Monday, January 24, 2022
Remembder, back in the good, ol' days when board meetings were announced with "The next board meeting will be ( (date)_ )?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2022
RICHLAND TWO BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO MEET TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2022
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Richland School District Two Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
The board meeting will be called to order at 5:30 p.m. and the board will immediately adjourn into executive session. Public session will resume at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the R2i2 Conference Center located at 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia, 29229. At the board meeting, visitors will be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Click the following link to view the agenda for the January 25 Board Meeting: http://go.boarddocs.com/sc/rsd2/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=C2WNES5AC3BE
Public Participation is on the agenda for the January 25 meeting. Comments may be received from any Richland Two student, parent/legal guardian, resident, property owner, business owner, or Richland County elected official. All persons who wish to comment during Public Participation will fill out the appropriate form and sign-up sheet at the meeting before the public session of the meeting begins.
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 50. 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 www.richland2.org/livestream.
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. Citizens attending the board meeting will be directed to the meeting space upon arriving at R2i2.
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.
UPCOMING BOARD MEETING: Board Winter Retreat on February 4, 2022
Don't miss the implied threats, if you look at the wrong person cross-eyed. Don't use your public property R2i2 property). Don't complain about infringement on your Constitutional Rights.
Don't protest or linger; where's the line between that and "peaceable assembly"? Don't they realize that the public is smart enough to get out of the way, if the paramedics, police or fire show up?
Who determines whether someone is "out of order, loud, disreptive, making inappropriate comments"? Who is going to eject Teresa Holmes next time she pulls any (or all) of those prohibited stunts - IN a board meeting?
Who decides whether a sign or "object" could be a distraction or used as a weapon? Is my tape recorder or phone a "weapon"? A distraction? In whose judgment???
The Board Winter Retreat will include a Robert's Rules of Order (RONR) training. That ought to be "interesting". It's a board meeting and open to the public. Want to hear what they hear about RONR? How often will the trainer say, "You can't do what you've been doing!"
Sunday, January 23, 2022
The S.C. House of Representatives Education and Public Works Committee reported S 203 favorably out of Committee on Thursday, January 20. Now it's up to the full House to approve it and send it to the Governor for signng.
What can you do? Email your State Representative and the full House to pass S. 203 now.
What is S. 203?
A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-19-60 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEES AND FILLING VACANCIES, TO PROVIDE THAT DISTRICT TRUSTEES GUILTY OF MALFEASANCE, MISFEASANCE, INCOMPETENCY, ABSENTEEISM, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, MISCONDUCT, PERSISTENT NEGLECT OF DUTY IN OFFICE, OR INCAPACITY SHALL BE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM OFFICE BY THE GOVERNOR
Is there any way this might apply to Amelia McKie as a consequence of failing to take the oath-of-office after filing her Statement of Economic Interests Report (SEI) with the S.C. Ethics Commission on December 4, 2018?
That SEI was filed three years ago. On that date (12/4/2018) McKie first became eligible to take the oath-of-office.
The only date when she did take an oath-of-office was November 13, 2018, and that was three weeks before she became eligible to take it. (The same is true of Teresa Holmes.) When you take an oath-of-office before you are eligible to do so, it has no legal merit.
Coming along in the S.C. Senate is S. 188. If it can get through the Senate and the House and past the Governor, that'll sink McKie's ship, for sure. It prohibits a person from running for school board, among other offices, if she owes money to the Ethics Commission.
McKie made the front page of the print edition of The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County this week. Pick up a copy of the paper at your favorite newstand.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
If you remember, it was on Tuesday, January 11th that the Regular Board Meeting was adjourned early, after the superintendent suffered a health event and was transported to an emergency room.
Many well-wishers prayed and sent Get Well messages to him, and he thanked all on Tuesday, Jan. 18 in a message to staff and parents. He wrote in his message that he was looking forward "to fully returning to my regular schedule..."
In other words, he hadn't yet (Jan. 18) returned to his regular, full-time schedule. Does anyone else read it that way?
How ill was he?"
Not so ill that he couldn't keep a speaking engagement in Charleston on Friday morning, January 14, when he was scheduled to deliver a talk titled "Reimagining Education" at the 2022 Winter Conference of SCABSE.
What is SCABSE? It's the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators.
Supt. Davis was scheduled to speak from 9:10-9:45AM. Who was in charge of Richland 2, when he was away from the District that day?
The Assistant Superintendent is Marshalynn Franklin. Was she at work that Friday, keeping the District running smoothly?
Franklin was at the SCABSE Conference and scheduled to conduct the Welcome on Saturday morning at 8:00-8:03AM
Did Franklin drive to Charleston Friday after work or really early on Saturday morning? Or was she at the conference on Friday, too? If she was, who was on duty at Richland Two, if both the superintendent and assistant superintendent were out of town?
The program for the Winter Conference identifies Supt. Davis as not only Superintendent of Richland Two, but also as "President, SCABSE @ SC Superintendents".
With all his extracurricular activities and side-gigs, how does Richland 2 get his full-time services for the annual salary of $244,000?
Be sure to attend the board meeting on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 6:30PM at R2i2. If you don't wish to attend in person, connect via livestream.com/richland2
If you want to speak at the meeting, you must sign up by 6:15PM. Sign-up begins at 5:30PM.
Speakers address the board usually in the order of signing up, but not always. I was #9 at a recent meeting but was the last (#15) to address the board, thanks to the chair's control of speaking order.
There are two forms. You must sign on one form and fill out the second.
Now, there is no good reason for the second form. Why do they require it? Because they can. It's kind of like the Golden Rule. The one with the gold rules. It's called "control".
By the time of Public Participation in Tuesday's meeting, the chair should have a better understanding of when a member of the public can mention a board member's name without encountering the chair's objection. During the executive session (5:31-6:30PM) the board is scheduled to receive legal advice on Board Policy BEDH - Public Participation.
Policy BEDH reads that you can't "complain" about a board member (who is a person connected with the school system). If you don't complain about a board member, there should be no reason for the chair to shut down a speaker.
We'll see how this works out on Tuesday.
Friday, January 21, 2022
The following email has been sent to the Richland 2 School Board:
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
And should Holmes be sanctioned for violating the school district's face mask (shield) policy?
Have you noticed the amount of time that Holmes holds her faceshield in her hand, rather than putting it back on her face after speaking?
In fact, why does she even remove it to speak? There is no doubt that her voice will carry through or around the faceshield.
It seems that the rules apply to everyone - board members, staff, audience, security officers, RCSD deputies - except Teresa Holmes.
The superintendent is sitting right there. Why doesn't he say something to her?
Vice-Chair Manning is sitting right there. Why doesn't he say something to her?
Her buddy, Amelia McKie, is sitting right there. Why doesn't she say something to Holmes?
Is it a case of "Rules for thee, but not for me"?
Sunday, January 16, 2022
"In October 2021, we filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of a North Carolina citizens group, WNC Citizens for Equality, Inc., whose members include high school students who were ineligible for a scholarship program only because they are not Black (WNC Citizens for Equality, Inc., v. City of Asheville et al. (No. 1:21-cv-00310)). (The Legal Insurrection Foundation partnered with us in the lawsuit.)
"Here’s the background. On May 5, 2021, the City of Asheville entered into an agreement with the Asheville City Schools Foundation to establish and administer the City of Asheville Scholarship Fund. According to the agreement, the City of Asheville Scholarship is “awarded in perpetuity to Black high school students within Asheville City Schools, with special consideration given for Black students pursuing a career in education.” (In July 2020, Ashville’s City Council unanimously approved what is called a “reparations initiative,” that provided “funding to programs geared toward increasing homeownership and business and career opportunities for Black residents.”)
"To settle our civil rights lawsuit, on January 11, 2022, Asheville’s City Council approved a resolution that removes the racial criteria for the scholarship:
[T]he scholarship will give preference to applicants whose household members, including parents and/or guardians have a high school education or less, these applicants representing “first generation” college students.
"The scholarship agreements were also amended to prohibit discrimination based on race and other categories.
"Our clients, a group of Asheville residents, including high school students, courageously challenged this blatantly discriminatory and illegal scholarship program in federal court.
"Thankfully, the City of Asheville did the right thing in quickly ending these indefensible race-based scholarship programs.
"This federal lawsuit and the resulting remarkable settlement should serve as a wake-up call to those activists and allied politicians pushing the extremist leftist agenda to segregate and discriminate based on race."
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Today the following email has been sent to the Richland Two school board:
Members of the board and trustees-elect Holmes and McKie,
This email was sent to Trustees Agostini, Scott, McFadden, Manning and Caution-Parker, to trustees-elect Holmes and McKie, with copies to Supt. Davis, Security Director Marq Claxton, Chief of Operatons, Will Anderson, Chief Financial Officer Harry Miley, Diversity Chief DEI Officer Helen Grant, and Chief Communications Officer Libby Roof.
