Thursday, October 14, 2021
This is an Open Letter to the Richland 2 Board of Trustees.
If Holmes goes on a tear, let her run until she runs down. Then resume speaking. If another tirade starts, just stop speaking until she runs down again.
One person talks at a time. Maybe I'll offer my Talking Stick to the board, as long as it doesn't end up under the gavel.
If Holmes tries to move on, stand and say, "POINT OF ORDER" - RONR §62:4-5
If you are not recognized, then Trustees Agostini, Scott and McFadden (and others) should stand, begin to collect your materials, and prepare to walk out.
If that doesn't restore order, professionalism and respect, just walk out.
The superintendent may follow you out and offer peace and reconciliation. If so, follow him back in. If Holmes heads for Outer Space again, walk out again.
It'll take about three times for Holmes to get the message. Sort of like training a dog to sit and not to bark.
As the October 12, 2021 board meeting continued to melt down, the real fireworks exploded during the last ten minutes.
At (2:26:45) the meeting moved into Board and Superintendent Comments, and Trustee Agostini was first up. She thanked those who showed up and who spoke. When she offered an apology to me (by name), Holmes started to come unglued again and slammed the gavel down.
As I wrote previously, Trustee McFadden made a reasoned statement. She acknowledged that the night had been "nerve-wracking". She is a calm woman, and I suspect she tries hard to avoid controversy. She said, "We've got to learn how to get along as best as we can." She added, "We need to act like adults..." Her mentioned that her (campaign) slogan was "Collaboration and Cooperation."
(2:29:45) Trustee Scott was next. Right here is where the meeting headed Due South. Had Holmes heard a word that Trustee McFadden said?
I have already written about the last ten minutes of the meeting, but I find myself thinking about it often. In my many years in business, I don't think I have ever witnessed such a preposterous display of attitude, control and dictatorship as I saw by Holmes that night.
Every rule for the actions of a board chair was violated.
Trustee Scott made a motion. Trustee Agostini seconded it. Holmes completely disregarded it. Why? Because it was aimed at her. The motion was for her to step down until she received ethical training in Robert's Rules of Order. Holmes blew a fuse. Holmes declared that Trustee Scott was out of order (for recommending a training class to the board chair).
Listen to Holmes' constant interruptions and over-talking, while Trustee Scott tried to finish her comments. Scott's motion was seconded.
Holmes said, "Going on to ..." and Trustee Scott interrupted and stated there was a motion on the table.
Where was the superintendent? He must know Robert's Rules of Order. Why didn't he step in and correct Holmes? Then Holmes called on Caution-Parker, who began with her own disparaging comments.
At (2:34:36) "Point of Order" could be heard. It was ignored.
At (2:34:56) Holmes said, "At this time I'm going to make my comments and then we are going to make a motion to adjourn." WRONG MOVE, TERESA. A SECONDED MOTION WAS STILL ON THE TABLE, AND A POINT-OF-ORDER WAS OUTSTANDING.
She said, "I have never seen such a situation as this in my life. It is amazing to me that adult people would use a school board meeting for your own personal political agenda. We are here for children. We are here for children. We are not here - we are not here for this. We all realize that this is a motion and a movement that is going around the country - that this could disrupt (unintelligible) and to do things at a meeting that are not appropriate. So at this time, that's all I'm going to say."
WHAT NEEDED TO HAPPEN? Trustees Scott and Agostini needed to rise to their feet and state again, POINT OF ORDER. They should familiarize themselves with how to remove the board chair from the balance of the meeting. Should that vote fail, which it would probably do, then Agostini, Scott and McFadden should walk out.
And they should walk out of every meeting that descends into chaos like this one did. Then maybe Holmes, McKie, Caution-Parker and Manning would get the message that "The Three" will not tolerate the disrespect and disregard that was shown toward parliamentary procedure tonight by Holmes.
Holmes asked the superintendent if he had anything to say and then did not wait for him to answer.
Holmes made her own motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Caution-Parker (of course). No discussion. Vote: 6-1
There used to be a Facebook page for "Dr.Teresa Holmes" (no space between Dr.Teresa). Now there isn't. Or, if there is, I cannot view it.
Gee, now why wouldn't Holmes want me to view her Facebook page?
If you see my name on her Facebook page or any mention of me, please grab a screenshot and email it to email@example.com
I remember her page, because it identified her as a Richland 2 "Commissioner". It still does, according to a friend who viewed it this morning. Of course, Richland 2 School Board doesn't have Commissioners. It has Trustees.
Maybe she meant Commissar?
There is a Facebook page for "Dr. Teresa Holmes" (space between Dr. and Teresa) with little activity on it.
In a nasty email to me dated September 15, 2021, Holmes wrote:
"Gus, I have often tolerated you hateful remarks and email. However, this time you have gone too far. I lost my husband Rev. Dr. Jacob A. Holmes Jr. 4 years ago which, I know you are fully aware of. I will no longer tolerate nor concern myself with your continuous diatribe of falsehoods and insults. After this message you are officially blocked from any further contact with me. Go spout your hate on those who care about you and what your deceitful lying mouth has to say.....Do not contact me again or include me in your racist, hateful. lying remarks or emails. It is sad that someone of your advanced age is not concerned about your mortality and relationship with God. I will pray that God will forgive your outright evilness and have mercy for your pitiful soul. It has to be hard working on being so evil.
Because I cannot view her Facebook page, my guess is that she blocked me. As a public official, she is treading on thin ice when she blocks a constituent. That Facebook page appeared to be her official page for the position she usurps as school board trustee. It recently showed board members at a reception with the Fort Jackson Commanding Officer. So it is a public page.
But maybe she can block me, because she is not legally a school board trustee. As I've written many times, she violated S.C. state law 8-13-1110 by taking the oath of office on November 13, 2018, before she filed her Statement of Economic Interests Report on December 4, 2018. To refresh your memory, here is the state law:
"SECTION 8-13-1110. Persons required to file statement of economic interests.
(A) No public official, regardless of compensation, and no public member or public employee as designated in subsection (B) may take the oath of office or enter upon his official responsibilities unless he has filed a statement of economic interests in accordance with the provisions of this chapter with the appropriate supervisory office."
Holmes violated the law twice; first, by taking the oath before she filed her SEI and, secondly, by entering upon official responsibilities before filing the SEI.
So did Amelia McKie.
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