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Richland Two discusses changes being made based on Inspector General Report recommendations

A committee dedicated to making changes recommended by the Inspector General presented the work they have done so far in a Tuesday board meeting.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On Tuesday night, a committee of four within the Richland Two School Board presented their proposed changes for the district based on recommendations from the State Inspector General’s office.

The committee was formed in January after the State Inspector General’s office published research on the Richland Two School District in November. The report looked at everything from district spending to community relations and came after Governor Henry Mcmaster ordered an investigation back in June of last year. 

The committee head Tamika Washington gave a presentation about what the committee has done so far and what they are working to accomplish.

“Documentation is due to the office of the inspector general by the Inspector General's office by March 31," Washington said in her presentation.

Joe Trapp, Nikki Porter, and Tamika Washington recommended that the district board change their policies to give the finance committee oversight over any fiscal affairs, they want to change the policies for board meetings, board officer duties, and board conduct and create a policy that would allow the governor to remove board members if necessary.

When the report was published the district was given a timeline for when they needed to turn in a plan of action to the state, and according to Interim Superintendent Nancy Gregory, the plan will be ready in the near future.

“The P-Card documentation due to the SIG is being finalized and should be sent to the IG's Office by the end of this week," Gregory stated.

The committee's work is not quite finished yet but Board Chair Lindsay Agostini says she is happy with the work they've been able to do so far.

"They've been thorough, they've met a few times to figure out what the priorities are and move forward," Agostini said.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, March 14. However, the board is looking at hosting a work session to dive further into the inspector general’s recommendations. 

The Inspector General Committee will disburse as soon as their mission is accomplished. School Board Chair Lindsay Agostini expects the committee to make one final report before they split up.

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