As stated before, there appears to be county election problems that enables certain members of the county and school board the freedom to do whatever they see fit with no worries of removal.
One informant’s email here states, dated March 19, 2013:
I was at the Delegation Meeting in Hardeeville at which you indicated that change was coming to Jasper County.
***** and I filed a protest/challenge to the election held on March 19, 2013 for School Board District #9 seat (copy of correspondence sent to the Chairperson will be mailed under separate copy). There were numerous violations to the South Carolina Code, Section 7 – namely the Vice Chairperson violated sections 7-25-17 and 7-15-420 wherein he conveyed the number of absentee ballots received, opened and counted for ******, before 12 noon, on election day to his friends.
I am asking that each of you make decisions for the future of Jasper County according to your belief system of what is right or wrong and law – not because of the influence of another. Having served on the School Board for four years I know that this is difficult because we are pulled in many directions by many people and organizations. **** ***** and I have always made the bottom line the safety, security and education of the children we represented – not the adults in charge.
Please look deeply into the Board of Elections, as well as, the requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act to the school board by ****** and I. To date, none of our requests have been answered. (End Letter)
Again, it is looking as if this school board and county has deep set practices to cover tracks of mismanagement and abuse of position. For a school district to continue to receive such low marks and to have no sense of reform on its own, makes people concerned that more than education is going on in that school system.
Another letter of concerned people wrote:
Just wanted you to know that our FOIA information has been sent to ********, who along with ******** is trying to get a bill passed through the Judiciary sub-committee on FOIA. It is their hope to get the requests out of being filed in the Circuit Court and instead have the requests filed in Magistrate Court. The reason for the change is that all matters coming into Magistrate Court must be answered and heard within 30 days after filing.
Circuit Court has been a loophole for those not wishing to respond within a reasonable period of time.
Hearings will be held in Columbia within the next few weeks before the Judiciary Sub-Committee and he expressed that maybe we might want to attend. (End Letter)
This school system has not known any repercussions for this behavior nor have they even bothered to enforce their own strategic plan in place that would reach the low academic students with the funds they receive. Currently, the school system is under a federal investigation for misuse of special needs children in the Jasper County School District.
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