The board has the authority to insist on compliance by Teresa Holmes. If they can't get it done, the supt. can direct Marq Claxton to sanction Holmes and issue her a Trespass Notice for refusing to wear the mask/face-shield on school property.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
There is poor editing at the end of 1/11/2022 recording which Richland 2 has published on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gWtpQ_SGQY
Toward the end of the amended recording, the superintendent spoke and then trustee-elect Holmes spoke about the presentation on a survey regarding face masks.
Then Holmes' voice can be heard, stating, "I am making an executive order, an executive decision that this meeting has been adjourned."
While she is speaking, this screen is displayed.
What was obviously cut out of the video was the view of Supt. Davis' health event. A period of time passed while he was assisted by some in the room and during which EMS arrived and removed him from the building. And then Holmes announced adjournment of the meeting.
The meeting was not adjourned at the time Holmes spoke. In the interest of accuracy, there is a better way that this ending of the meeting could have been conveyed. It's an editing issue by R2 staff, not of the board.
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. If a public official, public member, or public employee referred to in this section has no economic interests to disclose, he shall nevertheless file a statement of inactivity to that effect with the appropriate supervisory office. All disclosure statements are matters of public record open to inspection upon request.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Is the 100 Premier Men-of-Color Program ("Program") a violation of Board Policy AC?
Board Policy AC was created just three years ago, in October 2018, and it reads, in part,
"“The Board affirms the right of all individuals to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and/or harassment. Respect for each individual will be a consideration in the establishment of all policies by the board and in the administration of those policies by district staff.
Monday, January 10, 2022
Why isn't this overt racism?
Can you imagine the uproar if a white-owned business advertised its desire to hire 100 White Employees?
BLM and Antifa and the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center and who knows what else would be picketing and boycotting tomorrow morning at 8:00AM.
How much is Richland 2 paying Lamar Advertising of Columbia, S.C. to display that ad? How long will it be up there?
Who authorized this billboard advertising? Who thought it up? Well, obviously Supt. Baron Davis gave it a thumbs-up. Was he the one who came up with the idea?
Richland 2 School District should be committed to hiring the best candidates, be they black, white, brown, yellow, red, for the money they have available in the budget to pay for new teaching staff.
No hiring bonuses, no freebies from that "donation" received from the contract janitorial firm.
If you are upset about discrimination in hiring practices, as demonstrated by the Premier 100 program, sound off to the trustees - all of them, and especially to the board chair. Tell them to get the superintendent under control. Tell him to hire the best available teacher, not the best black male teacher available.
Why aren't the women teachers (white AND black) yelling and screaming?
Why aren't the Feds all over Richland 2? Where is the DOJ when you really need them?
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Friday, January 7, 2022
The South Carolina legislature will return to action soon. At whom will they rattle their swords this year?
I just emailed the Ethics Committee of the S.C. House of Representatives.
My email read as follows:
"I am writing to ask that you put some teeth in the Ethics Laws.
"At Richland 2 School District Amelia McKie owes $57,100 to the S.C. Ethics Commission. She has made only small irregular payments. The Ethics Commission filed a judgment in Richland County Common Pleas Court on 7/10/2019, and the SC DOR has done little or nothing to collect on it, as evidenced by the balance remaining at the high level. S.C. law should be changed to prohibit public office holding by such a debtor. McKie was elected 11/6/2018 and has never taken the oath-of-office legally since filing her SEI on 12/4/2018. Yet she remains in office."
House Ethics Committee members are
Know any of them? Care to pile on?
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Read this article titled "Applying CRT in Lexington and Richland County Public Schools". "CRT" is Critical Race Theory.
You know - that "thing" that is not taught in Richland 2 schools, according to Helen Grant and Teresa Holmes.
Author Freddy Hill explains that CRT is practiced and applied to K-12 students, not "taught" to them. CRT is done "to" students.
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy is mentioned, too.
Theorist Richard Delgado and one of his books are mentioned. Delgado's name was pronounced "Degaldo" by Helen Grant, Richland Two's "expert" on culturally relevant teaching who could not answer a question from a board member about what Critical Race Theory is.
A whole section in the article is devoted to Helen Grant, "who works with Lexington District 2 schools, while working officially for Richland District Two"
What? For the salary that Richland Two pays Helen Grant, they don't get her full-time efforts?
The article also states this: "Dr. Helen Grant also will discuss gender issues with students who are thinking they are not the gender they were biologically assigned at birth."
Helen Grant has a law degree - a J.D., so she wants to be addressed as Dr. Grant. How many students go "Dr. Grant" to discuss gender issues and think that they are talking to a doctor? Why does she have any student contact at all?
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Sunday, January 2, 2022
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