Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Racial Division - alive and well (unfortunately)

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On September 24, 2020 Diversity and Equity Chief Helen Grant presented "Shifting to a Diverse, Inclusive and Equitable Mindset." While uclear on the first page of the presentation just who the target audience was, it appeared to be aimed at Administrative Professionals. 

Slide 29 is shown above.

This is what is being "done to" the Administrative Professionals. If I didn't know better, I'd say those are the Principals and Assistant Principals thoughout Richland 2. And probably the headquarters staff.

Those are the people who steer those below them in the ranks; i.e., the teachers, staff, secretaries, assistants.

That slide is a great example of the Critical Race Theory that Richland 2 "doesn't teach", if you want to believe Teresa Holmes, the woman who sits in the position of Board Chair.

Holmes wants everyone to Go Woke (or did she say, "Stay Woke"?).

But parents are waking up. Thank goodness.

Roll Call at Board Meetings?

Should the Richland 2 School Board take a roll call at every board meeting? 

How else would the Minues ever correctly reflect who was there and who was not, or who attended by telephone?

Roll call should be taken at 5:30PM, when the Public Session officially convenes. And probably again at the beginning of the Executive Session, just in case someone got lost on the way to dinner.

And then roll call should be taken at 6:30PM, when the Public Session reconvenes. How much time would that require? One minute? (More, if certain people didn't recognize their name or weren't paying attention.)

If a board member is absent in-person but attending remotely, that should be properly noted to the Public and in the Minutes. The reason should be clear. And those board members present in person should vote whether to allow that absent person to attend telephonically.

The Richland 2 school board is not an after-school club. It is the elected group that oversees a $300,000,000+ annual budget, 28,000+ students, 3,000+ employees, and assets worth $1 Billion.

Next time you are attending or watching a meeting, ask yourself this question. "If I owned that business, which of those eight people at the front of the room would I trust to direct it and run it?"

Remember this on November 8, 2022.

Are Rules for the Board and District, too?

Or is it, "The rules are for thee and not for me." Is that the attitude of Richland 2 School District?

I have at least four complaints on file with Richland 2 since February 22. They are about actions of Safety & Security Director Marq Claxton and the Administrative Rule (AR) KI-R that is not being followed.

Remember the board meeting when Trustee Caution-Parker said that there are rules and that the District will follow the rules. Do you remember there was no objection to her statement by Board Chair Holmes? Or Supt. Davis. Or by any other trustee? Perhaps somebody should have said right then, "Wait just one minute! We are not going to follow all the rules!"

In a wordy email sent to me late last Friday afternoon over Teresa Holmes' name (but clearly not written by her), the District informed me that my complaints were being considered part of the original grievance that the Board discussed on February 22 and would not be considered separately.

I responded (again) that the complaints were separate and distinct from the grievance, which I could not attend because the Security Director denied my request to enter R22i2 to attend the grievance. (Gee, I wonder who told him to make that decision.)

Did Claxton make that decision on his own? Not likely. Did Will Anderson direct him to make that decision? Probably not. Did Harry Miley direct Will to so direct Claxton? Did Marshalynn Franklin tell Miley to tell Anderson to tell Claxton to deny me? Did Baron Davis tell Marshalynn to tell Harry to tell Will to tell Claxton?

Or did Baron Davis just save time and skip over Marshalynn, Harry, and Will and tell Claxton "Just say No"?

But back to Rules.

The District has Board Policies and Administrative Rules. If they aren't going follow them, why have them? Just because the South Carolina School Boards Association says so?

When Teresa Holmes writes at 9:53PM on a Monday (April 11), "Mr. Philpot, You have received our official response.  Have a nice day, and this matter is closed", I recognize that as coming from her.

Won't she be surprised, when she finds out that the matter is not closed?