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Feb. 13, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights


Richland Two February 13, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights
At 6 p.m. after calling the meeting to order, the Richland Two Board of Trustees convened in executive session to discuss student appeals; student admission requests into the district’s Adult Education program; employment recommendations; diploma petitions and employment releases and in-district transfers. At 7 p.m., the Board reconvened in public session.
Special Recognitions
Students and staff were recognized for their achievements. See the list at the end of this release for more information.
Faculty Focus
Media Specialists Cynthia Johnson from Longleaf Middle School and Lorena Swetnam from Blythewood Middle School shared how school media centers can serve design hubs that incorporate maker learning and computational thinking to expand opportunities for students.
Voting Items
Consent Agenda — The Board approved the Consent Agenda that included the minutes from the meeting on Jan. 23, the Technology Report and Employment Recommendations, Releases and In-District Transfers/Promotions.
2018-2019 School Year Calendar — The Board approved the 2018-2019 school year calendar.
Policy Revisions — The Board approved changes to policies: IHAM (Health Education), IHAQ (Career/Transition to Work Education and JLD (School Counseling)
Meeting Time Change — The Board approved changing the start time of the Public Session of board meetings to 6:30 p.m. starting with the meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Proposal: Policy Revisions The board received for First Reading proposed changes to policies for first reading: DBD ( Determination of Budget Priorities), DE (Revenues from Tax Sources - Debt), DFA ( Investments), DFC (Federal Aid), DH (Bonded Employees and Offices)
Second Quarter Financials Dr. Harry Miley, Richland Two’s Chief Financial Officer presented the Second Quarter Financials report.
Proposal 8 percent Budget Dr. Miley and Executive Director of Operations Will Anderson presented the 2018—2019 Eight Percent Budget for First Reading. For the last 8-10 years the district has borrowed about $10 million annually for capital projects such as maintenance of our buildings, minor building improvements, safety enhancements as well as capital expenditures for technology equipment and infrastructure. Administrators at each site, including all the schools, submit requests each year for projects to be funded from this $10 million and the money is spread across the district based on priority need. Click here to read list of building/maintenance/safety projects and click here to read the list of proposed technology projects that make up the proposed 2018–2019 Eight Percent/Capital Improvements Budget.
Special Recognitions
February 23, 2018 Richland Two Board of Trustees
  • Mary Grace Boyce, Ellie Pobis and Caroline Williamson from Richland Northeast High School won first place in the National Scholastic Press Association’s magazine design contest.
  • The Blythewood High School ROTC won first place awards at the State Drill Championship.  The team won first in Armed Squad Regulation, commanded by cadet Sgt. First Class Cameron Smith; first in Unarmed Squad Regulation, commanded by cadet First Lt. Jessica Mitchell; and first in Unarmed Squad Exhibition, commanded by cadet Major Asia Williams and led by drill team commander cadet Captain Kymani Quick.   The squad is led by Sgt. Frank Bell.
  • Spring Valley High School football standouts Channing Tindall  and Willie Keandre Jones were recognized for prestigious opportunities in post season play.  Tindall was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowl and Jones was selected to play in the 2017 North South All Star Football Game.
  • Eronda Jackson and Melody Butler from Richland Northeast High and Nona Montoya from Support Service Center were elected officers of the S.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals. 
  • Jill Averyhart and Paula Rosenberger from the District Office were elected officers of the National Association of Educational Professionals. Georgette Council from the District Office and Louise Snipes from Summit Parkway Middle were appointed to the board of NAOEP.
  • Richland Northeast High School’s school counseling program was named a Recognized ASCA Model Program by the American School Counselor Association.
  • Sara Fawcett, CEO of the United Way of the Midlands, recognized Richland Two as having the Best Campaign in the Public Sector and Jackson Creek with its Premier Award for best new account.  Eight schools and centers were also recognized for having Gold, Silver and Bronze per capita giving awards.  They are District Administration, W.R. Rogers Adult Education Center, Blythewood Middle School, Catawba Trail Elementary, Center for Achievement, R2i2, Lake Carolina Elementary Lower and Longleaf Middle School.  Two schools, Conder Elementary and Polo Road Elementary, were recognized for more than doubling their totals from the year before.