Friday, September 30, 2022
Teresa Holmes has a Facebook page that is private. I'm not supposed to be able to see it. But ...
Here's what she recently posted, after Richland 2 issued a press release that questioned the use of a District logo on a campaign ad.
Isn't that great? Watchdog Teresa is "on the move".
What she forgot to include was a copy of her own ad:
Care to play, "I spy"?
Sort of looks to me like the Richland 2 service mark. Comments?
The District's friends in the media jumped on it like it was the biggest news story of the year. The candidates had not created the flier; it was created by their supporters.
No one in his right mind ever would have thought that the District was promoting those four candidates. People are wondering who complained to the District. Did someone? Or did someone on staff decide, "Whoa! This is a big violation. Stop the presses!"
When I saw the flier, all I thought was "those four are in the race that is happening in Richland 2."
But Richland 2 made a big deal out of it. That's called going after "low-hanging fruit".
Then Angela addressed comments online by Chris Leevy Johnson. Chris is a good friend of the superintendent and of "certain" current school board members. One of Chris' posts referred to "MAGA-MAFIA". I saw Chris' post and he also referred to "neo-conservatives".
One of those "certain" members is Teresa Holmes. Angela did not mention that Teresa created a campaign flier that very clearly uses the District's logo. I wonder - has Teresa removed all signs and campaign fliers with that logo?
Watch and listen to Angela's powerful message! She spoke only for herself, but her words could be those of other strong candidates in this race. Not all of them, but of some of them.
Thank you, Angela. Well said!
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
WACH/FOX-TV has reported that a 17-year-old student at Westwood High School (Richland 2) was found with a knife today.
Richland 2 will consider a knife to be a weapon. In some cases, it is. Most often it is a tool.
No details about the knife in the media, of course.
Does anyone know? Big knife? Little knife? Straight knife? Folding? In a sheath on a belt? In a back pack? Pocket?
A parent called me a couple of weeks ago because her child had been found with a knife at school. For the kid, it was a tool; not a weapon.
Remember (most readers won't) when all the boys used to carry pocket knives? I still have the Swiss Army Knife that I got when I was about 12 years old. It has been all over the country with me (by car and motorcycle). Across Mexico, into Belize; and back.
And when pick-up trucks had gun racks in the back windows? With guns in them? In the school parking lot! And when students in ROTC had real rifles? And when schools had rifle teams?
No school shootings. No thefts from pick-up trucks.
So it's not the weapon. It's what between the ears that counts. And THAT is what Richland 2 ought to be working on.
Thanks to Hurricane Ian, the CUBE Conference in Miami, scheduled for Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, has been canceled.
This is the meeting that three school board members whose terms expire in November were planning to attend on the District's dime just before leaving office.
So Ian has saved Richland Two somewhere between $10,-15,000.
The conference is postponed to December 8-10, which will be after Manning and McKie, and hopefully Holmes, will have left office.
When will the Richland 2 school board learn (re-learn) how to conduct a school board meeting and get the length back down to 75-90 minutes?
Last night's meeting was almost four hours, including the executive session that started at 5:30PM. Of course, the public didn't have to endure that first hour. The initial start time at 5:30PM shows up at (4:50) on the livestream timer. Then the board left for executive session.
The open meeting re-convened at 6:30PM. (1:04:38 on the timer)
The livestream clock indicated a meeting duration of 3 hours 59 minutes 56 seconds (3:59:56); that included the executive session.
Meetings are so long, because the board does not control them. The agenda is planned by the Chair and the Superintendent. The Board could vote and tell the Chair, "No more four-hour meetings!" Shorten the dog-and-pony shows put on by the superintendent's staff. That would drastically short staff preparation time and expense.
Perhaps the new board in November will do so. Might they decide 30-minute executive sessions and 90-min. board meetings?
One way to shorten meetings would be for the Chair to call the meeting to order and call for a motion to enter executive session for the purpose of xxx. . All a board member would have to say is, "So moved", and a second member would say, "Seconded". Chair: "All in favor, raise right hands. Opposed? The vote is 7-0, Approved. We will adjourn to executive session."
How long would that take? Less than 30 seconds!
And cut costs by sharply reducing the number of staff required to attend. Having 12-15 of them sit there for 3-4 hours is a complete waste of talent and money.
At every school board meeting the trustees are asked to approve Minutes of the previous meeting. The Minutes are under the Consent Agenda and are normally approved without batting an eye.
