Barry and School Board Appointments

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry is beginning to look for new blood on the Meridian School Board. The board has come under scrutiny for the current state of the Meridian district.

The board has two openings right now. Barry is asking for the community's help in filling those openings. And she's enlisting the help of one of her former rivals in trying to find those people.

Mayor Barry said this is the first time a committee is being involved in the process. She said she's doing exactly what she said she was going to do during her campaign, and that's put the power back in the hands of the people.

Barry said 12 members have been selected to serve on the Education Advisory Committee that will work immediately to select two new school board members.

Former mayoral candidate Casandra Sloan, longtime educator Betty Smith and Eleanor Henson will serve as the co-chairs for the committee.

The terms of school board members Fred Wile and George Myers have expired. President Edward Lynch's term will be up in March 2010.

As mayor, Barry appoint the new members of the school board. But she says the committee will make recommendations based on a 10-point plan that applicants will submit, pitching their plan to move the district forward.

"It is a five-year appointment and we look forward to selecting three new members that will work closely with the superintendent and school system," said Mayor Barry.

I'm excited because it is a diverse group," said Sloan. "It's from all walks of life, from all over this city. So the people get a voice in what happens to the education of our children and that's why we're so excited."

"It will be a quick process, but it will be fun and an exciting process," said co-chair Smith.

Sloan and Smith say committee members will not see applicants' names, but only review their 10-point plan and make recommendations based on that.

For those interested in applying to serve on the school board, you may call 601-485-1819 to request an application to be mailed, or you may pick up one at the mayor's office.

You must have your 10-point plan and application submitted to the mayor's office by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Applications may be mailed or returned to:

Mayor Cheri Barry
601 24th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301
P.O. Box 1430
Meridian, MS 39302

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  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    I hope the mayor has received many applications from people who are highly qualified and interested in serving as our new school board members. I hope one of these slots will be filled with a retired school teacher or former administrator who understands what our teachers in the district have to deal with on a day to day basis. Our district needs help! I think our new mayor is on the right track and is genuinely concerned about improving our school district.
  • by Simlpe Location: meridian on Jul 29, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    The Mayor does not have the authority to fire the school superintend but she does have the authority to apoint school members who will. Oh joy, oh joy. Will the Mayor be a part of the solution or a party to the continueing problem? The answer to me is "simple". Save our schools and restore our standing in the state's education system.
  • by exhausted Location: meridian on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    This is starting to stink. I think I recognize the same oder from the past. When there is only one person in the room it is easy to tell who passed the gas. Let us open the doors and windows and clear the air. Transparency is the key. No secrets. Who is involved in the selection process and who has asked to be appointed to a job that pays no money and promisses a bounty of frustration.
  • by Anonymous on July 28, 2009 at 11:09 Location: Meridian on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:11 PM
    Why must MPSD always look for qualified administrators outside of the MPSD? It is a slap in the face for the qualified administrators in the district to be overlooked by the so called MPSD board members. How would you feel if your positon on the board was filled by an outsider who knows nothing about the district?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    The mayor has no power to remove the superintendent.
  • by Question Location: Meridian on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Can the Mayor overide the board and remove the superintendent so MPSD can have a fresh start with a leader of integrity? It seems with all the negative comments that he has made no one will feel they can trust or believe him. MPSD has qualified administrators that could lead either temporarily or permanently. Please help so we can move our city forward.
  • by Pedagog on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    The selection of morally upright, intelligent board members is crucial. What was the board thinking when it selected Charlie Kent for job? Why was such an incompetent fool selected to be the super of the MPSD?
  • by anonymous Location: meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    I agree with diogenes that it's very important that Mayor Berry has assembled the right committee -- otherwise it's going to be business as usual.
  • by Information Location: MPS School District on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    I went to get an application and the Mayor's office told me there was not an application. You had to submit a resume. What exactly is the correct information?
  • by Diogenes Location: Meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    Before I become "excited because it is a diverse group", I would like to know their names and their community involvement over the past three years. For many of us group diversity is seen only as a group composed of members of different ethnicity and gender even though they may have the same mindset of previous groups that have kept Meridian and our schools in the dark ages.
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