Now that the election for the Richland District 2 board is over, let me say this: Shame on you. All of you.
Shame on the former administrators who allowed their names on an objectionable flyer. Shame on the parents committee and individuals who pounded race into the headlines. All of them were singing “me, me, me,” and none of them was in the choir.
Every day, Army and Air Force service people commute to Sumter so their children can be taught in Richland 2. People take jobs in Columbia for the quality of the schools. It’s been that way for the 34 years that I’ve lived here.
The children and their education always came first because that’s the only way out of poverty and into parity. Occasionally some board members would get full of their little selves, but not many.
Times have changed.
I audited a school district on the coast where the board demanded reading books different from the ones selected by the state Education Department. In another district, along the “Corridor of Shame,” the board shifted gifted and talented money to unacceptable uses.
It’s time we do away with school boards. One hundred years ago they were critical. Not anymore. They have evolved to a place where entry-level politicians hone their egos while they consider an even bigger ego trip like county council or the Legislature.
Local control is a specious argument that pretends algebra in Walhalla is different from algebra in Conway. We should eliminate this egotistical and self-serving behavior by disbanding the vehicle that nurtures it.
James M. Holloway Jr.