Trapp pushes back against Richland 2 statement

COLUMBIA – Following last week’s disruption at a Richland Two school board meeting that involved the superintendent and his wife, who some witnesses say cursed at a student, the district released a statement categorically disputing that the superintendent and his wife were in any way unruly toward a student, a parent, a candidate for the […]

Joe Trapp, Jr. announces candidacy for R2 board

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood’s Joe Trapp, Jr. has announced on Facebook that he is running for a seat as a member of the Richland 2 School Board in November 2022 elections. “I am genuinely interested in finding out what concerns parents have about their children’s educational experience as well and giving everyone a chance to find […]

Three R2 school board members walk out of chaotic meeting

COLUMBIA – A dramatic walkout by three Richland Two School Board members during Tuesday night’s regular school board meeting, ended the meeting after only 35 minutes. The walkout left only four board members to continue the meeting. Board policy specifies that it takes five members to constitute a quorum, Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis told the […]

R2 trustee threatens to sue constituent

COLUMBIA – A school board vice chair has threatened to sue a constituent over comments he made about her and another board member, according to a series of emails obtained by the Voice. In four separate e-mails dated Sept. 3, Oct. 25, Nov. 9 and Nov. 23, Richland Two Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Teresa […]

R2 board: Shadd out, Elkins, Agostini, McFadden in

COLUMBIA – Richland Two School Board Chairman James Shadd, lost not only his board chairmanship Tuesday night, but his seat on the board as well. Newcomer Lashonda McFadden bested Shadd with 2,831 votes to his 2,404. The two other incumbents, Monica Elkins with 3,454 votes and Lindsay Agostini with 3,148 votes retained their seats. Shadd […]

R2 Black Parents Association grades board incumbents

COLUMBIA – The Richland Two Black Parents Association (BPA) has released their School Board Candidates Report Card for the 2020 elections. The Report Card evaluates incumbents only, based on their past service on the board. Lindsay Agostini got an across-the-board A and high praise from the BPA for her knowledge about the work of the […]

Help, Help Me Rhonda

Blythewood resident Rhonda Meisner, a candidate for the Richland Two school board, speaks to voters during the ‘All In’ candidate tour when it stopped at Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream Shop in Blythewood on Saturday.

Tax leins ignored by R2 trustees

COLUMBIA – A Richland Two school board trustee facing more than $49,000 in liens over unpaid income taxes will lead the body that determines numerous fiscal matters, including the district’s $301.1 million annual budget. On June 30, the board voted 6-1 to appoint James Shadd as chairman. Shadd takes over for James Manning, who’s served […]

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 Super’s California trip raises critic’s ire

COLUMBIA – Richland Two school board trustees are lashing out at one of their biggest critics over him questioning the district superintendent’s planned speaking engagement in Los Angeles next month.  One by one, at the Feb. 11 meeting, trustees chided Richland County resident Gus Philpott for characterizing the upcoming California conference as a junket. “Superintendent […]

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