Below are the links to the 10 releases that Conservatives of The Upstate received from their original FOIA request we had to pay $280 for concerning "ALL" communications concerning the segregation by race for a “Unity” program "Lunch and Learn" at Pickens Middle School which apparently also took place at Liberty Middle school months before it did at PMS.
Our members have found proof our SDPC did not release ALL the communications we requested through FOIA and are trying our best to inform parents and taxpayers the truth about the planning of this racist event.
YOU, as a parent/taxpayer deserve COMPLETE transparency and accountability for what took place.
What is the “end game” you may ask?
The concerned taxpayers and parents of Pickens County want to see consequences and apologies for those who thought that segregating children by race for an event was a great idea.
We want assurances through policy changes that segregation by race at a school sponsored event on the taxpayer dime will not ever be allowed again.
We also want a school board policy addition making it clear that a speaker’s video presentation will be made available for parents to see what their child was exposed to. (Adrienne Young’s video is no longer available for parents or taxpayers to view to see what their child was “taught”.)
We want a policy change that states any future speakers hired speaking on political controversial issues to children in our schools will be approved by the Superintendent and School Board and not just allowed because a principal thinks it’s a good idea.
PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PLANNED FOR AUGUST 22 and demand transparency and accountability. (Reminder: this is subject to change) Check below for how to verify it's still correct date.
When are the next School Board meetings?
UNOFFICIALLY… here’s what’s listed on their SDPC website….
2022-2023 Regular Monthly Board Meetings:
****(To be approved in August 2023) ****
August 22, 2022
September 26, 2022
October 24, 2022
November 28, 2022 (this date may move due to Thanksgiving Week being the week prior)
January 23, 2023
March 27, 2023
April 24, 2023
May 22, 2023
June 2, 2023 (Held first Friday of the month)
Called Meetings may be posted periodically and are not listed above as these dates may change, be added or canceled per the discretion of the Board. Please view the Events Calendar on the SDPC webpage at https://www.pickens.k12.sc.us/ for upcoming meeting dates.
Regular board meetings are scheduled on the fourth Monday of each month except for the months of July and December when no meetings are scheduled per board policy BE.
Regular board meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. (unless noted otherwise).
Meetings in November and June are sometimes held outside of the regular schedule due to scheduling needs as approved by the Board of Trustees.
Meeting agendas/packets with details for each meeting are posted to the district website under Board of Trustees/Boarddocs at least 24 hours prior to the meeting as required
All meetings are held in the board room of the Curtis A. Sidden Administrative Building, 1348 Griffin Mill Road in Easley (unless noted otherwise in the posting).
Meeting times and dates are subject to change per the direction of the Board of Trustees.
Minutes are recorded to reflect action of the board so called board meetings that are for informational purposes will not have minutes.
Dr. Danny Merck, Superintendent (864) 397-1000. firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please contact Rosanne Morris, Secretary to the Superintendent & Board Clerk. P: (864) 397-1000
Present Board Members Contact info:
Ms. Amy Williams (864) 350-8937
Mrs. Karla Kelley, V-Chair (864) 201-1732
Dr. Brian Swords (864) 221-3642
Mr. Shannon Haskett (864) 346-7069
Mrs. Betty Garrison, Secretary (864) 630-3325
Mrs. Betty Bagley, Chair (864) 356-3939
Mr. Phillip Bowers (864) 868-2789
DONT FORGET 4 seats on the school board are OPEN for a challenger this November. Filing to run for a seat must be made by August 15th! We need Godly Conservative members who won’t allow Critical Race Theory tenets to be used or taught in our schools!
Links to COTU opinions and comments on those 10 FOIA releases: