Pathway to Premier Facilities

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM


Facing multiple facilities well past their prime in terms of safety/security and learning environments, Richland Two School District in Columbia, SC secured funding for a $468 million capital improvement plan. Members of the Finance, Operations and Communications departments share how their team creatively weathered the changing tides in education, politics and communications. They will share how strategic planning, transparency and lots and lots of communicating help voters understand the needs behind the request to borrow the largest amount ever requested by the district and one of the largest in the state. Walk away from this session with a template for what to do and what not to do the next time your district has to put a bond referendum on the ballot.

#1: Learn about Long Range Facility Planning
#2: Learn how to use Data Analysis
#3: Examine the importance of Partner Engagement
#4: Understand the importance of excellent Communication

Community Engagement: Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community's unique vision into the vision for its schools.

Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning: Manages a master planning process that combines educational planning, facilities assessment and utilization, demographic research, capital planning and educational specifications with a community-based vision to establish a plan for learning environments. This includes the ability to translate existing or aspirational instructional models to specific programming and spatial relationships.   

Will Anderson, Executive Director of Operations and Logistics, Richland School District 2
Will works synergistically with schools and divisions across the district to ensure that facilities and other land or property resources, transportation and security, maintenance, warehousing, and contracted custodial and food services operations resources are allocated effectively and efficiently in support of District strategic goals and operational/educational needs. Will has been with the Richland Two since 2008 serving in a variety of roles from Director of Planning and most recently since 2017 as the Executive Director of Operations and Logistics. WIll plans, develops and implements all District operations and support services. He serves as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet.

Libby Roof, Chief of Communications, Richland School District 2
Libby joined the Richland Two family in February 2014 after working in the communications office at Lexington County School District One in Lexington, South Carolina, for 11 years. Libby graduated in 1996 from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education. A presidential internship with the Clemson Alumni Association, however, sparked her interest in a career in public relations. Therefore she went on to earn a Master in Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina in 1999. She worked for a small advertising agency and the S.C. Department of Transportation before combining her education and public relations degrees to work in the school public relations field.

Harry Miley, Ph.D., CFO, Richland School District 2
Since September 2013, Dr. Miley has served as Chief Financial Officer of Richland School District Two in Columbia, SC. Prior to joining the district, Dr. Miley had founded Miley & Associates, Inc. The firm specialized in economic and fiscal impact analyses, public finance, and benefit/cost modeling. Dr. Miley has over 30 years of experience in working with private companies and local, regional and state government entities. From 1991 to 1999, Dr. Miley was appointed by two Governors to serve as Chairman of the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors (BEA). Dr. Miley earned his Ph.D. and undergraduate degrees in Economics from the Moore Business School at the University of South Carolina.

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