Wednesday, May 31, 2023
What message yesterday at Summit Parkway M.S.?
Stakeholder Survey Report
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Why did Cyrus run?
I'm sure (well, hopeful, at least) that the deputies figured this out before I thought of it.
Why did Cyrus run out of the Shell station Sunday evening after he was suspected of attempted shoplifting? If he had a gun in his pocket, he would not have wanted to be there when the sheriff's deputies arrived.
They would have searched him and found it.
Why did 14-year-old Cyrus have a gun? Did he? Will RCSD find his DNA and fingerprints on the gun and on the ammo?
In one of her comments online, WIS' Judi Gatson referred to "shots". Was more than one round fired by anyone? The Coroner mentioned only one wound.
Had that gun been fired? Will there be GSR on Cyrus' hand?
Guilty until found Innocent
Monday, May 29, 2023
14 y/o with gun shot
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Maine school district refuses to rent to church
Friday, May 26, 2023
5/23/23 Public Participation
“Without guidelines, people start doing each other's work. That causes a lot of confusion and disruption.
For starters, assume that an organization such as the Richland - 2 School District has five distinct roles:
STRATEGIC, LEADERSHIP, SUPERVISORY, OPERATIONAL, and EXECUTION.
STRATEGIC is the work reserved for the Board. It looks far out into the future, establishes policy and audits the processes.
LEADERSHIP is the work of the Superintendent and her/his administrative staff, who implement policy.
SUPERVISORY is the work of the School Principals.
OPERATIONAL is the work of the Department Heads leading the day-to-day sessions.
EXECUTION is the work of the classroom teachers who deliver the established daily contacts with students.
When there is transgression into others' roles, confusion and 9-hour Board meetings result. Think of the concept as driving lanes. Stay in your own lane and do the work you are assigned to do. The trip will be much smoother!!!!”
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Blistering Report coming from "Mac & Jake"
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Permanent Expulsion - only for Murder?
R2 should ditch BeSmart
A representative of BeSmart got in the last word at last night's too-long Stay Safe meeting.
BeSmart led off the program with its boiler-plate information and a less-than-forceful presentation. At the end, after Angela Nash ended the meeting, a rep ran to the front to thank Richland Two for "what they do as a partner with BeSmart". She thanked Richland 2 for "getting information out about BeSmart to the media", etc.
She got it backwards. It is BeSmart that partnered with Richland 2. It's a tiny cog in the big wheel that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was supposed to be. Richland 2 should drop out of that MOU.
Has BeSmart been effective in helping reduce gun and other violence in Richland 2? Who really knows, since the public is not informed of results.
I'm not a fan of BeSmart, because of its close alignment with Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety and MOMs Demand Action.
Guns are not the problem. Mis-use of guns IS the problem.
What's the difference between 70 years ago and now?
Then kids had guns and didn't shoot each other.
Now? Kids steal guns and shoot others to resolve disagreements and settle scores.
That is the problem! What's BeSmart doing about that? Gun locks will not solve that problem.
The DEI Disaster
Watch this October 2022 5-minute video from PragerU.
Christian Watson, host of Pensive Politics, tells us exactly what is going on in Richland Two. Learn what DEI used to mean, and what it means today.
Will the new superintendent call a screeching halt to "DEI" in Richland 2? Will he (or she) disband the DEI department?
Post your thoughts in Comments.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
R2 Safety Summit - why?
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Clicking off the board meetings
Richland Two Board Policy limits the number of paid school board meetings.
After I heard a rumor this week about one board member who might bail when the board hits that number (after all, who wants to work for free?), I wondered how that Policy reads and also how many meetings the board has already had this year.
I didn't have to look far to find the Policy; it's on the agenda for the May 23 board meeting. Board Policy BID is Item 9.1 on the agenda.
Board members are paid $384 per board meeting, and the chair is paid $480. The limit of paid meetings is 30 in a calendar year (not to confused with the School Year).
By my count there have been 9 Regular board meetings and 11 Special-Called Meetings, including a workshop and a retreat. Approximately 38% of the calendar year has passed. Ten paid board meetings remain between now and December 31.
