Anonymous offers the following:
It seems that the Richards dynasty may be collapsing. The school districts that she provides services to have wised up. They are cancelling their contracts with her. They have apparently realised, unlike the ineffective Leland School Board, that her services are not worth the money they pay her. Their test scores did not improve. Only in Leland where coincidentally? there is access to the tests after they are taken, and an army of Dr. R suck ups to "clean them up" are the test scores improved. Of course there are some frightened Leland teachers to consider, the ones who are so afraid of her rantings and posturing that they might offer a little help during test taking? Anything to keep her off your back!
Then again there is her son. The one who wears baggy shirts and blue jeans (the kind his hometown of Greenville wants to ban and are against Leland's dress code) and a baseball cap worn sideways. Any student who dressed this way would be immediately sent home. Of course she dressed him up in a sweater vest the day the state department of education came to visit, but that is another whole story. When he thinks people are talking about him and his escapades, he threatens violence. His mama ( he refers to her as his "mammy') threatens lawsuits. But did either of them stop to think about where people get their information? From Chris. He runs around telling anybody who will listen about what he has done.
Just week before last he was telling about his escapades with his married teacher girl friend in her room while the teacher across the hall kept her class. This is not the first time they have farmed the children out to another teacher, who is of course another relative of Dr. R. How does this stuff go on in a school? Where is the principal? Does she have a brain? Or a backbone? Does anyone think this is a good environment for first graders? It is insane, unhealthy and dangerous and it has been going on for two years! Why on God's green earth do we allow our children to be subjected to this craziness?
The school board should be completely replaced for their negligence. They are obviously incompetent and Dr. Richards is an egomaniac who has bragged in public that she does things "the state department way" when they come to visit and HER WAY the rest of the time. (Did they notice they didn't get to talk to any teachers without her menacing presence while they were in Leland?)
She and all her COMPLETELY "non Leland resident" administration have dug in their heels and intend to stay and feed off the tax payers of Leland as long as they can hold on to the power. They retire and come back and raise the taxes a little more. They can't find one person who lives in Leland who can run a school? Isn't this like "taxation without representation'? Or like being held hostage by foreign troops? It does not matter that she is detested by the entire town, she is holding on to her Leland "dynasty" as long as she can. Others may fire her, but the Leland school board doesn't have the guts to do anything about her. We expected them to do a job and they have abdicated their duties to a tyrant they cannot control . Apparently they no longer even try. This is a disgrace and it just goes on and on and on.
Leland may be a small community, but it certainly has some vocal residents. As you can see from the recent comments, the controversy over the Leland School District is far from over. If any or all of the allegations are true regarding Dr. Richards actions, there is certainly cause for alarm.
Altering children's test scores is a serious matter and collusion by the teachers and the board is even more disturbing. It is hard to believe that a professional educator would stoop to such horrendous tactics for self-promotion.
As to the issues regarding Dr. Richards' son, why is he allowed to work in the school district at all? Good, bad or indifferent, there is an obvious conflict of interest here as well as the issue of nepotism. It seems that Dr. Richards has enough controversy surrounding her performance as administrator without taking on the hullabaloo vis-à-vis her son.
As a previous writer noted, as a concerned parent I would certainly be present at the next school board meeting on October 17th, to try to get to the truth regarding these issues. "Sex, drugs and deception" are all a part of our adult education, but I should hope that we could spare these "lessons" to our grammar school students.
If Dr. Richards is innocent of these allegations, she should welcome the public opportunity to dispel these rumors and regain the respect of the community; however, to ignore them will most likely be interpreted as a plea of guilt on her part.