The feud at Leland Public School District has been going on for years. Why? Because the Board of Trustees felt that Dr. Ilean Richards, and her staff were doing a superb job, and her son’s inappropriate behavior was fine. I think those issues are justification for concern. But their cry to be heard apparently fell on deaf ears repeatedly, because Dr. Richards gets reappointed as Superintendent year after year.
Dr. Richards has been Superintendent, consultant, and held various other titles over the years Yet, the problems of old that plagued the Leland School District still run rampant. Citizens continue to bring charges against Dr. Richards who is perceived to be incompetent, lacking in compassion, poor people skills, and, insultingly, charges continue to be downplayed—if not ignored—by both the Board President, and the Trustees.
When the Trustee Board fails to do what is necessary to assure that only the most capable trained, compassionate leaders are assigned to the district, insurrection is the result.And insurrection—in the way of sexual misconduct, disrespect of faculty, and staff, and cussing and fussing of every stripe—will continue to be the sad legacy of the Leland Public School District, until the Board of Trustees exercise the courage to do the things that's right consistently---- they will never be able to do what is right—not what is convenient or popular, until they allow their decisions to be controlled by the indwelling of clean minds, and spirit--- instead of by whatever external influences currently render them impotent to do the will of the citizens.
Let us pray that the new members of the Board of Trustees will do their work and make the tough choices that will ensure that, someday, The Leland School District will be in good, competent, compassionate hands, and move our school to the head of the pact in all areas, where it belong.
Thank you Mr. Lowe for your diligence and concern for the students of Leland Public Schools. We share your hopes for a brighter future for our public schools!