Richland 2 School Board candidates speak out at forum

Eight of ten Richland 2 School Board candidates appeared in a Zoom forum Tuesday evening to talk about their platforms and priorities. James Mobley and Lawrence Terry did not participate. Below are what the candidates had to say. (Please note that in the Thursday, Oct. 22 edition of The Voice of Blythewood, the first paragraph […]

Muller Road’s Cuffy named R2 Teacher of the Year

BLYTHEWOOD — In a surprise classroom visit today, Richland School District Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis announced the 2020-2021 District Teacher of the Year. Davis visited the classroom of Tryphena Cuffy virtually to make the announcement. Cuffy, a sixth grade teacher at Muller Road Middle School, was one of five finalists competing for the […]

New R2 policy targets trustee

COLUMBIA – A recently enacted Richland Two school board policy supported by Superintendent Baron Davis would make it more difficult for sitting members to access district records they rely upon to help frame public policy. However, Davis said the policy is designed to curtail capricious and voluminous record requests. On Tuesday night, the Richland Two […]

R2 board approves Aug. 31 start date

COLUMBIA – The Richland Two Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to approve a revised calendar for the upcoming school year. Aug. 31 will be the first day of school for students. It was announced during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that five days (Aug. 17 – 21) will be LEAP Days that are designed […]

Dillon awarded R2’s Hamm scholarship

COLUMBIA – The Richland Two Education Foundation has awarded the Debra W. Hamm Scholarship to Blythewood High School 2020 graduate Tillman Dillon. The $3,000 scholarship honors the legacy of the former Richland Two Superintendent by providing financial assistance to a qualifying student to pursue their dreams of earning a college or associate’s degree.  Dillon, who […]

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 […]

Tucker awarded SCASA Lifetime Achievement

BLYTHEWOOD – Jeaneen Tucker, Principal of Round Top Elementary in Richland School District Two, has been selected by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) as one of four 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Tucker began her career in public education in 1981 as a special education teacher in Dekalb County, Georgia. She later […]

R2 delays sports practice indefinitely

COLUMBIA – The fall prep sports season in Blythewood took a blow Saturday when Richland District 2 delayed the start of athletics practices indefinitely because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the state. “The decision was a difficult one to make because we know how much our students, coaches, band directors and JRTOC instructors […]

R2’s Shadd racks up $57K in tax liens

COLUMBIA – A Richland Two school board member has racked up more than $57,000 in county and state tax liens since 2012.  Documents reviewed by The Voice show that James Shadd has been slapped with nine tax liens totaling $57,173.87, including one as recently as May 8 of this year. The liens were filed in response […]

R2: 20-21 budget OK; 21-22 may not be

COLUMBIA – Richland Two doesn’t anticipate any tax increases or job losses in next year’s budget beset by the COVID-19 pandemic. District officials, however, cautioned that both actions remain a distinct possibility in the 2021-2022 budget. “2020-2021 ought to be fine,” said Dr. Harry Miley, the district’s chief financial officer. “2021-2022 may be the more […]