Monday, June 15, 2020

Open Letter to Board about Politics

The following letter has been sent to the Richland 2 School Board.

What do you think? Should the superintendent get a pass on this? Please comment below.

Mr. Manning, Board Members, and Trustees-elect McKie and Holmes,

I am writing to register a formal complaint about remarks made by Supt. Davis at the June 9, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Richland 2 School Board.

At 44:50 in the YouTube video-recording of that meeting Supt. Davis said, "Congratulations to our school board vice chairperson woman, Dr. Teresa Holmes, on her election as a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in August. The Democratic Party is scheduled to convene in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to formally nominate the next president and vice-president of the United States."

First of all, I object to his making a partisan statement during his official duties at the meeting.

Secondly, he was inaccurate. The DNC will not "formally nominate the next president and vice-present of the United States," in spite of that language on the DNC website. The DNC will select the Democratic nominee for the offices of POTUS and VPOTUS.

I request the board to admonish the superintendent regarding his partisan statement and to make a public statement at the next school meeting to assure the public that the School Board operates in a non-partisan manner.


Gus Philpott