Community Forum and Kent's Live Interview

By: Demetria Conner Email
By: Demetria Conner Email

Parents and administrators met again at the Wesley House looking to solve problems within the district.

It was another jam-packed community forum as many residents turned out to voice concerns and hear feedback from Meridian Public Schools' superintendent Charlie Kent.

During the first hour, Kent answered submitted questions as well as impromptu questions from the audience. During the second hour, three breakout sessions were held addressing specific concerns including communication and school violence and discipline.

Many expressed confused over a few of Kent's statements during Sunday's summit at Fifth Street Baptist Church. Kent said "there were some elephants in the room," but he didn't elaborate on that statement. Parents wanted answers during the forum.

An audience member made a stride toward action regarding increasing security measures by donating security camera for one of the school buses. One camera will also be donated to Lauderdale County Public Schools.

Please view the video attached to this story to view Kent's live interview.

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  • by Gloria Location: Meridian on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    My response is to the person who asked where are the black parents? The maority of black parents are working one or more jobs. Some may have the priveledge of not working most don't. Correction! Band Boosters are not 100% white.
  • by Another one concerned on Jul 22, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    They still need to do something about the shape of MPSD no matter how hard they are working or how much time they volunteer. I do expect them to do the work they signed on to do. If I could do more than my part on the current state of affairs, I would. I am not in a position to right this ship; they are. They still need to quite fiddling while Rome burns. It doesn't have anything to do with the average citizen. We do not have the power to fix this problem. They do.
  • by Observant Location: Meridian on Jul 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    To Concerned 7-21@7:06pm The current school board is working hard. Don't be so critical until you have walked a mile in their shoes. We need more people in this city willing to serve and volunteer as much time as these five dedicated people have over the years to this school district. So often we expect a few to do all the work and we fail to do our part. As citizens of this community we should all strive to be observant, work together and do our part to help make MPSD the best.
  • by Concerned on Jul 21, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    MPSD School Board - Quit "fiddling" while Rome burns!
  • by colorblind teacher Location: Jackson on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    Wouldn't it be nice if we were all colorblind??? I've been a teacher in the public school system for 19 years (9 of those years in MPSD). Unless I was specifically asked to report on the race make-up of my classroom, I really couldn't tell you how many children of a particular race I had from year to year. Some years I taught 27 children, some years I taught 18 children...race was not something I noticed. A teacher's job is to teach, nurture and maintain order so that learning can take place. Good students are good students no matter what race they are. The same goes for student's with discipline problems or learning problems...they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. That is also the same for teachers...some are great teachers, some are not so great. As with students, teachers should be held accountable for their level of performance as educators and race should have nothing to do with it. Let's stop using race as an excuse and focus on doing something productive for MPSD.
  • by Discipline committee/administration needs to address concerns Location: Meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 09:51 AM
    Does anyone know what the behavior committee is working on? Have they come up with something to deter disruptive behavior by repeat offenders in the classroom? Students who go to school to learn should not have to have their education interupted by students who are constantly trying to keep the educational process from taking place. Parents of these students need to go to central office and demand that their child's education not be interrupted by these students. Adminstration needs to send out a powerful message now that students who are there for anything other than an education will not be tolerated and top adminstration needs to back the teachers who are trying to educate these children instead of backing the behavioral problem children and their parents. Behavior modification does not work on these type kids.
  • by Someone please define Location: meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    Yes, what is "hidden racism" I would like to know, also?
  • by Teach 2 Reach Location: Meridian on Jul 20, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    Lead teachers are people who are in charge when the administrator is off site.I guess the title could be assistant principal, but most do not have an administrator's certification. They have other duties during the school day as well. Lead teachers can be facilitators or coaches (Reading and/or Math). Maybe someone else can add more details to this subject. I think the Lead Teacher at my school could do more in helping the new teachers by modeling lessons and being more supportive than she is. I do not see why she can't help tutor students as well. From what we see, her duties as Lead Teacher could be completed in half a day.
  • by Question restated: Location: Meridian on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    Can someone please define the term "hidden racism" and provide an example (doesn't need to be specific--can be general) for the sake of clarity. Thank you. Also, after reading the comments from "those leaving mhs"--I'd like to know exactly how many veteran teachers have resigned from MPSD this year. I understand that many left year-before-last and that many left last year. Is there any way to find out an exact or ballpark number?
  • by Fed Up Location: Meridian on Jul 20, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    Add Athletic Director Jermaine Brown (who is black)to the list of those leaving because of Kent.
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