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Community rallies for Miller County principal

February 22, 2007

Miller County -- Angry folks in Miller County packed a school board meeting to show support for an elementary school principal in danger of losing his job.

Kent Richardson was named a "High Performance Principal" by the governor's office, and many parents say he's had a positive impact on their children.

The board couldn't make a decision at a meeting Thursday night. Two school board members don't want to renew Richardson's contract. There are only four members right now after one resigned, and those four are split on the issue.

The parents at the meeting weren't split. They all support the principal.

"They're trying to take one of the best elementary school principals that we've ever had and boot him out because there's a certain family in this county that tries to run the county, and they think they can do everything. Well we're here to stand for to show that they can't do everything," said Susan Williams.

"Tonight we had two for and two against specifically hiring him, and they won't give a reason why they don't want him. They obviously don't care about the kids in this school because they don't want the top principal," said Bea Johnson.

The board members who are against rehiring Richardson are Leroy Bush and Sheila Freeman. Both declined to tell us the reasons for their vote.

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