Two Public Meetings Held in Meridian

By: Lauren Castillo Email
By: Lauren Castillo Email

The two meetings were regarding very different topics. One of the meetings was in regards to the widening of North Hills Street, while the other was an educational meeting about Meridian Public Schools.

The meeting about widening of North Hills Street from Country Club Drive to Highway 39 was to assess the impact of the widening and gain more public comments.

Public Works Director Monty Jackson said that there has been much discussion regarding the number of lanes through the residential area.

Jackson says the comments from the meeting will be turned in to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for evaluation.

Concerned citizens packed a special meeting of the Meridian Schools Board Tuesday night.

No changes came from the meeting. Parents expressed concerns about leadership in the schools and aggravation that meetings are being held with no results.

"It just goes on like that. I"m looking for someone out there to take a lead and make a decision," said parent Chris Both. "We've talked enough. I want to see some accountability there. All of them are just talking."

"I didn't expect there to be great detail at this point. I'm just glad we're starting a dialog," said parent Becky Glover.

Board president Edward Lynch said a state of emergency has been declared for Parkview Elementary School. It was burned recently in an arson incident.

The declaration allows the school system to bypass the usual 30-60 day bidding process to get repair work going, so it can be ready for students sooner.

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  • by Teach 2 Reach Location: Meridian on Jul 20, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    To George, I feel your frustration, but I honestly think the bond money is being spent appropriately. There is information on the MPSD website about the Small Learning Communities. There are new tennis courts, a renovated stadium, air in the cafeterias and I think in all of the auditoriums. This is the last phase of the school renovations. So, the bond money is being used as it was stated. It would be great if every child could have a computer, if there were more grade specific teacher training, etc. Hopefully one day the higher ups will see that and implement it.
  • by Challenger on Jul 16, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    I Challenge each person to look at this situation and see what is best for the community as a whole. Then make your decisions based on what is best and what would Jesus do in this situation. However, first we must do our homework by looking at what successful districts are doing and how they are addressing issues that resemble our issues. Stay encouraged and be up for the challenge!
  • by Wonderful Job Mr. Kent Location: Meridian on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    I think that Mr. Kent is doing a wonderful job. He inherited these problems just as Obama. His work is totally in line with what modern America is doing to address the current issues of today in many American schools. If other people outside of Meridian with the proper knowledge and insight were to critique Mr. Kent, they would certainly give his an A . I would advise everyone to do their homework and then support Mr. Kent. Lay down your pride and think about the children. These children are the future of the New Meridian. What are we investing in our children by engaging our time to fruitless efforts of fighting. Please have the attitude that we want to work together and find a solution. God Bless Each of us!
  • by Atl Girl Location: GA on Jun 27, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    Concerned (and others), Please go to the link below. You may have to copy and cut the link if it isn't in blue highlight. "MISSISSIPPI: Strikes by teaches are illegal by statute."
  • by Just Saying on Jun 26, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    I don't think you need permission to strike. That kind of takes the fun out of it, don't you think?
  • by Concerned on Jun 25, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    Yes, Mississippi does have a "Right to work law" (see But the law does not mention anything about going on strike. It says that a person cannot be denied a job based on whether or not they are a member of a union. Please attend the special MPSD School Board meeting at 5:30 at Central Office on Monday. Mr. Kent and Mr. Lynch will answer more of the community concerns about the school district.
  • by Clarion Ledger Link on Jun 25, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    Mr. Carter, former School Board member, writes in Clarion Ledger. Hope link works. Not sure if his stats are right, but more community businessmen and women need to speak out for the sake of our community. I fear if something is not done about this School Board andlack of leadership, our community will shrivel as many Delta towns did back in the 70's. Link: OR DIE--MERIDAIN May have to copy and paste it.
  • by ATL Girl Location: Atlanta on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Education strikes aren't permissible anymore. I believe Mississippi is called a "right to work" state. When I was still in MS, I wanted to strike every week. MPSD didn't just become what it is. It has been long in the making.
  • by Concerned on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:39 PM
    Does the school board need an HONEST briefing of everything that has been going on in the schools? The students, parents, teachers, and principals all have firsthand experience with the current concerns. Collectively, they know the people, circumstances, and decisions that caused all of them. But from comments made recently by the school board, it's obvious that they DON'T know. At the last forum, board members said that we shouldn't wait until problems pile up before we ask for help. Parents and teachers HAVE been trying to get help all along, but NOBODY WAS LISTENING!!! There is no support, least of all from Mr. Kent, who has said it is not his job to visit classrooms or help build morale, and we must solve all problems at the school site and not come to him. We need more opportunities for stakeholders to give input and voice concerns. The Superintendent's Council of school representatives and the community-based council need to be re-established, with school board representation.
  • by Old Timer on Jun 24, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    Am I the only one that remembers when the MPSD went on strike back in the late 1980s? I'm talking about a real deal strike! Anyone think we might be getting close to that again?
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