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

Response to Richland County Sheriff firing Spring Valley SRO

School officials and police officers both have the tough job of making on-the-spot judgment calls during the course of their daily duties.  I respect the difficulty of these decisions and I regret the fact that a bad decision can lead to bad outcomes for all involved.  However, both educators and police officers must be held to a high standard when interacting with students and the public.  With this in mind, I respect Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott’s decision to fire the SRO.  As a community, we must continue the work that we have done to support each other through all of the recent tragedies in South Carolina and to remain united as we deal with this difficult situation.

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 Two Board and District staff are committed to the safety of all of our students and are taking immediate steps to ensure that our students are treated with the full respect and dignity that they deserve while in our care.


James Manning,
Richland Two Board Chair

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 multiple road closures.

*Remember, do not drive around or move any barricades. Families
of car riders and student drivers, make sure to check your route to school.

*Breakfast will be available and lunch will be served. For schools impacted by the boil-water advisory, bottled water will be provided.

*If the two-hour delay creates a hardship for families, limited staff will be available so that
schools can open their doors at the normal time.

*To assist the Richland Two community, we have set up an informational page about the
delay on our website.

*If you know of a family who does not have Internet access at home, please help us share this information with them. They can visit a Richland Library branch, where computers and Internet access are available.

Returning to a familiar routine after a natural disaster is important for our students. As
always safety is our number one priority. Thank you for working with us as we strive to get
our students back in school safely.

If you have questions that are not answered with the information on the website, please
call 803-738-3233 and leave a message. That line will be checked multiple times over the

Councilman Manning Hosts Decker Community Center Meeting

Councilman Jim Manning Announces Run for SC House District 78

I am excited to support my uncle, Councilman Jim Manning, for his run for SC House District 78!

Richland County Council Jim Manning to Run for SC House District 78

Columbia, South Carolina, August 3, 2015

Jim Manning is officially announcing that he will run for the SC House of Representatives’ District 78. Manning, a licensed Social Worker, has served on Richland County Council since 2009. He is married to Sandra C. Manning, Ph.D. who served on the Richland School District ONE Board from 1993 to 2004 and they have 2 adult sons. In addition to his Masters in Social Work, he has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Jim will continue his efforts to improve the lives of citizens residing in Richland County by creating a thriving Decker Boulevard, safe communities with stellar schools and empowered neighborhoods. Jim will remain committed to his previous work to improve infrastructure, particularly the state’s roads and bridges. His particular interest at this time regarding safe communities is the prevention of human trafficking.

On council, has brought his educational and professional experience to balance government budgets against people’s needs to reconcile fiscal responsibility and social programs. Called an affable Social Worker by a local reporter, this is a characteristic that has served the citizens on Richland County well during his years as an elected official.

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 and Elementary 19 the decision for me is clear.

I will be voting for the K-2/3-5 option tomorrow night (11/12/2013).

I believe that this will keep the community together as unified body and give the students the best chance possible for continued success. I have been amazed at the support that the Lake Carolina residents have demonstrated for the students from that community and know that with this decision we will continue to provide the best education for our students.

Thank You,

James Manning

Vote Yes Nov. 5 – Richland County Libraries

Join me in supporting our Richland County Libraries on November 5 with a vote of YES.


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 the federal government and the state uses to assign grades to schools is important and it helps to provide school administrators and board members specific areas to focus on for improvements.  However, I don’t believe that the data which is analyzed as part of these mandates account for everything that makes a school a good school. I once had someone tell me, before I was a parent, what makes a good school good is a positive interaction between you, your child, and the teacher.  I have also had state-wide experts tell me that they have seen better teaching in some schools that are rated poorly than they observed in schools that are highly rated.

So, as I continue to reflect on this issue at the beginning of this new school year, I have decided to ask you,  what makes a school a good school?  You can email me (, Tweet me #goodschool (@jamesmanningsc), or Facebook me (jamesmanningsc).  I look forward to hearing from you!

James Manning
Richland Two School Board Trustee


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.