Despite whether the lady has a case or not, despite whether she's right or wrong... it's still a sign of the times. If I was steeped in a crowd that didn't roll my way, my first action would be to find better company. Instead, she sues the school board, city council, and the members individually. Not saying she doesn't have the right, but the result is the same - it's a burden on the limited resources we have and if she wins, she'll be a wealthy person and no one that she claims has wronged her will personally suffer as a result of her suit. The bigger person would have found a happier place to pursue their life's work and leave misery to its misery.
As for the School Board members being elected instead of being appointed - good luck. Martinsville already has about 40 positions on various committees they can't find people willing to volunteer. Ask the members of the School Board if they would serve if they had to campaign for the job. Instead of finding qualified people with the interest of the schools at heart, you'd end up with a few people with agendas and little qualifications. Henry County has the population to swing it, Martinsville doesn't.