Monday, August 23, 2021

Open Letter to the School Board re S.C.S.C. Lawsuit

The following has been sent by email to the five legal members of the Richland 2 School Board and the two trustees-elect.

Good morning, Board Members and trustees-elect Holmes and McKie,

Please review Mr. Manning's motion on Monday evening, August 16.

This was his motion:  "I make a motion that the board authorizes the District to engage legal counsel to provide best option and legal strategy to address Appropriations Budget Proviso 1.108, including consulting with Richland County Council with regards [sic] to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our students and employees." 

When you voted last Monday night, did you intend for the superintendent to gather information (only) and bring it back to you?

Or did you know or expect that he would proceed with legal action - without further authorization of the Board?

Please amend the agenda for tomorrow night's meeting to include discussion and action to direct the attorney for the school district to withdraw the case from the S.C. Supreme Court.

Each of you has an individual and distinct fiduciary responsibility and obligation. You must cast aside friendships and carry out your duty.

The superintendent was wrong, and the acting board chair was not truthful in her public statement on behalf of the District Friday afternoon.

Holmes and McKie will be addressed as "trustees-elect" until they take the oath of office legally and become legitimate members of the school board. They have been usurping public office since November 13, 2018.


Gus Philpott