The district holds at-large school board elections at times when other elections are not being held, which creates a situation where most voters are unlikely to know the candidates and few people vote, the grand jury said.
Grand jurors recommended breaking it into small districts and establishing term limits for board members.
"We also recommend that the rules and regulations of the Kiamichi Technology Center School District Board of Education be amended to clearly state that no equipment, including but not limited to vehicles or computer equipment, shall be used for political purposes,” the grand jury said.
Indictments get dropped
Grand jurors said they were investigating the misuse of school computers and equipment to print campaign literature for current Kiamichi board members when board members voted to fire the district superintendent and school board attorney who were assisting the grand jury with its investigation.
"Particularly disturbing to the grand jury was the replacement of the school's attorney with the very attorney (Haskins) and law firm that had attempted to represent four of the persons under investigation by the grand jury,” the report said.
The grand jury indicted several board members for "witness intimidation” because of the terminations, but a judge later threw out the charges, the grand jury noted.
Trae Gray, attorney for Kiamichi board member Norman Ranger, criticized Edmondson's office for leading the grand jury to issue indictments against board members in cases he said were so weak they were thrown out by judges before they went to trial.
"If anybody should look bad, it should be Mr. Edmondson's office,” Gray said. "They refuse to let go of the case.”
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