Meridian Superintendent Fired

The Meridian School Board announced Friday that superintendent Charlie Kent has been fired.

The school district had come under fire in recent months for a series of high-profile problems, including violent incidents and a scandal with standardized tests that caused the district's accreditation rating to be dropped.

The decision to fire Kent was made Thursday night in an executive session of a special called meeting.

School board vice-president Don Evans said he is limited in what he can say about the decision.

"The board conducted an evaluation of superintendent Charlie Kent. After the evaluation, the board voted to terminate Mr. Kent's contract and appointed Dr. Terry Larabee as acting interim superintendent, until an interim superintendent can be hired."

"My appointment is not really to make a lot of changes," said Larabee. "My position is to deal with budget issues that we will have to deal with before next year, and deal with day-to-day operations until an interim is hired."

Evans stressed that Dr. Larabee is only serving in an acting interim position until a more long-term interim superintendent can be hired. As for the search for a permanent replacement, he says that search is yet to start.

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