St. Landry

Jun 12, 2013 12:35 AM by Steven Albritton

School Board Member Removed, Superintendent & School Board Want To Move On

St. Landry Parish School Board and convicted felon, Quincy Richard, came under fire for not waiting the required 15 years before running for public office. On Tuesday, he was removed from his position. He was convicted in 2004 of buying a degree from Southern University. State law requires a convicted felon to wait 15 years before running for public office or if receive a pardon. Richard did not wait, nor was he pardoned.

"I understand there's going to be an appeals process so I really can't comment on that, but as a district we are still looking to move forward and whatever the outcome is we're going to take it in stride," St. Landry Parish Superintendent Ed Brown said.

Although Richard never should've been in office in the first place, board attorney Gerald Caswell tells KATC all of Richard's votes still stand, including his vote deciding for superintendent. Richard declined comment Tuesday, so it's unclear if he will appeal. In the meantime, the board will look to fill his old seat.

"From what I understand, the next step is we'll get together and try to appoint someone from that district. If not then it will go to the governor to try and appoint someone, or then it will be an open seat for election," school board member Randy Wagley said.

Unfortunately, it's not the end of legal trouble for Richard just yet. He and fellow board member John Miller, are still facing federal charges for trying to sell their votes in the search for a new school superintendent.

The man now in that position, is now looking to move the school board and school district forward.

"One of my big things when I applied for this job is to change the perception of the St. Landry public schools system. I want to assure the parish, as well as the parents in the community, that we're going to do everything in our power to make sure that St. Landry is back on the map as an improving school district," Superintendent Brown said.

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