Tag Archives: Richland Two

Joint resolution honoring Bob Davis put forth by Senator Lourie

I was honored to be present in the SC Senate chamber as Bob Davis, the Richland Two CFO, was honored with a joint resolution celebrating his years of service in the district and the state of SC.  Bob thank you for your dedication to the students and families of Richland Two.

School Improvement Council and Questions Online

In November I will have had the honor of serving on the Richland Two School Board of Trustees for Two years.  I would like to thank my supporters and thank those that have challenged me in a way that has made me grow and look at things in new ways. One of the ways that I have challenged myself to learn about the district in a more intimate manner is a commitment to visit all SIC’s in the district.  This is over 30 meetings added to my schedule, an ambitious goal to say the least! At this time I have visited 7 SIC meetings and have already heard things from parents that have helped me to better understand the district, further demonstrated the commitment of principals to their schools and communities, and has allowed parents and teachers to share their thoughts with me in a way that I have not previously experienced. I have also decided that … Continue reading

First Day of 2nd Grade at Forest Lake

My daughter started her first day of 2nd grade at Forest Lake Elementary.  

Online Suggestion Box

I want to hear from you about things that are going well and things that could be improved on in Richland School District Two. In an effort to make sure that I hear from everyone I have setup an email form. This form will allow to submit your information anonymously (leave the name and email fields blank) or complete the entire form if you want me to contact you in return.

Richland Two Rezoning: Revised Scenario

As you know by now the board has released a revised plan that incorporates aspects of all three of the original proposed plans and a few other changes.  As a board, we have all worked countless hours to try to find a plan that will work for all students.  Please note this plan is going to be voted on as part of our next board meeting on November 15th. The plan is not final as it stands at this time. The only final plan is the one that the board will vote into existence at the board meeting on the 15th.  Several board members, including myself, are still working to “tweak” the plan to make sure that it is the most equitable plan possible.  These “tweaks” can be expressed in the form of amendments during the voting process. I personally believe that we can improve on the current plan with … Continue reading

Richland Two Rezoning

I have received a lot of feedback from the community regarding the rezoning process that is being proposed for our Richland Two high schools. Please know that I am dedicated to all of our high schools and our students equally. Also know that I am looking to the future, not just the here and now, as I work through this difficult process and that I am not “caving” to political pressures. Rather, I am using common sense, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each school, and looking at how this process can lead to creating stronger schools across the district for many years to come. Richland Two has a long history of success and I am dedicated to providing the necessary resources and required level of commitment in all of our schools that will allow for this hard earned reputation to continue well into the future. I will not … Continue reading

Richland School District Two Proposes A New District Office

The Richland School District Two Board of Trustees has approved a RFQ (Request for Qualification) for a new District Office facility. This is the first time that the board has considered going through the building process with a design-build RFQ/RFP concept. The design-build concept is one that brings together the builder, architect, and subcontractors to submit a single proposal for the entire project from start to finish. The lead partner will be the single point of contact for the entire project. The idea is to see what innovative ideas that the business community can bring to the table for the district and to reduce the timeline for building and thus the cost. This will make the process for identifying and buying land an easier task, since that will be handled on the part of the managing partner and not by the district directly. Click on the link below to see … Continue reading

International Flavors Festival

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.

Construction Projects

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