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March 13, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights


Richland Two March 13, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights
At 5:30 p.m., after calling the meeting to order, the Richland Two Board of Trustees convened in executive session to discuss student appeals; student admission request into the district’s Adult Education Program; approval of diploma petitions; employment recommendations; employment releases and in-district transfers; and legal matters. At 6:30 p.m., the Board reconvened in public session.
Special Recognitions
Alexia Jackson from Richland Northeast High School was selected to be an athletic trainer at the North-South All-Star Football game. She was one of two in the state chosen for this honor. Alexia has been part of the Sports Medicine program and a Student Trainer at Richland Northeast for the last two years. This school year, she has served as the head Student Trainer at RNE. Click here to see a photograph of Alexia taken at the board meeting.
Dr. Anne Richardson, a drama teacher and former chair of the fine arts department at Westwood High School, has won the prestigious Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for Arts in Education. This honor is the highest arts honor in the state and is given to outstanding ambassadors who contribute greatly not just to the arts community but to the overall quality of life. Click here to see a photograph of Dr. Richardson taken at the board meeting.
The board recognized Round Top Elementary for earning “The Leader in Me” Lighthouse School Status. The school was commended for achieving positive school and student outcomes as well as having an extraordinary impact on staff, students, parents and the greater community. The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model, developed in partnership with educators. It teaches 21st-century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Click here to read more about this achievement. Click here to see a group photograph taken at the meeting.
Faculty Focus
Jeffrey McMicken, Lead Teacher of Richland Two AVID Early College, provided background information of the new program progress of our first cohort of students — their successes, challenges, and opportunities. Students Justin Louderbough and Yasmin Friday spoke about their experiences in the new program. Through it, students can earn up to two years of college credit while they’re still in high school. A partnership with USC-Sumter makes the Richland Two AVID Early College. Click here to see the presentation at the board meeting.
Voting Items
Consent Agenda — The Board approved the Consent Agenda that included the minutes from the meeting on Feb. 27; the monthly Technology Report; and employment recommendations, releases and in-district transfers/promotions.
Executive Session Items — The Board approved motions related to employment recommendations, approval of diploma petitions, student appeals, and student admission request into the district’s Adult Education Program.
Policy Revisions — The board approved changes to Policies DA (Fiscal Management Goals and Objectives), DF (Revenues), DFG (Tuition Income), and DM (Cash in School Buildings).
Ratification of Personnel — The board approved the ratification of personnel for the 2018–2019 school year.
No-Action Requested Items
Policy Revisions — The Board received proposed changes to Board Policy DN for first reading.
Budget Update — The board received information on the development of the budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Click here to watch the update from the district’s Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Harry Miley.
The Project CARE Coalition — Javana Lovett, project director for the Project CARE Coalition, provided an update on the activities of The Project CARE Coalition. Click here to watch her presentation to the Board.