John de la Howe School in McCormick County is funded with public dollars. Someone needs to remind the school's president and board members of that and encourage them to be more than just a little transparent about why the school was under investigation by the state's office of the inspector general.
For what? Well, that's hard to say as the school's president, Thom Mayer, it's board chairman and vice chairman, Jan Duncan and Rosalind McNeal, have not only been close-mouthed on the topic, they've discussed quite a bit behind closed doors. Most recently, they met behind closed doors for a rather extensive length of time prior to the planned and supposed public meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Given the school's recent history — labeled as a "school at risk" on last year's state report card — there are reasons for concern as to why the inspector general’s office is investigating the school. That office lready issued a report, which remained under wraps, and the board responded to the report, but its response is also cloaked for the time being. We hope the cloaks will soon be removed so the taxpayers can know what is going on at the school.
Fujifilm gets a thumbs up this time around as it is plans to make $50 million in capital investments in its operations during the next 10 years.
All too often rumors circulate Fujifilm's doors are going to close any day. While it's true the sprawling Fuji campus was revamped a time or two, it is also true Fuji adapts to the ever-changing world of imaging. If the Greenwood plant only produced one-time use 35mm film cameras, Fuji's future might be less certain. But the plant's management has shown it uses research and development to its best advantage and continues to find ways to a major player among Greenwood's industries.
That Fujifilm intends to invest that kind of capital during the next decade should serve to quell rumors it will be packing its bags and moving on. Having just celebrated 25 years in Greenwood County, it appears obvious Fujifilm fully wants and expects to be here for the long haul. And that's a good thing.
We have to chime in with others who have already passed along accolades, such as CPW's manager Steve Reeves, to the various crews who remained on alert or otherwise had to respond to situations resulting from this week's incredible cold snap. In general, the Lakelands fared well. Yes, there were some outages and burst pipes, but as the saying goes, things could have been much worse. Thanks also to the service industry people, such as the plumbers and HVAC guys who had to brave the weather to fix people's heating units and broken pipes. Yes, it's their job, but ...
And once again, thanks should be doled out to the folks in the public safety arena. They had to endure the cold while the majority of us stayed sheltered.