Bickering boils over on R2 board

COLUMBIA – Divisiveness continues on the Richland Two school board, with a local pastor with close ties to the school board chairman using a trope with racial and sexist themes to describe another member of the board. A recent post to the Facebook account of Pastor Chris Leevy Johnson criticizes Richland Two board trustee Lindsay […]

USC names Davis superintendent in residence

COLUMBIA – The University of South Carolina’s College of Education recently announced that Baron Davis, superintendent of Richland Two School District, will serve as superintendent in residence for the college’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policies. As superintendent in residence, Davis will teach in the master’s program with principal certification, the education specialist’s program with […]

R2 board suspends public comment

SCSBA Recommends Districts Not Accept FOIA Requests During Pandemic COLUMBIA – In an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the Richland Two school district has followed the lead of other government agencies by streaming meetings electronically. No member of the public may attend meetings in person nor participate in public comments. They can listen […]

R2 schools to close through March 31

News released from Richland School District Two By order of the Governor of South Carolina, Richland Two is canceling school for students starting March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020. With the closure of schools, all student activities including athletics, are canceled from March 16-March 31. Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis said, “Our […]

R2 provides free meals for students during school closure

While school is closed March 16-31, 2020, free bag breakfasts and lunches for children up to age 18 will be made available. The meals will be distributed through pick-up lines outside of the school buildings at the following locations: Bridge Creek Elementary Dent Middle Joseph Keels Elementary Killian Elementary Longleaf Middle North Springs Elementary Polo […]

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 […]