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 […]

Movin’ On Up

GEORGETOWN – Former Blythewood High School Principal Keith Price has been named Superintendent of Georgetown County School District. Shown with him are his wife Janet and three of their four daughters – Micah and Amanda on the left and Camryn on the right. Daughter Lauren was unable to attend due to a previously scheduled advanced […]

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 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 OKs $1,000 bonuses for teachers

Revenue Source is $16.9M Budget Surplus COLUMBIA – Richland Two school board approved $1,000 bonuses for its 3,600 district employees during a special called meeting Tuesday night. The district allocated $4.1 million of a $16.9 million budget surplus for teachers and all full-time permanent employees. Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said the allocation is an effort […]

Seidel sanction limited to one week

BLYTHEWOOD – The Chief Communications Officer for Richland School District Two provided documents on Tuesday confirming that Blythewood head football coach Jason Seidel received a one-week suspension and was reprimanded by the District as punishment for violating the school’s recruiting policy. The Voice obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request. Richland Two […]

R2 acknowledges WHS threat

BLYTHEWOOD – A Westwood High School student has been charged with multiple crimes after bringing weapons on campus Tuesday, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported. The 15-year-old student was overheard by another student threatening to “shoot up the school.” He later brought the weapons to the school, the sheriff department’s news release said. The student […]

Voters reshuffle R2 school board

Garvin elected to replace McEachern COLUMBIA – Voters in the Richland Two school board race returned three of the four incumbent candidates to office on Tuesday and seated a political newcomer who received more votes than two of the incumbents, ousting one in the process. In the at-large race, the top four vote getters are […]