At the March 8, 2022 board meeting everyone got all excited about a $25,000 donation from Service Solutions. Service Solutions has been contracting with Richland 2 for 28 or 29 years; no one was sure which.
Now the reason this may not be such a big deal, or worthy of a photo opp with the trustees and the superintendent, is that the $25,000 was not an unrestricted gift. The staffer called it "a BIG check", and Holmes referred to it as "a big deal".
Yes, $25,000 is a big deal - maybe. But it losts its luster for me, when it was explained that $20,000 of that amount is for ten $2,000 scholarships and $5,000 to the R2 Ready-to-Read program. Will Anderson clarified that the scholarships go to students of employees of the custodial staff (Service Solutions' employees). Will said they are given priority.
Thanks to Will Anderson for injecting truth and transparency into the presentation!
So, in other words, Service Solutions, rather than awarding the scholarships directly to employees' dependents, funnels $20,000 through Richland Two on the condition that it go back to children of its employees.
Is that a "donation"? Really?