Superintendent Charlie Kent with Meridian Public Schools is going in to his second year as head of the district.
While appearing on Newscenter Eleven's On The Record Program, Kent took recent criticisms head on. When presenter John Johnson asked that Kent grade himself and the district, Kent gave the district a C plus and gave himself a C.
Kent says taking over leadership of a new district in a new state required more adjustment time than he has anticipated. Additionally, he says he could have done a better job communicating with community leaders and parents about the state of the district.
"I wouldn't say it was a failure, but I just didn't do it as much or as often as I needed to. That may be one of the reasons we have had some of the questions and concerns to come about because of a lack of communication," said Kent.
Later in the interview, Kent said ninth grade students will begin school on the Kate Griffin campus while work comes to an end on the new ninth grade building. He expects work will wrap up around October.