Friday, May 27, 2022

Special-Called Board Meeting, May 31, 2022

Today the District announced a special-called board meeting for the purpose of considering the budget for the 2022-2023 School Year. The board will meet on May 31 at 5:30PM

Go to the agenda for the meeting and then look at the Resolution that was drafted for the meeting.

What's wrong with it?

The boilerplate is all there. Probably not anything wrong with that.

But then look at the dateline. "It is so resolved this 24th day of May 2022." Someone was optimistic last week that that would be handled at the board meeting on May 24. It wasn't.

Obviously, that line should read, "It is so resolved this _______ day of May 2022." And then "31st" will be filled in on May 31.

And look at the formatting for the signatures. Obviously, the signature line above the Board Chair's name should be moved to the left.

Look at the mess with the other signature line(s).

Now, the huge elephant in the room is who will sign this Resolution. You can expect Teresa Holmes to sign as Board Chair and Amelia McKie to sign as Board Secretary.

However, neither is a legitimate Board Member or Board Officer and cannot legally sign this Resolution.

Neither Holmes nor McKie has ever taken the oath-of-office legally, so neither is a legitimate board member. And one must be a legitimate board member in order to be elected to serve as a board officer.

The board should have fixed this problem early in 2019, more than three years ago. 

Manning never should have nominated Holmes to serve as Board Chair on June 29, 2021, and Caution-Parker never should have nominated McKie to serve as Board Secretary. And the board members never should have elected them. But they did. Or, at least four of them did.

Doing so did not cure the problem. It compounded the problem.

My suggestion? 

Add a line above the signature lines that they will be signing under penalty of perjury. Then the South Carolina Inspector General and Attorney General ought to be able to get their attention.