RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WACH) -Team "I stand with Mike DuBard" showed up for Tuesday night's Richland County School District one's school board meeting, wearing Dreher blue to support the long time athletic director.
Supporters spoke on behalf of Mike DuBard's character, which they say has been tarnished in recent reports.
Those reports come after two Richland County Councilmen, Norman Jackson and Kelvin Washington; said Dubard was disrespectful towards parents and students of Lower Richland during a recent game against Dreher High School when trying to enforce a seating plan.
"We're here in support of a great man that unlike many men and women in this profession, staked his flag at a school over thirty years ago and made his career here in this district," said one supporter of DuBard during the public input portion of the meeting.
Several Dreher faculty and staff, parents, students, and alumni were shocked to hear DuBarb labeled as "disrespectful," including a parent who attended the school board meeting and was at the recent LR vs. Dreher basketball game.
She wishes to remain anonymous.
She told WACH Fox that the atmosphere at the game was a typical high school basketball game, "hyped" with both sides wanting to win. She adds that she has known DuBard for several years and that he is a kind man who only wishes the best for his students.
Among those also at the school board meeting was Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington, who made his way to the podium to rehash his side of the story as well.
This was not his first time bringing the subject matter to the attention district's school board commission.
"It's about the kids," said Washington. "The Kids of Lower Richland. The constituency of Lower Richland that you all serve. The disrespect, the attack that we witnessed that night. It's not about Kelvin Washington. It's not about the Athletics' Director."
Washington also cleared the air on a rumor about him cutting back on funds to Richland School District One.
"What I said is when I look at the budget, I look at district one as a whole. I don't look at Dreher's portion of the budget. I don't look at Lower Richland's portion of the budget. I have supported this district throughout my years on council and beyond," said Washington.
WACH Fox has reached out to Coach DuBard, but was told he could not speak about the incident.
According to the "I stand with Mike DuBard" Facebook group, DuBard has been advised to not attend any basketball games throughout the remainder of the 2013-2014 season.
WACH Fox has also requested footage from that game on Monday, February 24, 2014 and is still waiting for a response.