Category Archives: K-12

Lawmakers Move to Stop School Bond Bills

Several S.C. school districts that are seeking the General Assembly’s approval to allow them to sell taxpayer-backed bonds for daily operations likely will face an even tougher fight when lawmakers return to Columbia next week. Sens. Danny Verdin, R-Laurens, and … Continue reading

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Foreign Teachers Favored in S.C. K-12 Hiring, Recruiter Claims

Despite the loss of thousands of teaching jobs in South Carolina in recent years, some public school districts in the Palmetto State have been hiring foreign teachers over American applicants, a teacher recruiter claims. J. Renee Gordon, who runs an … Continue reading

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How Do I Hate Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

Susan Baker of Chapin voices her displeasure with a member of the Lexington-Richland District 5 board during the Nov. 14 meeting by reading a prepared text that begins, “How do I hate thee, let me count the ways…“ Baker, the … Continue reading

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Results of District 5 Audit Detailed

Alan Grimsley of the accounting firm of Derrick Stubbs & Stith presents his report on the Lexington Richland District 5 2010-11 fiscal year audit. Continue reading

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Attorney Tells District 5 How Bond Money Can be Spent

McNair Law Firm attorney Francenia Heizer, speaking at the Nov. 14 Lexington Richland District 5 school board meeting, discusses what projects may be undertaken as a result of the 2008 bond referendum. Continue reading

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Richland 2 Crawls onto Transparency Bandwagon

The last of South Carolina’s 80-plus school districts has finally posted its check register online, nearly 1.5 years after being required to do so by a state budget proviso. Richland School District 2, one of the 10 largest school districts … Continue reading

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Chapin Student Tells District 5 Board Member Don’t Oppose Renovation

Chapin High School sophomore class president Matteo Macaluso singled out Lexington-Richland District 5 school board member Kim Murphy during the Nov. 14 board meeting for her opposition to renovating his school.

“… let it be known should there be any further delays to purposely stall our much-needed renovations you will be met with heavy resistance not only from around the community but also by the student body of Chapin High School. Especially since you continually insult all of our intelligences, because at Chapin high school, in case you didn’t know, we have smart students who see right through your lies. … And if needed, this resistance will form, I personally guarantee it.” Continue reading

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Yates: District Not Forthcoming With Responses

Speaking during the public participation portion of the Oct. 24 Lexington-Richland School District 5 board meeting, retiree Ed Yates expresses his frustration with district officials regarding his attempts to get answers on questions concerning district spending.

Yates says all he’s been doing is asking questions about how some of the district money has been spent, but he feels the district has not been forthcoming with its responses. Continue reading

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District 5: Let Taxpayers Look Up Data Themselves

When Lexington-Richland School District 5 Chief Financial Officer Karl Fulmer is asked if the district’s online check registers can be made easier to read by using account names instead of 15-digit codes, he says the district is only required to publish its check registers.

Afterward, board member Ed White says that since the district recently posted information on its website explaining how expenditures are categorized by code, District 5 constituents can go look up the information for themselves. Continue reading

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District 5 Officials Balk at Adding Information to Check Registers

It’s been more than a year since South Carolina school districts began posting their spending details online in accordance with a 2009 legislative proviso, but efforts by individuals in at least one district to expand transparency were recently rebuffed in … Continue reading

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