Hopefully after all the comments about questionable practices in the Leland School District there will be some investigation. Even if the school board is too passive to act on the allegations, maybe this information will find it's way to Jackson to someone with some authority.
Too bad Leland teachers can't just have a vote of no confidence like they did at Valley and got rid of their president. School board elections will be very important in November. There are two openings and this is the chance for Leland voters to take their school district back from the Greenville administrators who don't care how much we pay in taxes.
A vote of "no confidence" in our current political system is largely symbolic. It is simply a statement by citizens that they have lost confidence in a leader's ability to govern effectively. Its purpose is more to inform than impeach; however, it can be a very powerful message to board members, like in the recent case of MVSU President.
Leaders who are irresponsible or who have lost the confidence of the public they serve are essentially "lame ducks". As such, they become a liability to both the public and those who put them in power.
Look at Alberto Gonzalez. Once he had lost the "confidence" of both republican and democratic leaders alike, his history was written. He tried to delay the inevitable, at the embarrassment of the nation, until the President himself told him it was time to go.
However little faith we have in our democratic processes, they are there to let the public be heard. In the case of Dr. Richards, Leland residents need to address their school board with these issues and demand that they be investigated by an impartial third party.
The Board will have only two options: Refuse an investigation which would make them look complicitous and a bit arrogant; or, agree to the investigation, accepting their responsibility as board members... and let the chips fall where they may.