Meridian School Board Works on Discipline Policies

Meridian, Miss. Meridian's School Board members are revamping the District's discipline policies to comply with recent requirements from the U.S. Department of Justice. In a work session Monday night, the Board ironed out changes in the Code of Conduct to resolve any racial disparities in discipline. Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor says he can't release details until the District Plan is approved by the Department of Justice, but he says they are making sure the District complies with the requirements of the federal consent decree: "Mainly things like not giving exclusionary discipline, which means removing the student from the classroom or the school for minor infractions," said Taylor. "Also, when we do have to give them exclusionary discipline practices, that we have documented that we have tried to do interventions for the students to try to correct their behavior, unless its a serious offense."

Board members will vote on the policies at the July MPS School Board meeting.The District has until the end of the 2016-17 school year to fully comply with the consent order.