Author Archives: James Manning

Candidate Support – Nov. 8 , 2016

Below are a list of candidates that I am supporting for the November 8th 2016 ballot.  My support for these folks in no way is a measure of whether we agree on all issues or that I am asking them for any allegiance/favors.  I support them because they are doing it for the right reason, they will do the work necessary to be educated on the issues, they will listen, and I feel that we can work together to get things done that are in the best interest of our community.  I hope that you will take time to learn more about them as well and join me in my support of their candidacies. SC Senate 22 – Susan Brill SC House 79 – Dr. Ivory Thigpen Richland County Council District 8 – Jim Manning Richland Two School Board – Lindsay Agostini, James Shadd, Shelley Williams

Spring Valley SRO Video

I have watched the video several times and there is no doubt that the video is extremely disturbing.  The amount of force used on a female student by a male officer appears to me to be excessive and unnecessary. As the parent of a daughter in Richland School District Two I can assure you that we are taking this matter very seriously.  The district superintendent has been in constant contact with the Richland County Sheriff to express our concern over this matter and the district has banned the deputy in question from all District Two property.  The Sheriff has assured us that a full investigation is under way and that he wants the same questions answered that we all have about this matter.   At this time, I will reserve further comment and judgement until the full investigation has been completed.  However, I want to assure you that the Richland … Continue reading

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!