Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Friendly school board meetings vs. Last night
Explosive Ending to 10/13/21 board meeting
Holmes Blows Vote on Adding Agenda Item
At the October 12th board meeting (2:19:57) watch the discussion when Trustee Agostini requested an item be added to the agenda of a meeting in the near future to present a report on a teacher in-service about the difference between Critical Race Theory and Culturally Relevant Teaching.
Then Trustee Agostini makes a secondary motion to add a discussion of Board Policy BD - Organization of the Board to the agenda for the next board meeting, on October 26.
There had been a motion to approve the draft agenda, and then Trustee Agostini made her motion. So it needed a decision (vote), before the draft agenda could be voted on. Holmes couldn't even follow the order of voting. Then she said, "We all make mistakes. You've made some, too." (Gee, I thought board members were not supposed to disparage one another. ("Rules for thee, not for me.")
When it was time to vote, board members voted electronically. The vote was 4-3. The vote PASSED. I waas shocked and looked to see who the fourth vote was. Holmes had voted FOR it. Wow!
Then Holmes realized she had voted For the secondary motion, instead of Against it.
But she had removed her finger from the voting button. Her vote was cast. Voting had closed. The result was shown. It was done. Or it should have been done. Why do I think there would have a huge fight, if one of "The Three" had asked to change a vote.)
Then Holmes says, not to anyone in particular. "I hit the wrong thing. I meant to vote No."
Gee, so sad, too bad. But the voting was done.
Then she told the recording secretary to change her vote. Any change she attempted to make should have been over-ruled. I guess it was a case of "pick your battles", because no one complained. Holmes was allowed to change her vote, resulting in Trustee Agostini's motion failing, 3-4.
Why won't some of "The Four" (the cabal; the Squad) support adding a Board Policy for discussion?
Why was Holmes asleep at the switch? Did her vision blur because of all the emotional arguments tonight? Are the buttons color-coded and she couldn't tell which one to press?
Is there something else wrong?
MUST-SEE - Holmes flies off handle
Final speakers - 10/12/2021
Larry Small tells it like it is
At (1:48:25) Larry Smalls lays it out to the board. Be sure to listen to his brief, forceful remarks on livestream.com/richland2 at the October 12, 2021 meeting.
Funny how he got away with referring to the superintendent several times, and never once did Holmes smack him down or rap her gavel. Can someone explain that to me?
Larry Smalls would be a great board member and a great Chair of the board. He would lead by example and demonstrate Leadership Skills, because he knows what they are.
I don't have any reason to think that Larry is about to run for the board. After all, who would want to put up with "The Four" who hold the present majority?
But wait! Times are changing. Those "Four" all up for(Hear her drivel during the Board and Superintendent Comments. Manning has been on the board since 2010; it's way past time for him to go.
And, since Holmes and McKie, aren't even legitimate board members, they can't run for "re-election". That won't keep them off the ballot. Not even still owing $57,100 to the South Carolina Ethics Commission is likely to keep McKie from running again.
A few video clips of Holmes' running rough-shod over other board members might be enough to sharply reduce her odds of being elected again.
Larry wound up with "Responsibility without Accountability leads to Autonomy." He mentioned earlier than the board abdicated its responsibility (to the superintendent).
Thank you, Larry!
I recall a bond document in 2019 where the board did just that. On the 10th page of boilerplate, right at the end, the board gave the superintendent full authority over the bond issue. My guess is that most board members were tired and bleary-eyed by the time they got to Page 10, and they didn't even realize what they were signing (or didn't care).
Could it have been worse?
Point-of-Order AND Robert's Rules of Order
The following email has been sent this morning to all board members, a legal expert on Robert's Rules of Order, the outside attorney for the school district, the employee General Counsel for the District, the superintendent and three reporters.
At last night's contentious school board meeting, a serious parliamentary error occurred numerous times.
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