BHS, WHS teachers among R2 teacher of year finalists

COLUMBIA  — Richland School District Two has announced five finalists for 2023-2024 District Teacher of the Year, two of which are from Blythewood-area high schools: Will Epps, Blythewood High School and Jennifer Tinneny, Westwood High School join Stacey Higgins, Forest Lake Elementary NASA Explorer School; Kathia Rivera de Guzman, Pontiac Elementary School; and Ahmad Stephens, […]

R2 implements safety screenings

BLYTHEWOOD – Students in Richland School District Two returned to schools on Tuesday. A big difference for high school students this year: security screenings. Yesterday, the district tweeted, “Today was day one in the operation of safety screenings at all five Richland Two high schools,” and it seemed to be a success at Blythewood High […]

R2 board announces 3 superintendent finalists

COLUMBIA – Following a nationwide search, the Richland Two Board of Trustees has narrowed the pool of applicants for the position of Richland Two Superintendent to three finalists: Dr. Nia Campbell, Chief Academic Officer for the Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colorado; Dr. Benjamin Henry, Regional Superintendent of the Polk County Schools in Polk County, […]

R2 changes free/reduced meal price policy

COLUMBIA — Richland School District Two has changed its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. During the pandemic, the USDA provided public school districts with waivers to provide free breakfasts and lunches for all students. The waivers ended in […]

R2 board votes 4-3 to not be required to hear grievances

Gilchrist: The Board’s Vote Could Deny Due Process COLUMBIA – Discussion of a complaint policy took center stage at Tuesday’s meeting of the Richland Two School District Board of Trustees. The two opposing factions on the board appeared to talk past each other about the intent of a change in wording to a rule known […]

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 […]

R2 to hold virtual career fair April 22

COLUMBIA — Richland Two School District is holding a virtual All Positions Career Fair from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Candidates will need to preregister using this link: In the document, candidates will provide contact information and then indicate two preferences for interviews. All candidates must register and have a completed application on […]

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 […]

Richland Two’s new kind of ‘homeschool’

BLYTHEWOOD – When Governor McMaster mandated on March 13 that schools, colleges and universities across the state had to shut their doors until at least March 31, teachers and administrators had to prepare and execute, in a very short period of time, a plan to continue educating their students remotely. Richland Two School District administrators […]

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 […]

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