Most of us learned to add, subtract, multiply and divide somewhere along the way. I'm not so sure about the more recent students in our schools who learned New Math and other newfangled ways to find the sum of two or more numbers. If you are a parent, you've seen the homework that your kids have brought home.
Can they add 347 + 521 without using three sheets of paper or a calculator?
How about $17.50 + $5,058.28?
OK, take your best shot here, readers. Should I run a little contest?
Is the answer $5,525.78?
If you think it is, you'll be in good company. A person sitting on the Richland 2 School Board thinks that is one of the answers. And the S.C. Ethics Commission must think so, because it accepted Campaign Disclosure Reports for three quarters (Filing Dates 5/8/19, 7/18/19 and 10/10/19) with incorrect sums.
On the Report due 1/10/19 the sum of $17.50 + $5,028.28 is correct as $5,045.78.
On the Report due 4/10/19 the sum of $17.50 + $5,058.28* is incorrect as $5525.78.
On the Report due 7/10/19 the sum of $17.50 + $5,208.28** is incorrect as $5725.78.
On the Report due 10/10/19 the sum of $17.50 + $5,208.28 is incorrect as $5725.78.
* $5,058.28 also was incorrect, because no expenditures were reported for that quarter.
** $5,208.28 also was incorrect, because no expenditures were reported for that quarter.
These reports are really simple to complete and file, especially when you don't have any change in expenditures.
Keep in mind that this person is one of seven making decisions affecting one Billion dollars in assets and money and thousands of employees and students.
And the person may not even be a legal member of the school board.