Monthly Archives: November 2010
On Saturday November 13th, Richland County sponsored an International Flavors Festival that featured the many cultures and nationalities represented in Richland County. It was held on Decker Boulevard due to this being the official International Corridor of the county. There was entertainment, food, and displays that represented many different nationalities. The event was kicked off with a parade that featured some of the local politicians, including myself. Richland School District Two also provided entertainment to include the Conder Dance Troop and the Conder Steel Drum Band. Richland Two is a very diverse school district. Our students speak over 55 different languages! It is important to recognize and celebrate the things that make us different as well as the same. This festival highlighted that fact in a tangible way.
Richland School District Two is a fast growing school District. We grew by over 700 Students last year during the down economy. This equates to an elementary school’s worth of growth last year. In order to accommodate this rate of growth, the voter’s approved a 306 Million Dollar bond referendum in 2008 to provide the funds for the required building projects. Richland Two has done a phenomenal job of keeping construction costs down, in fact in October of this year the Richland Two School Board requested and was granted a decrease in taxes for citizens due to the large amount of savings that have been realized due to early project completion, the best credit rating in the state allowing for some loans to be as little as 0%, and being shovel ready during a down economy that has reduced the cost of construction. On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, I visited … Continue reading