Friday, October 22, 2021

Tap Dance from Richland 2 about 10/26/2021

Take a look at the new "safety procedures" for Tuesday's board meeting.

These were sent out to Media with the announcement of the October 26, 2021 board meeting. I almost didn't open the email, because it usually is just boilerplate.

I have already let the board, the superintendent and several staff members know my opinion of this.

I informed them that board members don't need protection from the public. It's the PUBLIC that needs protection from this board!!!

If you are also incensed, send your emails to the board and to every parent you know. 

Well, of course you can watch from home. Doesn't that seem like a great opportunity? The board will miss out on your groans and grimaces.

NO! What counts is showing up in person! Who is responsible for such a dumb decision as this? Since the board did not hold a special meeting and make any agreement about this change, I think it's safe to say that the superintendent is 100% responsible for this.

Maybe he is just trying to get fired. Then he can collect $366,000 in severance pay and start a new job on November 1. Think so?

This following is from the District's email. The highlights are mine.

"Members of the community may notice several new safety procedures at the meeting.

In order to allow for social distancing due to COVID-19, a safe distance between the public and the board, and to ensure adequate access for emergency personnel, capacity for the members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in-person is limited to 20. In case that capacity is reached and to provide members of the public the ability to watch the board meeting from the safety of their home, the meeting will also be streamed live at

Citizens coming to attend the meeting will be allowed in on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 5 p.m. and be seated in the boardroom. As the lobby closes to the public at 5 p.m., citizens attending the board meeting will not be allowed to linger in the lobby.

The public will not be allowed to protest or loiter in front of the main entrance. This is for safety reasons to allow emergency access into the building and for others who have other business to enter the building.

In an effort to effectively maintain a safe environment, any person attending the meeting who is out of order, loud, disruptive, making inappropriate comments, and/or a safety concern will be asked to be seated or leave by a security officer. If the person does not comply, a Richland County Sheriff Deputy will escort them off the property. 

No signage or other objects will be allowed into the facility that could either be a distraction or used as a weapon."

The State calls them "screaming matches"

Read this great article in today's The State newspaper about the "screaming matches" at the Richland 2 board meetings. This is one of the best articles about what's going on.

The reporter got quotes from several board members.

Daprile wrote: "The lack of civility is getting so bad it obstructs official business."

I do challenge Daprile's reference to the "group of three board members playing dirty to tip the scales in their favor." He is referring to the walk-out by Trustees Agostini, Scott and McFadden. They were not "playing dirty". Their walk-out was the only way open to stop "The Four" from over-powering them to a vote on the superintendent's contract that night.

As you may already know, Trustee Agostini made a secondary motion to the motion for approving the agenda for that night. Agostini's secondary motion was to move the agenda item related to the superintendent's contract to the next Regular Meeting. Holmes got lost and didn't understand that the secondary motion was exactly germane to the primary motion. Holmes ruled it wasn't, after getting poor advice from the District's employee General Counsel. 

Holmes' question to the employee attorney was whether the secondary motion was germane. The attorney's voice could not be heard, but then Holmes said, apparently repeating what she had heard, "So it could go either way?" A correct answer would have been that it was germane or it was not. After more discussion, Holmes decided it was going to go her way, and she ruled that Agostini's secondary motion was not germane.

Trustees Agostini, Scott and McFadden had not received full information about the superintendent's proposed revised contract (amendment), and they wanted adequate time to consider the proposed amendment. "The Four" wanted to approve it that night. Agostine, Scott and McFadden walked out. There was no longer a quorum, and business (but not the meeting) stopped.

Be sure to send a Thank You email to Lucas Daprile at

Serious Errors, 10/12/2021 Minutes

Two serious errors occur in the October 12 Minutes that have been prepared for Board approval on October 26. These Minutes can be viewed in the Agenda on the District's website in the Agenda for the next meeting. These errors should be bought up on October 26 before the Oct. 12th Minutes are approved.

General Comment: The way the Minutes have been prepared for a long time is wrong. The recording secretary alters the agenda as the meeting progresses by inserting notes during the meeting. This does not constitute an adequate or complete record of the meeting.

The chaos, disruption and rancor are not recorded. You'd think it never happened, if you only read the Minutes. The violation of Robert's Rules of Order is not recorded. If you look at the official record, it is sanitized. It's the "vanilla" version.


Action: 9.1 Approval: Bond Refunding Resolution

To approve the bond refunding resolution.
Motion by Lashonda McFadden, second by Amelia McKie.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yes: Cheryl Caution-Parker, Monica E Scott, James Manning, Amelia McKie, Teresa Holmes, Lashonda McFadden
Abstain: Lindsay Agostini

During the agenda item of the Bond Refunding Resolution, no mention is made of Dr. Harry Miley's remarks. No mention is made of Trustee Agostini's reservation about the signature of the Board Secretary, who continues to have significant outstanding ethics fines. No mention is made of the ongoing question about the legitimacy of Amelia McKie's position as Board Secretary (she is not a legitimate board member, cannot serve as Board Secretary, and cannot sign Bond documents. Nor can Teresa Holmes, who also is not a legitimate member of the board.)


12. Approval of Agenda Items for Next Meeting

Action: 12.1 Approval: Draft Agenda Items for October 26, 2021

To approve the draft agenda for October 26, 2021.
Motion by Amelia McKie, second by Cheryl Caution-Parker.
To add Policy BD Organization of the Board to the October 26, 2021 Agenda.
Amended motion by Lindsay Agostini, second by Monica E. Scott
Final Resolution: Motion Fails
Yes: Lindsay Agostini, Monica E Scott, Lashonda McFadden
No: Cheryl Caution-Parker, James Manning, Amelia McKie, Teresa Holmes

Restated motion - To approve the draft agenda for October 26, 2021 Agenda.

Motion by Amelia McKie, second by Cheryl Caution-Parker.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yes: Cheryl Caution-Parker, Monica E Scott, James Manning, Amelia McKie, Teresa Holmes
No: Lindsay Agostini, Lashonda McFadden

No mention is made of the original vote on the motion to add discussion of Board Policy BD, which PASSED. The vote was 4-3. The votes were tallied and posted on the projection screen, which constitutes the "announcement" of the result.

Then Holmes realized that she had made a mistake. She had voted FOR the motion. And then she asked the recording secretary (not the Board Secretary) to change her vote. Holmes was completely wrong to do so. Once the vote is announced, which it was, that IS the vote. If a voter wants her vote changed, it requires the unanimous vote of the board. Robert's Rules of Order §4:42. 

A discussion of Policy BD should be on the agenda for October 26. It is not

Integrity of the position of Board Chair would have resulted in inclusion of Policy BD for discussion on this agenda. Even though it was officially (improperly) voted down on October 12, the board chair and superintendent could have added it. They didn't.