R2 Superintendent keeps board travel funds secret

COLUMBIA – Richland Two school district officials spent more than half an hour of the April 26 school board meeting discussing whether board members would have access to the details of board spending on travel and training. This came following the revelation that some board members had overspent to the point of exceeding the board’s […]

R2 trustee arrested for threatening board chair

COLUMBIA – In the latest Richland 2 Board of Trustees debacle, board member Lashonda McFadden has been arrested and charged with Threatening Life of Public Employee. McFadden’s arrest follows the release of a four-minute recording of an executive session at the April 28 board meeting, in which a voice identified as Lashonda says, “I will […]

More chaos erupts at R2 school board meeting

COLUMBIA – The angst and hostility that’s come to define Richland School District Two school board politics over the last year erupted again minutes before Tuesday night’s board meeting was scheduled to open. An altercation which some witnesses said was sparked at least partially by the wife of the district’s Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis resulted […]

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 […]

K-12 Dive names Richland 2 District of the Year

COLUMBIA – Richland School District Two is receiving national recognition for its efforts to create equity of opportunity and access for all students. K-12 Dive, a publication covering education news, has named Richland Two the 2021 District of the Year for its innovation and inclusive initiatives.   “Richland Two was the first school district in South […]

No charges to be filed against Richland Two school administrator accused of sexual misconduct

COLUMBIA – Sheriff Leon Lott announced on Friday, Nov. 19, that no charges will be filed against a Richland Two school administrator who was accused of sexual misconduct during a live-streamed school board meeting last week. “After an intense investigation which included interviewing multiple witnesses and the individuals involved, as well as reviewing surveillance video […]

R2 to vote on new zoning lines Oct. 26

COLUMBIA – The Richland Two Board of Trustees is set to vote on proposed attendance line changes at its regularly scheduled Oct. 26, 2021 meeting. The changes were proposed at the Aug. 24 Richland Two school board meeting. If approved, they would go into effect for the 2022–2023 school year. The impacted schools are Bethel-Hanberry […]

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 […]

Blythewood schools shine on SC report card

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood area schools generally bested other Midlands schools on the recently released 2021 school report cards, though a few schools fell short of state and district results. Four of five Blythewood area elementary schools performed better than their counterparts in Richland Two as well as in the state in all subject areas. Lake […]

R2 offering vaccinations to ages 12+

COLUMBIA – Richland Two is partnering with Prisma Health to offer a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for students who are 12 and older as well as for other individuals eligible for the vaccine who live in the same household with the Richland Two student(s). Prisma Health nurses will administer the Pfizer vaccine in drive-through clinics at […]