MPSD Registration

The start of the new school year is just weeks away and early indications are that there will be fewer students in the Meridian Public School District.

This school year, district officials say they are taking a more 'community friendly' approach to registration and not requiring every student to go through the process.

'Only the students that are coming in brand new to the district or to a building (campus) will have to register. So, hopefully this will be something exciting for the community,' says Meridian High School Principal, Victor Hubbard.

Aside from being more 'community friendly' with registration, district officials say they started purging the rolls last year. Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor says this is playing a significant factor in the decrease in students.

'Where our attendance when we started around the beginning of the year was around 6,200, we're around 6,100 now,' says Taylor. 'Some of that is for students transferring out or leaving the state, but the majority of that is from cleaning up the data because it had been a while since the records had been cleaned."

Despite an overall slight drop in enrollment, Dr. Taylor says enrollment numbers are up at some schools within the district.

'We're seeing an increase in our elementary schools, in some of them and as the year goes on and people see the success that we're having we do anticipate our numbers to continue growing.'

Registration for new students ends Wednesday.

To register within the Meridian Public School District each student must supply his or her: birth certificate, social security card, immunization records and two proofs of residency. Utility bills that indicate the student's home address can be used as proof of residency.

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  • by Former MPSD Employee on Jul 19, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    It should [always] be the Data Processors' job at each school to verify student residency - working hand-in-hand with the assigned Social Worker for each campus.
  • by Lack of Communication on Jul 17, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    At the end of the school year, it was reported that only new students to the district would have to register during the summer registration. A change was made that included students going to a new school which mainly includes 6th graders and 9th graders. This change was NOT communicated to parents of these children effectively. I just found out Tuesday (not by school sources), and the deadline for registering is Wednesday. There will probably be another change before school starts that involves ALL children registering. I can only imagine what the first week of school will be like.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 01:23 PM in reply to Lack of Communication
      Registration was described as "community friendly". This was not community friendly. Unless you knew someone in the school system, heard from a friend or had the insight to call the school "just in case", you did not know about the changes in registration. For all those parents who didn't register their child or children, they will still have to do it either at the open houses or the first day of school. I wonder how many parents are going to be prepared with the necessary paperwork to register their child on the first day of class or at open house. Many parents are not coming to open house. Communication is already poor. Previous registrations may have been a nuisance, but you knew you had to do it, unlike this year.
  • by Teacher Location: Meridian on Jul 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    So, instead of teaching the first week of school, teachers will be verifying residency of returning students! Way to go, MPSD! Smart thinking! I can't wait to spend my student's time doing something that could have been handled during the summer BEFORE school begins!
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