And, apparently, without having read them!
Last night was a good example.
The Minutes are supposed to be an accurate reflection of what happened at a meeting. They are the permanent record. They should be accurate and TRUE.
At the September 13th board meeting Holmes made a long, convoluted motion regarding the superintendent's evaluation and contract extension. It was so long that the recording secretary had to go to her for a written copy of the motion. Then the recording secretary typed it for display on the projection screen. In her haste, she included an additional sentence, "I move that we as a board conclude Dr. Davis [sic] Dr. Davis's employment contract."
In other words, let's fire him.
Apparently, no trustee read the motion before voting. The vote was 4-3, as expected.
It is the written motion that is the legal one; not the oral motion that precedes it. When the Minutes of that meeting were attached to the Agenda for last night's meeting, that sentence was gone. Some removed it. Perhaps somebody was told to remove it.
Last night's vote to approve the Minutes was 4-2-1.
Manning, Holmes, McKie, and Caution-Parker voted to approve falsified Minutes.
That is NOT okay!!!
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Monday, September 26, 2022
Do NOT get in Teresa Holmes' way!
Have you noticed the size and weight of all those rings on her fingers? Can you imagine the damage they would do, if they connected with your chin or cheek? And that heavy watch she wears? One slap with that, and you'd be down for the count.
Why does Richland 2 Security allow those on school property?
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Friday, September 23, 2022
How much does Richland 2 spend on P.R.?
Every week I receive emails giving me all sorts of information about which I care nothing. I suspect few in the media care about it.
Now, I don't want them to stop because, then, I would not know how much money Richland 2 is wasting on P.R.
It's not like Richland 2 has anything to sell. There is no "brand" that the business needs to keep in front of my eyes. Richland 2 has a captive audience and a guaranteed banker (that's you).
Richland 2's job is public education in this district. It sucks up money every year from residents within the District's boundaries and from the state legislature. It gets that money, whether the economy is good or bad; whether there is COVID or not; whether or not (you name it).
The personnel engaged in P.R. are managed by Administration, for which Baron Davis is the superintendent.
The Board is supposed to direct the superintendent. Is that how it works?
If you listened to Davis' remarks at the end of the September 13th board meeting, you heard him say, "... several members of this board continue to support the move and the movement that we are making..."
And there it is - plain as day. The "move and the movement" are his. The board supports it. Four of the board members support it.
What he should have referred to was the Mission of the school board and how Administration is following it. That isn't how he sees it. The brand is his.
Up until now he had had a board that he could manage. That's about to change. In November, hopefully four new faces will join the board. Then there will be a board that leads - that directs, not one that follows.
Source: https://livestream.com/richland2/events/10609944/videos/232910367 Fast-forward to 4:38:08
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 3:00-5:00PM. North Springs Park Recreational Center, Picnic Shelter 1 (1320 Clemson Road)
"I am running for the Richland Two, South Carolina School Board because I believe we as a community need to ensure the safety of our youth. We are failing them by not providing them the adequate resources and knowledge to feel safe while attending school. With the climate of the world today, parents, faculty, staff, and students need to be provided the tools and skills necessary to feel safe in any given situation. It would be my duty to provide efficient and intensive training to all involved parties in the community while partnering with local law enforcement. With my background and training through the military, secret service, and developmental training, I have the skills to help guide our community. My role in my family has always been to provide and protect my wife, children and grandchildren to the best of my ability. I would love the opportunity to show that I not only can keep my family safe, but your children, and our community safe as well.If anyone has any questions of me, I can be reached via email at:TeStaley2022@gmail.com"
Terrance commanded a battalion (1500 personnel), in which 42 officers (majority white) reported to him. He has the leadership, business, management and professional experience to lead Richland 2 well as one of the four new board members.
Come and meet him. Bring your questions and suggestions.
Why did The Core Four (Manning, Holmes, McKie, Caution-Parker) vote to fire Supt. Davis on Sept. 13th?
Teresa Holmes made a motion that was displayed to all the world on the screen, ending with: "... I move that we conclude as a board Dr. Davis Dr. Davis's [sic] employment contract"
The written motion that the trustees saw before they voted ended with those words. Did the illustrious majority not read it? Did they not pay attention to what they were about to vote on?
Didn't Amelia McKie, the Board Secretary, need to say, "Just for clarification ..."?
