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May 8, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights


Richland Two May 8, 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 expulsions, student appeals, admission request into the district’s Adult Education Program; employment recommendations, employment releases and in-district transfers. Public session resumed at 6:30 p.m.

Student Focus

Pontiac Elementary School Principal Katie Barber and students shared an update on the school's DARE Program.

Special Recognitions

Two Richland Two students are winners of the 2017 National Conservation Poster Contest for South Carolina. They are Evan Outlaw from Catawba Trail Elementary, representing K-first grade and Emiya Gallman from Blythewood High, representing seventh-ninth grade.

Dent Middle School won the 2018 Richland Two Quiz Whiz Academic Tournament. Team members include Harsha Avula, Carson Aycock, Stephanie Babinec, Aleena Chattha, Parth Desai, Wesley Fletcher, Matthew Hitchcock, Zachary Huang, Pranav Poola, Steve Robinson, Jack Wouri and Joshua Yow. Marc Turner and Cathy Stinson serve as coaches for the team.

Three schools celebrated their recognitions from the S.C. Association of Student Councils (SCASC):

Blythewood High School -- Andrew Busbee won first place for Freshmen First Recap Video. Savannah Simpson was inducted into the Terry McCoy Student Council Hall of Fame. Student body officers Savannah Simpson and Avery Williams were recognized for BHS receiving the Gold Honor Council Award.

Richland Northeast High’s Kennedy Perry was elected District Four Chair of the S.C. Association of Student Councils, and student body president Kamya Johnson was recognized for RNE receiving the Gold Honor Council Award.

Ridge View High School’s Victoria Jackson was inducted into the Terry McCoy Student Council Hall of Fame, and Ridge View Student Council received the Gold Honor Council Award.

Kayla Jeffers, Lo’ren Suber and Janiya Valentine from Richland Northeast High School won first place awards at the HOSA State Leadership Conference for their Public Service Announcement.

Spring Valley High School had 18 first place winners at the S.C. Jr. Academy of Science Written Research Paper and Oral Presentation competition. They are: Erin Byrd, Casey Carter, Vamsi Gorrepati, Isak Jatoi, Deiveek Kerai, Vikram Kumar, Anhijith Nair, Anika Nair, Dawn Nguyen, Khushi Patel, Gillian Patton, Pallavi Rao, Bridgette Ravindra, Elizabeth Shytle, Aaron Stark, Kristina Trifonova, Sreya Varanasi and Alyssa Williams.

Voting Items

Consent Agenda — The Board approved the Consent Agenda that included the minutes from the meeting on April 24; the monthly’s technology report; admission request into the district’s Adult Education Program; and employment recommendations, releases and in-district transfers/promotions.

Executive Session Items — The Board voted on items from executive session including employment recommendations; student expulsions and student appeals.

Policy Revisions — The Board approved changes to Board Policies IHBA (Special Ed/Programs for Students w/ Disabilities) and JFABF (Students in Foster Care).

No-Action Requested Items

Policy Revisions — The Board received proposed changes to Board Policy GCC/GDC (Employee Personal Leaves and Absences).

Policy Report — The Board heard a report on Policies KFB (Community use of District Conference Facility and AR KFB (Community use of District Conference Facility)

Trauma Informed Schools — Dr. Shirley Vickery, Richland Two’s executive director of Instructional Support Services, presented an updated on Trauma Informed Schools to the board.

Fort Jackson Education Partnership — The Board heard information on the Fort Jackson Education Partnership from Ms. Dawne Whitley, director of Magnet Programs, and Mr. Roger Wiley, district registrar.

Accountability Model — Dr. John Arnold, director of Accountability and Assessment, gave an update on the South Carolina Succeeds, the state education accountability plan.