Posted: Oct 26, 2012 5:47 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Oct 26, 2012 6:03 PM
St. Landry Parish is abuzz with news of two school board members indicted on bribery charges. The indictment charges Quincy Richard and John Miller each with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery. Both are accused of selling their votes for $5,000 in the search for a new school superintendent.
No school board members wanted to talk on camera, but residents had plenty to say.
"You broke the law you, gotta dance to the music," said Paul Gennuso.
Opelousas resident Paul Gennuso commends interim superintendent Joseph Cassimere for stepping up and helping in the investigation. Gennuso says the alleged vote-buying has given the parish a bad name.
"You have people serving in places they shouldn't be. A lot of people in special boards and office that have no idea what it entails. When they get there, then you get what you ask for," said Gennuso.
Crystal Guillory has a 12-year-old son attending a "C" school in the parish. She says, the school board should be focusing on the failing schools.
"Just focus on our kids. Don't close our schools, don't give up on our kids," said Guillory.
A friend of Quincy Richard, Harvey Hayes, says the school board members are innocent until proven guilty.
"We all make mistakes. No one knows what really happened. Who knows? Who are we to judge?" stated Hayes.
School board president Kyle Boss says Richard and Miller are still school board members and can still vote until otherwise stated. If Richard and Miller are convicted, both face up to five years in prison on the conspiracy count and up to 10 on the bribery count.