Why didn't Supt. Davis object? Maybe he was just licking his chops over the $360,000 payday that The Core Four just handed him.
Is there any doubt that he doesn't have offers lined up and that he can be back at work on Monday? Does he already have another gig lined up?
When does he leave?
Does Deputy Supt. Marshalynn Franklin automatically slide up into the big office?
Thursday, September 22, 2022
The agenda for the September 27th board meeting has not been published yet. It is often published on the Thursday prior to the meeting, so it will likely be published tomorrow (Friday).
Requests by the public or by board members (after a board meeting) are made to the board chair and the superintendent, who decide on agenda items.
Today Trustee Lashonda McFadden requested the following items added to the September 27th agenda:
1. Disbanding the Safety & Security Committee
2. Board Member participation in CUBE Conference
3. Discussion of the report of the gun confiscated at Spring Valley High School, including the reports from the school, the District Office, and the Sheriff's Department.
Will Manning and the superintendent place these items on the agenda?
Introducing Terrance Staley, candidate for Richland 2 School Board.
I met Terrance just before the September 13th school board meeting. He's a quiet, humble man, and I'm sure he'd much rather talk about how great others are than speak about himself.
I'll be providing more information about him as election day nears.
In the meantime, watch him and listen to his remarks at the Sept. 13th school board meeting. Click here (https://livestream.com/richland2/events/10609944/videos/232910367) for the recording of that meeting
Fast-forward to 1:43:25 for his remarks.
Terrance deserves your most serious consideration for one of your four votes in this school board race on November 8. Be sure to get acquainted with him.
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Remember that $468,400,000 bond issue way back in 2018 (four years ago) when you approved the End of the Rainbow for Richland 2?
I don't remember how much voters approved for the Performing Arts Center, to be built adjacent to the Taj Mahal (R2i2) on Fashion Drive, but here it comes.
Does this District, with 60% of the students living below the Poverty Line and enjoying the free meals and reduced-price meals, really need a Performing Arts Center?
The District with almost 50% of students getting an F on U.S. History tests...
It's probably too late to halt or delay that project. Is this an example of uninformed voters just saying "Yes" to whatever was put in front of them? 64.9% of the voters approved the PAC, depending on whether it was approved in Question One or Question Two on the ballot.
Algebra: 32.73%Biology: 46.06%English 2: 14.19%U.S. History: 49.74%"
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
The following email has been sent to Chair James Manning and Supt. Davis, with copies to all board members.
The following email has been sent to Chair James Manning and Supt. Davis, with copies to the other board members, the State Inspector General, and media.
A similar request was made for the agenda for the September 13th board meeting. Neither Manning and Davis responded to my request.
Should there be repercussions for waste of public monies?
Chair Manning and Supt. Davis,
Pursuant to Board Policy BEDH Public Participation at Meetings, particularly Agenda Items, which reads "Citizens wanting an item to be placed on the agenda..."
I, Gus Philpott, of 39 Barony Place Circle and resident of Richland School District Two, hereby make this request on September 20, 2022, which is more than three days before the next regular school board meeting on September 27, 2022, and request an Agenda Item for the September 27, 2022 regular board meeting for discussion of Chair James Manning's unilateral disbanding of the Committee of the Whole on Safety & Security.
Specifically, I request a full, fair, transparent discussion of the reason(s) that the Chair announced the dissolution of the Committee outside of a board meeting and without discussion or consultation with the Chair of that Committee.
I request that the board direct the Chair to reinstate the Committee because of the extreme importance of addressing the safety and security problems in the District and involving the participation of community members, parents, teachers, staff, and students.
Because requests from the public are often disregarded and not approved by a board chair and the superintendent, I request board members also to request this item to be added to the Agenda for the next meeting. If it is not, please address during Board & Superintendent Comments or at another time during the September 27th board meeting.
Monday, September 19, 2022
When it comes time to make your final selection of the four candidates for whom you will vote in the School Board election in November, how will you choose?
Will you just wing it? Or will you give it thoughtful consideration?
You might even have already decided. Is your mind open? Or have you decided and shut the door on change?
Will you examine a candidate's experience for a Trustee-level, decision-making position? Does he or she have practical, Business experience? Does s/he have financial experience? Is s/he able to see the big picture of large-dollar expenditures? Does the candidate understand that being a school board trustee is NOT making day-to-day decisions about school business matters?