The board will obviously continue on an accelerated pace, because of the need to hire a superintendent. My guess is they will hit that 30-meeting limit about the time the School Year ends on June 30 and the optimistic hiring date for the new superintendent is reached.
There are 13 more Regular Meetings, including the Summer Retreat, already on the 2023 Schedule of Meetings, and the board no doubt add more Special-Called Meetings.
Previously, board members were paid a stipend of $800/month (and $1,000 for the chair), until the District woke up and realized it was out-of-compliance with state law when it paid a stipend, rather than a per diem. When the old board majority had to fix it, they set the current per diem rates in Board Policy.
Board income, whether stipend of per diem, is reportable to IRS and taxed as ordinary income.
Monday, May 15, 2023
Hiring Guideline assures failure
Closing date for applications: May 31, 2023 (11:30 p.m. central time)
Board of Education selects finalists to interview: June 12, 2023
Interviews with the Board of Education: Week of June 19, 2023
Selection of new Superintendent: June 27, 2023
Start date: July 3, 2023
Why will it take from June 1 to June 12 to select finalists? The initial ranking could be done on June 1. Then only one week for interviews? Will all the best candidates be available? And one more week to make an offer? And then expect the new superintendent to start a week later? Will the new guy hold out for more than the $240,000 (plus benefits) that the District paid Davis?
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Whatever happened after the board's discussion of getting a Parliamentarian?
When the Chair calls for a Motion, why do all the board members sit there as if they have been struck dumb?
Why does the Chair then have to make the Motion?
And why isn't there a quick Second?
Does the Board have any idea how hard it is making it to attract a new superintendent? He (or she) will be watching board meetings and just shaking his head. Who will want to walk into such a snake pit?
Was there a problem tonight with the Agenda for the executive session? Item 4.6 was "A Contractual Matter Regarding the Leasing and Purchasing of Properties."
When it was time to vote during the public session, the Motion was explained as Due Diligence, not a contract.
Trustee Scott said she was not going to support the Motion (and she didn't). I didn't understand her comment about not wanting to saddle a new superintendent with something decided on by the board before he was hired. She was apparently thinking of the actions of the previous board majority to hamstring the new board with travel and training restrictions.
A board decision on property leasing or purchase is different. The superintendent is to carry out the decisions of the board. He'll do what he is told.
Could we just have an inspirational moment?
Is it really necessary to give an extended introduction?
Are we hearing a commercial tonight by the man who is speaking?
How about something inspirational?
Consultants' meeting with board 5/8/23
Monday, May 8, 2023
Surprise! Open Meeting; no Executive Session
Friday, May 5, 2023
Gender equity - coming soon?
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Lawsuit really filed?
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Safety Committee Meeting 5/2/2023
Monday, May 1, 2023
Board makes Statement about new search firm
Search Firm hired yet?
Has the Richland 2 School Board/District retained a search firm yet to identify candidates for consideration for the new permanent superintendent?
So far, there have been many Executive Sessions but no announcement.
Does the Board know how to hire a superintendent?
Did they contact other districts to find out whom they interviewed but didn't hire?
What will a search cost? And how quickly will it commence? (Hint: it should have commenced in February.)
I recall investigating a job in 1987 for an executive director of a chamber of commerce in eastern Oregon. A member of the board's search committee responded to my resume and asked me a few questions. Then he asked if I'd pay my own expenses to come there for an interview. I was in Kansas City at the time.
I asked how many candidates they planned to interview. Nine. I told him I would pay my own expenses 1) if I were one of two final candidates for the position and 2) if they would reimburse me if they hired me.
I never received any questions, and I never followed up to learn whom they hired. I also realized that I never wanted to be an Executive Director of a chamber. Can you imagine having 15 "bosses" (on the Board of Directors) and trying to keep eight of them happy?
[Edited. Richland 2 has hired McPherson & Jacobson LLC, according to ABC in Columbia earlier today. The firm is located in Omaha, Nebraska. Its website is https://macnjake.com/
Guess who is listed on their website as a member of their consultant team for South Carolina: "Dr. Baron Davis". And the Richland 2 Board picked that firm???
Read that firm's "Equity Policy".
WOKE - all the way.
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