I see the familiar figure of a schoolyard bully in the green fields of Dreher High School, seeking to use the power of parents and students, current and future, to force political leaders to knuckle under and run roughshod over the neighboring communities of Melrose and Heathwood. These longtime taxpaying residents properly negotiated a zoning agreement in 2003 with Richland County School District 1 to define the appropriate boundaries between Dreher and its surroundings.
Now the bully dislikes this neighborhood protection and has the funds to rent billboards to prod public opinion.
The hungry bully needs a 2,000-square-foot concession stand for its fluctuating crowd estimates. It wants to tear down recently built athletic facilities, ineptly sited, for new and better ones. What is the true long-term plan for this site in the arms race in Richland 1 high school athletics?
Lucinda E. Shields