Thursday, September 16, 2021

Special-Called Board Meeting 9/22/21 - (No) surprise

Remember that song, "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets?" It's from the 1958 movie, Damn Yankees.

Well, Whatever Baron wants, Baron gets. Or does he?

Richland 2 has called a Special Meeting for September 22, 2021 at 5:00PM. It's not on the District's website yet, but it is scheduled on

Who calls Special Meetings? The chair (that's with a small -c-). Who plans the agenda? That would be the chair and the superintendent.

Now just exactly what is the rush for the superintendent to dip further into the Richland 2 money pot?

I wonder whether Trustees Agostini, Scott and McFadden might just happen to have other commitments for that afternoon.

This is an absurd disregard for the time commitment of trustees. Why should they interrupt their lives for something that could just as easily be handled on September 28?

If the superintendent had any respect for the seven board members, he would just ask them to put it on the agenda for September 28.

The State's Editorial about 9/14 board meeting

Be sure to read the editorial published by The State newspaper late this afternoon. Read it here.

The editorial board got it right.

I'm happy to see that support for Trustees Agostini, Scott and McFadden.

Who authorized Holmes, Manning to negotiate with supt?

Who authorized Holmes and Manning to begin re-negotiating Supt. Davis' employment contract and compensation?

Before any board members run off half-cocked and do something on behalf of the board, they are to be authorized to do so. This means there should have been an item on the agenda of a previous board meeting to begin such negotiations.

After a motion, second, discussion and approval by the majority (guaranteed because of the cabal of "the Four"), only then should Holmes and Manning have entered into negotiations with the District's attorney and the superintendent's attorney. And a better choice would have been Holmes OR Manning, paired with one of Agostini, Scott or McFadden.

The deck shouldn't have been stacked in favor of the supt.

Was General Counsel Karla McLawhorn Hawkins used as the District's lawyer? If so, then the superintendent had two attorneys in the room on his own side. Hawkins works for Davis. 

Full disclosure to the public will include the names of the attorneys. On both sides.

Worse than I first thought

I just listened to the re-play of the September 14, 2021 board meeting. It was worse than I thought.

Listen to it. Go to and select the September 14, 2021 meeting. Advance to 13:45 on the timer for the beginning of the meeting at 5:30PM. The board then goes into executive session, which is not broadcast. Advance to 1:14:08, where the public meeting re-convenes.

Skip the first part and advance to 1:16:54 for the fireworks. This is the point where approval of the agenda for the tonight's meeting begins. This is where the meeting begins to disintegrate.

I could analyze for you all the mistakes that were made. The responsibility for the disaster rests squarely on Teresa Holmes' shoulders. If she knew parliamentary procedure, the entire fiasco would have been avoided. And the meeting would have been much shorter. If you want the analysis, let me know. I have detailed notes from the video-recording.

Look particularly at the deer-in-the-headlights expression on Holmes' face after Trustee Agostini makes her secondary motion to remove the superintendent's contract from the agenda. Holmes was lost. She didn't know what to do. 

When Holmes asked the new General Counsel (employee of the District) whether Agostini's motion was germane, the staffer's answer could not be heard. Holmes should have asked Karla Hawkins to step to a microphone. Holmes then asked, "It could go either way?" Apparently, Hawkins indicated yes.

Then Holmes struggled with wording to shoot down Agostini's motion. Holmes asked the attorney if it is in her purview to make a decision about whether Agostini's motion was germane. That was not the original question of the attorney. Of course, Agostini's motion was germane. Holmes didn't want it to be, and she struggled to find a way to boot it.

Holmes made a huge error by not recognizing Trustee McFadden, after Agostini and Scott left the meeting. Holmes said, "Just a minute, Ms. McFadden. I'm sure you are going to join the rest." Meaning to leave the meeting. And then Holmes called on Manning to speak. Again, Holmes demonstrated a gross misunderstanding of parliamentary procedure.

McFadden did speak. She was clear, concise and powerful. Then, while the camera was on McKie, McFadden walked out.

Right then is where the meeting should have adjourned!

It would be in the best interest of Richland Two to remove Holmes from the position of Board Chair and to elect a board member who knows parliamentary procedure. 

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