MHS Principal Removed

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Meridian High School will have new leadership for the 2003-2004 school year.

After eight years as MHS principal, James Bounds will now serve the district as an administrative assistant on special assignment to interim superintendent, Sylvia Autry.

"This is something that we mutually agreed upon and I look forward to being able to serve the district in another capacity," said Bounds.

According to the Associated Press, Autry said Meridian High School was once a top performing school and she wants to see it return to that status, and believes Bounds' talents will be better utilized in the new position.

Still, Bounds said he sees his reassignment as a promotion.

"A promotion is in the eye of the beholder," Bounds said Wednesday.
"Sure, this is a promotion for me. It's a lateral move when you look at experience, age, status and so forth, but to me personally, it's a promotion because I'm going to have an opportunity to help additional people."

Bounds said he agrees that the injection of some new blood into Meridian High School could be just what the doctor ordered.

Bounds' reassignment was approved by the Meridian School Board, which also discussed accountability at a special called meeting Tuesday.

Principals and teachers could be recommended for non-renewal based on performance.

"It may mean dismissing and that's not something you just want to do," said Autry. "It's all to do with accountability. We owe it to the kids. We owe it to the Meridian school children to hold ourselves, as a superintendent, as principals, as teachers, accountable.."

The 2003-2004 school year begins Aug. 7.