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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!

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

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