Richland 2 lauded for AP access, success

COLUMBIA – Richland County School District Two is one of only 3 school districts in the state to be named to the College Board’s 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for significant gains in student access and success in AP testing. Only 250 districts in the United States and Canada were named to the list. […]

R2 board names new officers

COLUMBIA – Richland Two’s board of trustees has new leadership. James Manning is now chairman, taking over for Amelia McKie, who remains a voting member. Teresa Holmes was named vice chairman and Cheryl Caution-Parker became secretary, according to votes taken at the June 25 meeting. Manning and Caution-Parker were unanimously voted into their new positions. […]

Agostini: Board chair plays favorites with speakers

COLUMBIA – Amid budget discussions, policy revision votes and a slew of special recognitions, one board member’s critique of the Richland Two chairwoman’s job performance punctuated a more-than-four-hour meeting. The drama began at about the 38-minute mark of the May 14 meeting when board member Lindsay Agostini called attention to “inconsistent” enforcement of the board’s […]

Letters: R2 Must Follow the Law

The law is absolutely clear. Mrs. McKie was not eligible to take the oath of office on November 13, 2018, because she had not filed her Statement of Economic Interests Report (SEI). Therefore, the oath that she did utter on November 13th is worthless and invalid. Mrs. McKie first became eligible to take the oath […]

Altered bond doc slips past R2 board

COLUMBIA – When the Richland Two school board trustees’ former secretary declined to sign documents asserting that Board Chairwoman Amelia McKie is legally allowed to serve on the board, two trustees say the board was not notified the documents were modified to include phrasing dismissive of McKie’s ethics controversy. “I was not aware of the […]

Residents push back against R2’s $468.4M bond as excessive

BLYTHEWOOD – Before Richland 2 voters decide whether or not to approve a tax increase to pay for $468.4 million in various school projects, school officials are heavily promoting the referendum. One stop on the district’s information tour occurred Monday in Blythewood before a small crowd at Doko Manor. The public forum featured presentations from […]

Second Report Links Board Member to Coach

BLYTHEWOOD – A second incident report from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department surfaced late last week, again linking Richland 2 School Board member Melinda Anderson to Westwood High School head football coach Rodney Summers. The report covers an incident of “intimidation” that took place on Oct. 30 at a Westwood High School football practice. According […]