Saturday, May 7, 2022

Public Participation needed - 5/10/2022

Parents and Community Members, please show up Tuesday evening, May 10th, for the Richland Two school board meeting. Arrive before 6:15PM to sign up to speak during Public Participation.

Are there 10-15 parents willing to stand up and speak out?

You've got plenty of issues to keep on the front burner. Safety in schools. Gender issues. CRT. Discipline. Discrimination in the 100 Premier Men of Color hiring program.

If you don't have your own issues, ask about the illegal executive session held on April 28th. 

Planning committee work is not a valid reason for ducking into executive session. Holmes' explanation of the meeting and McKie's Motion did not agree. It is not valid to go into executive session for a "meeting", which State law requires. No specific purpose was given.

Ask about the disruption that occurred during the April 28th special-called board meeting. Why didn't the District's Media Relations Dept. put out a press release quickly after The State published its articles? 

Ask by what authority Teresa Holmes contacted the Richland County Sheriff's Department about the disruption in the meeting. Did she have board authority to do so, or did she complain as an individual? If so, why would she identify herself as board chair?

Ask the board to explain why Holmes and McKie have never taken the oath-of-office legally. They took an oath on November 13, 2018, before they were eligible to do so. They became eligible to take the oath on December 4, 2018, and they have never done so.

Ask how Holmes and McKie can serve as officers of the school board, when they are not legitimate board members.

Ask why Amelia McKie is allowed to serve on the board without making serious payments toward her $57,100 debt to the South Carolina Ethics Commission. Ask how she intends to resolve the pending complaint against her, for which a hearing is scheduled on June 16, 2022. 

Ask which board members blew past their $7,000 allowances for travel and training and by how much EACH exceeded her allowance. Ask if they will be required to repay the excess reimbursements. Ask how procedures failed in the Accounts Payable Dept. that allowed over-payments.