personal and civil liability by signing those bond documents.

According to her public statement on April 30, 2019 School Board meeting she was to be briefed on those documents at the April 23rd "workshop" (Special Board meeting). She wasn't. The first time she saw the documents was after her personal attorney reviewed them.

When matters happen, or don't happen, at official meetings, it is because of planning, cooperation and decisions between the Board Chair and the Superintendent. They make the final decision of the Agenda.

The board should have been fully briefed on those documents in public. Board members should have asked questions and received answers. And then there should have been a Resolution that authorized the Board Chair and the Board Secretary to sign on behalf of the District.

In other words, the full Board takes the responsibility and bears the weight (and consequences) of the authority, completeness, honesty, truthfulness and accuracy of the documents to be signed.

No video of the April 23, 2019 Special Board Meeting has yet been published by the District on its website or YouTube. Was the meeting recorded?

The Minutes of the April 23, 2019 are completely insufficient. It is impossible to know what happened at that meeting from the written Minutes.

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