The Richland One Board of School Commissioners
The seven-member Board of School Commissioners is the governing body of Richland County School District One. The Board is comprised of three at-large members and four members who represent geographic election districts. Board members are elected to serve four-year terms. Non-partisan elections are held in November of even-numbered years on a staggered basis.
The Board holds regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month (except December and July), with meeting locations alternating between schools and the district office (Stevenson Administration Building, 1616 Richland Street). Open session begins at 7:00 p.m. The Board sets aside time during each meeting for public comments. Persons who wish to address the Board may sign up to speak at the meeting. Each speaker is given three minutes. Speakers receive a written response from the Board.
Board meetings are taped and broadcast on Richland One TV (Time Warner Cable channel 12). Board meeting agendas and the ROTV broadcast schedule are posted at www.richlandone.org
School Board Members
Cheryl Harris has over 22 years of business experience with expertise in human resources. She currently works on special projects as a Human Resource Generalist Specialist for various clients. She is a proud product of this district and has served as a volunteer for over 13 years prior to her being elected in 2012.
She has a master's degree in business administration from South University. She is married to Robert Harris, and they have four children: Megan, Chandel, Evani and Robert Jordan.
Commissioner Harris represents Election District 4, which extends from the Sumter County line into the City of Columbia and includes all of the Lower Richland community and the Olympia area. Her term expires in 2016. She serves as an ex-officio member of all three Board committees.
Her voice mail number is 803.231.6981.
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Dwayne Smiling is an at-large member of the Board. His term expires in 2018. He serves on the Facilities and Finance Committee.
Commissioner Smiling is employed at Benedict College. He is married and has one daughter.
His voice mail number is 803.231.6987.
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Aaron Bishop is employed with University of Phoenix as the senior corporate education liaison, and he is the pastor of Grace Christian Church.
Commissioner Bishop has a bachelor of arts degree in history from Savannah State University and a master’s in biblical studies from Grace Divinity College of Biblical Studies.
He represents Election District 1, which is an area west of Broad River Road up to Harbison and extends to the Fairfield County line. It includes St. Andrews, Eau Claire, Greenview, Meadowlake, Lincolnshire, Summerhill, Monticello and Fairlawn. His term expires in 2018.
He is chairman of the Administration Committee.
Commissioner Bishop is married to Jennifer Bishop and they have one son, Peyton.
His voice mail number is 803.231.6984.
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Jamie L. Devine is president and CEO of Community Assistance Provider, Inc. He attended Benedict College where he received a bachelor of arts degree in English.
Commissioner Devine represents Election District 2. His term expires in 2016.
He is married to Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, and they reside in downtown Columbia. They have two daughters, Tamia and Jade.
Commissioner Devine is chairman of the Facilities and Finance Committee.
His voice mail number is 803.231.6985.
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Beatrice King represents Election District 3. Her term expires in 2018. She is a member of the Administration Committee.
Commissioner King is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina's MIBS program (Master of International Business). She earned a degree from Academie Commerciale Internationale, a business school affiliated with the Paris Chamber of Commerce. She worked in the software wholesale industry in Paris, then for AT&T and the former Columbia-based PMSC.
Commissioner King left the workforce to raise her three sons. For the past 10 years, she has been an active Richland One parent and volunteer. She is also actively involved with the Columbia Museum of Art, serving on the Education Board.
Her voice mail number is 803.231.6986.
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Darrell T. Black is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and was educated in Richland County School District One. He attended Hopkins Elementary, Denny Terrace Elementary and Gibbes Middle School and graduated from Columbia High School. He furthered his education at Delaware State University and majored in Mathematics and Computer Science. He also attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an MBA in Information Technology.
Commissioner Black has been employed in various industries such as education, banking, telecommunications and government entities. Most recently, he was the Chief Information Officer for Benedict College, Dekalb County, Georgia and the Department of Environmental Protection for the State of Florida.
He has also worked as a substitute teacher with Richland County School District One and volunteered with the Richland County Parks and Recreation, Special Olympics, and is presently a volunteer with CASA and a dedicated Rotarian. He is the proud single father of one daughter, Jordan C.R. Black. Commissioner Black’s email address is Darrell.firstname.lastname@example.org. His phone number is 803-231-7561.
Lila Anna Sauls has spent over 25 years working in the Midlands community. As Chief Executive Officer of Homeless No More, a nonprofit based in Columbia. She oversees the operations of St. Lawrence Place, a 30-unit transitional housing community for homeless families with children, and Live Oak Place, a system of affordable housing units across our city.
Since 2007, Commissioner Sauls has worked in district schools through the McKinney-Vento programs for homeless children, and outside of that as a volunteer with other at-risk students. She worked at the district level on the creation of the Montessori Middle School located at W.G. Sanders. She has served on the School Improvement Council and PTO committees at Brockman Elementary School and Crayton Middle School and is a founding member of the Health and Wellness Committee at Brockman, which recently was awarded the Healthy Schools Gold Award (the first school in South Carolina to earn this distinction).
A graduate of the University South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications, she also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College. She serves on numerous community boards, including the Community Relations Council, the South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless, the Community Impact Committee of the United Way of the Midlands, and is immediate past chair of the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MACH). She is a 2015 fellow of the Blue Ridge Institute, a recipient of the Carolina Academy Alumni Award, a TWIN Honoree of the Palmetto Center for Women, and Renaissance Foundation honoree for servant leaders.
She and her husband, Brad, are the proud parents of five boys who are students in Richland One. Her St. Lawrence Place children also attend elementary, middle and high schools across the district. Commissioner Sauls’ email address is email@example.com. Her phone number is 803-231-7562.