Friday, September 16, 2022
Here are "words of wisdom" from Teresa Holmes, which she posted on Facebook.
Here's where you get a chance to see the person she really is.
Great work going on? Teresa is responsible for the chaos on the board, by leading The Core Four away from respectful dialogue, cooperation, collaboration. With Teresa, it was "My way or the highway."
So James Manning, Cheryl Caution-Parker, and Amelia McKie are taking the highway. By exiting now, they avoid the embarrassment of possible removal by the Governor, when the State Inspector General submits his findings.
No one is saying "the whole board" needs to go. Four DO need to go, and three decided to go. Holmes is going to stick around until November 8. Help her come in #12 out of twelve candidates. Just think, the worst she can do is come in No. 12.
We don't get to "vote out" Manning, Caution-Parker, and McKie. They are running out on their own, leaving Teresa to face the music alone.
We want you off the board, Teresa, because you were the Chaos Leader.
All your good work? Seriously? Why did you disrespect Lashonda McFadden from almost her first day on the board?
"If" you return in November, you'll be on the short end of votes that will be 6-1. The Six will not treat you the way you treated Trustees Agostini, Scott, and McFadden. But you'll find some way to the oppressed and the victim. It's in your blood.
The following message was sent to the Richland 2 Board of Trustees by a Richland 2 parent and community member. Please read it carefully and then send your own email or letter.
Good Friday afternoon,As my work schedule prevented me from attending the meeting in person, I did have the opportunity to observe via LiveStream.I would like to address several items:1) Board staff travel - This is an extremely troubling business practice that taxpayer funds would be expended for Board members who only have several months left on their term. As stewards of taxpayer money, you have a fiduciary responsibility. This attendance at conferences by outgoing board members is just bad business practice. To that end, I would ask that the Board enact a policy regarding Board travel by members whose terms are limited.2) Extension of contract for Superintendent - The fact that the contract was extended by 1 year by members who will no longer be seated in a few months is certainly troubling. It is a known fact that there are four seats up in this election cycle. From all appearances, it was like the majority knew that votes might change in a few months and in effect, rammed a contract extension through as a last gasp of power. To that end, I would ask that the Board enact a policy regarding contract extensions by members whose terms are limited.After the meeting, I learned that the Security(Safety) committee had been disbanded. How in the world does this even make sense? Rather than get community engagement and support on this very critical issue, the Chair decided to pull the plug. This of all decisions is the most perplexing to me. Safety and security should be front and center. It is quite evident that this committee was formed to appease angry residents and parents and once things quieted down a bit, the Chair decided, community be damned.I'm continually amazed by the lack of self awareness, grandstanding and embellishment by members of this board. As elected officials, you are held to a higher standard of accountability and transparency. It is quite evident to some on this Board, that your oath means very little and your term is to satisfy your egos that are large enough to fill Williams-Brice Stadium.It is my fervent hope that in a few months, the voters will see the power grab for what it is and transparency and accountability will return to R2.Good friday!Monica GlowinskiApparently one of the small group of residents who likes to make noise
Published with permission. Before moving to Columbia the author was an elected public official for more than ten years.
Community members, parents, teachers, staff, students:
The next school board meeting is Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 6:30PM, at R2i2.
Please attend. Arrive by 6:00PM, if you'd like to sign up to speak.
Three current board members whose terms expire in November may be going to Miami on Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at District expense to attend a National School Boards Assn. CUBE conference. This is a waste of public funds.
Manning and McKie will not be on the board after November 18, only six weeks after their junket to Miami. That's when the new term-of-office starts for the four who will be elected on November 8th.
Holmes will hopefully not be re-elected. If you paid any attention at all to the chaos of the past school year or have been reading this blog, you'll know why I feel this way.
Whatever would cause them to think it is okay to spend District money in this way on their way out the door?
Another item of outrage is James Manning's unilateral decision to disband the Committee of the Whole on Safety & Security. Without any discussion with the Committee chairperson, Trustee Monica Scott or with the rest of the board.
Who does Manning think he is? Vladimir Putin? Xi Jinping? Kim Jong-un? Ali Khamenei? Joe Biden?
What about solving the problems of the fights in schools? the rumble at the Spring Valley-Ridge View game? guns in schools? the mess at Blythewood Academy?
How will the trustees and the public find solutions to these problems, when Supt. Davis hasn't solved these problems?
See you on September 27. Bring friends.
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