Author Archives: James Manning

Richland Two Opens Monday (Oct 12th) on a Two Hour Delay

The message below is available on the Richland Two website. Dear Richland Two Families, Please read this entire message. Beginning, Monday, Oct. 12, school will start on a two-hour delay. This delay will last at least through the week. Three-year old half-day classes are canceled when we are on a two-hour delay. A two-hour delay means: * If your school normally starts at 8, it will now start at 10 a.m. Dismissal times remain the same. *Bus Riders report to your bus stop two hours later than usual. If you normally get to your bus stop at 6:30. You now report to your bus stop at 8:30. *Due to the numerous road closures, multiple bus routes have been adjusted. If there are changes to bus routes, that information is posted on the district’s website. There will be bus delays. *Please be patient and safe. There will be congestion on roads due to … Continue reading

Councilman Manning Hosts Decker Community Center Meeting

Lake Carolina Attendance

Rezoning and changing attendance for schools is one of the most disruptive decisions that  I make as a school board trustee.  Because of this, I invest a lot time talking with families and researching all of my options.  I have heard from families who have emailed me and who have spoken at our school board meetings.   The requests from these parents are mixed, some want to see another k-5 school, and others want to see a K-2/3-5 option.  I understand that neither option is perfect and that there are a lot of details that will need to be worked out in either scenario. However, after reviewing the potential rezoning options that would have to be considered if we were to choose a k-5/k-5 option, after hearing the districts plans to address the logistical issues with the K-2/3-5 option, and knowing the strong leaders that are involved with both LCE … Continue reading

What Makes A School A “Good School”

As a board member and a parent I reflect on many questions about schools, but the one  I think about the most is “What makes a school a great school?”  Parents, teachers, coworkers, and others tell me that their child attends a great school, or that they moved into a certain part of town because of the good schools, or they ask me which schools are the best schools? The federal government has spent quite a bit of time and money trying to define what makes a school a good school.  With mandates like “No Child Left Behind” schools are assigned  grades based on performance.  The State of South Carolina has developed a new set of guidelines for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver.  Due to differing criteria you may see a school rated as an A on one rating system and a C on the other. The data which … Continue reading

My visit to Brookland Baptist Church, NorthEast

Rev. Chris Leevy Johnson I enjoyed spending time with the congregation at Brookland Baptist Church, Northeast for their “Back to School Bash”.   It was a great way to kickstart the year for our families in Richland Two.

Trustee Manning Speaks at the National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Spring Valley High School

I had the honor of being the guest speaker for the Spring Valley students being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.  I spoke about the need for failure to help define our successes and to make us stronger.  Congratulations to these well deserving students and their families!

What Employers Are Looking For

I often hear the question, how do we prepare our students for the real world.  Well, I believe I have come across the clearest message that I have ever seen regarding this question.  In my opinion this job wanted poster explains the rules we want all of our neighbors, friends, and co-workers to follow!  See the image below.

Trustee Manning Visits Forest Lake Presbyterian

I had the privilege of joining Forest Lake Elementary School principal Dr. Kappy Steck, assistant principal Chris Dickey, and Media Specialist Marion Scullion at Forest Lake Presbyterian to thank the congregation for the work that they do with our students.  Dr. Steck read heart warming comments from the students whose lives have been touched by the mentors that work with them to help with reading, friendship, and many other needs that our students have in Richland Two.  I had the honor of giving a special recognition to Dr. Ellen Skidmore for all that she does in our district, in our community, and for all of our students!

“Grandpa Jones”

“Grandpa Jones”.  You were a grandparent for the community, a military hero, and a family man.  Your Forest Lake Family will miss you.

School Board’s statement on the Superintendent’s Evaluation

Following a 90-minute public question and answer session the Board had with the Superintendent during its meeting on October 22, 2012, the Board convened in Executive Session to further discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation. During executive session this evening, we concluded the Superintendent’s evaluation and met with Dr. Brochu. At this time, the Board would like to make the following statement concerning the results of Dr. Brochu’s evaluation. As a Board, we discussed the Superintendent’s progress on her goals in the areas of academics, leadership and fiscal management. We identified the Superintendent’s strengths as well as some significant areas of concern we would like the Superintendent to address. With respect to the District’s academics, as a whole, we believe we are on the right track. We are pleased with the decrease in the student drop-out rate and the increase in the student graduation rate. We believe our technology needs are being met. The administration has made … Continue reading