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 […]

Jackson to follow Guy as WHS principal

BLYTHEWOOD — Robert S. Jackson will take over as principal of Westwood High School starting July 1. He will replace the current principal, Dr. Cheryl Guy, who has served as the principal since July 2015. Guy, who helped open Westwood High in August 2012 as an assistant principal, is retiring after 25 years of service […]

BHS & WHS to hold graduations in June

BLYTHEWOOD – Richland Two will hold graduation ceremonies for the Blythewood and Westwood high schools’ Class of 2020 on June 3 and 4 at Harry Parone Stadium, located on the campus of Spring Valley High School at 120 Sparkleberry Lane. Blythewood High School will graduate on Wednesday, June 3, and Westwood will graduate on Thursday, […]

R2 Superintendent defends travel expenses

COLUMBIA – Tampa, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. are among the locations where Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis traveled in the name of district business over the past two budget cycles, spending more than $15,700, according to documents obtained by The Voice. In 2018-2019, Davis spent $10,076.50 on travel-related expenses, or enough to buy 30 […]