Richland 2 School District published a disgusting display of promotion and aggrandisement of Amelia McKie on January 4, 2021. A two-page announcement was made of McKie's election by the South Carolina School Boards Association as Region 8 Director. That followed her controversial appointment by the Richland 2 School Board.
The District failed to mention that McKie has made zero payments toward her $51,750 fine levied by the S.C. Ethics Commission and enforced by a judgment filed on July 10, 2019 in the Richland County Common Pleas Court.
The District also failed to mention that McKie's legitimacy to serve as a School Board has been questioned since March 2019. McKie violated South Carolina Code of Laws Section 8-13-1110(A) on November 13, 2018 by taking the oath of office before she filed her Statement of Economic Interests. She got "caught" by The Voice of Blythewood & Fairfield County.
Because McKie has not been a legal member of the School Board since November 13, 2018, she was ineligible to serve as Board Chair. Her claim of the title of Board Chair and signature on bond documents resulted in the resignation of the Board Secretary in April 2019. The Secretary was unwilling to risk personal liability by attesting to potentially false claims in the documents.
Because McKie is not a legal member of the Richland 2 School Board, she cannot be a Region 8 Director for the SCSBA. Apparently, that is just a minor inconvenience to the SCSBA.
The Richland 2 School Board has been requested numerous times to hold a public discusssion at a board meeting of the questions surrounding McKie's serving on the board. The Board has refused to do this.
Late in 2020 SLED and the FBI were requested to investigate Richland 2 School District for disbursing public monies to the two women (McKie and Teresa Holmes) who are not legally on the board. McKie and Holmes are usurping public office. One of the penalties is to pay back all of the money they have improperly received.
Richland 2 states (proudly) that McKie is a graduate of FastTrac,
What is FastTrac? According to the City of Columbia's webpage, "FastTrac is a course designed to support the entrepreneur seeking to take their existing business to a higher level. This program assists entrepreneurs in analyzing their current business condition to identify the best opportunities for growth. Budgeting, sales strategies, management team roles, operational systems and business plan implementation are key areas of emphasis. The course also facilitates networking between entrepreneurs and experienced professionals."
Perhaps McKie could put some of that training to real use and pay off her debt to the S.C. Ethics Commission. You think?