Saturday, July 29, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Well, let's see about that.
In a gushy news article about Richland 2, WISTV.com fell all over itself to pat Richland 2 on its back. Too bad it didn't tell the story more accurately.
Notice the catchy headline:
Now, read the article and see if you can find the "systemic change" referred to in the headline.
Did you notice the glee a couple of weeks ago when the 89% completion percentage of the IG's recommendations was mentioned at a school board meeting? And the "Nancy Pelosi" hand-clapping? Why are the trustees cheering?
The I.G. had slammed Richland 2. Sure, his report was based on the old board (the then-majority, all of whom are gone). What's happening now is that Richland 2 is cleaning up its act. So the "spin" is to say "Look what we have accomplished."
All smoke and mirrors, folks.
Now here are a couple of statements from the WIS article. Read them and decide how you feel about the truthfulness.
Here's a quote from Supt. Moore:
“'I would describe [the progress] as exceptional. Because in seven months, we’ve reached 89% which is a result of really hard work by the entire district but some key people in particular,' continued Dr. Moore."
The Royal "We"
Notice her "... in seven months, we've reached 89%". Why is she including herself in the credit? Key people? Two of them are already gone! And she wasn't even here.
Moore was hired by Richland 2 (a Post and Courier article referred to her as "newly-minted". Not sure why a new hire would be described as "newly-minted". But that's how the reporter described her.
Her first day at work was July 3. She had no part whatsoever is the first six months of 2023.
And a better example:
“'My focus this year has been on fiscal accountability as well as our HR practices, which is right in alignment with what the IG report states. Because we have to be very good stewards of the resources that we have, that the public has trusted us with. So, accountability and expectations are the foundation of the work we are doing here in our district,' concluded Dr. Moore."
Her focus this year? She hasn't been here a month yet. So her focus "this year" has absolutely not been on fiscal accountability. Look at the buzzwords right off the "get this right" shelf: "alignment"; "very good stewards"; "accountability"; "expectations"'; "foundation".
"My focus"? She is already claiming the prize for any accomplishment. There is no accomplishment here. It's a business. A business that was doing things wrong and got caught at it. Manpower in the District must have been stretched thin to get all the normal work done PLUS dealing with the I.G.'s critical report.
Remember when Harry Miley said his department couldn't crank out an extra paycheck to a large number of employees (but not all) before spring break? And Monica Scott said she had faith that he'd do so? Did he? How did he do it? How much overtime pay was required to send employees some vacation pay a week early? Did that pushback cost Miley his job?
Prioritizing the response to the I.G.'s Report had to cost a bundle, and no one is talking about that.
I have a personal interest in a small amount of that remaining 11%. It could have been handled in five minutes by the interim superintendent. Instead, it lingered in limbo for over two months. It should have been addressed and resolved before the new superintendent took office. It wasn't. So not she will get to deal with it. Or else Inspector General Lamkin will get to deal with it.
Friday, July 21, 2023
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Friday, July 14, 2023
Thursday, July 13, 2023
On June 26, 2023 Richland 2, without fanfare or announcement, revised its Trespass Policy under Administrative Rule (AR) KI-R. An appeal form has been added as File KI-E.
Supt. Moore referred to this revision at the end of the I.G. Recommendations Committee meeting on July 12, 2023.
Where do you find the revised KI-R?
Go to the District's website. Then click on EXPLORE; then click on School Board; then click on BOARD POLICIES; then click on K - SCHOOL - COMMUNITY - HOME RELATIONS; then click on Policy KI Visitors.
In AR KI-R Visitors, scroll down to Trespass Notices.
Language has been added to the Administrative Rule, Paragraph Two now reads, "A trespass notice is a written notice informing an individual that he/she has been banned from a designated property ..."
N.B., "... from a designated property..." Singular. One property. Not ALL properties.
On July 11th I emailed Supt. Moore to request an appointment regarding the trespass policy. When no one had called to arrange it, I telephoned today and was transferred by a District operator to an extension that was answered by voicemail with a message that did not include the name of the woman speaking.
That did not please me at all! What kind of business tolerates blind voice mailboxes? Especially when the caller has been forwarded to the superintendent's office!
The school district is on a four-day workweek, so tomorrow is a dead day in the district.
I shall contact the I.G., if I don't hear early next week.
What I want to know is whether Marq Claxton, Director of Safety & Security, is still using the trespass notice that bans the recipient from ALL District properties, as he was during the entire 2021-2022 School Year and which he continued to use into the 2022-2023 School Year.
I'd love to ask Claxton to answer, under oath, who directed him to expand the trespass letter beyond the scope of the Administrative Rule!
Friday, July 7, 2023
What is a Local Board Approved course (LBA)? A Local Board Approved (LBA) course is an elective course that is not listed in the South Carolina Department of Education’s Activity Code Book. The state allows local school districts to create Local Board Approved courses, but they must be electives only. These courses allow us flexibility to best meet school and student needs in our district. [Emphasis added] As a formality, local School Boards are required by the South Carolina Department of Education to approve these courses annually.
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Why does Richland Two have a "Communications and Strategic Partnerships Department"?
You'd think they were trying to correct a "Bud Light" problem.
Certain communications from the District are important; like, announcing a new superintendent and maybe one short message (back in January) that old one was gone.
All the other stuff? Why not just close it and use all that money in a different way?
Does the public have any idea how much money is spent by the various departments of Richland Two?
Tuesday, July 4, 2023
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