MHS 9th Grade Wing Delay

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The Meridian High School 9th grade wing won't be ready when students start school August 27.

Superintendent Charlie Kent says workers need about two months to finish the building and that means Kate Griffin Junior High will reopen to house these ninth grade students, after closing its doors this past school year.

"That would give us time to clean up and accept the building, do all the check off and all of the things we end to do so we can have the building ready to go," said superintendent Charlie Kent.

KG was the fall back plan in case things didn't pan out, so Kent says the building is pretty much still intact and ready for the first day of class.

"We left the furniture in the building; that was our plan B," he said.

Kent says there were several construction issues and rainy days that halted work and crews are still trying to catch up. But Kent says there is much progress.

"They're working on the inside right now," said the superintendent. "It's bricked on the outside, if you ride by there. And the parking lot is also coming along."

This summer several schools are undergoing renovations, but Kent says all other schools will be ready August 27m including Parkview Elementary School which suffered major damage from an arson.

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  • by Pedagog Location: Meridian on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    There needs to be a police officer located on the KG campus when school begins. The west side and the east side are going to attend school on east side turf. Now you may not take this seriously, but I as a teacher want to LIVE!!! Frankly, I do not believe the idividuals at CO have any concept concerning a safe and secure learning environment.
  • by Concerned on Jul 23, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    After reading online, most of the articles about starting high school later point to research done by CARER (Center for Applied Research and Educational Research) in two Minneapolis school districts. Read their articles carefully and look at the reports on their web site - they did NOT find significant improvement in student performance. Most of the parents surveyed who liked the change said it was because it made it easier for their children to get ready in the morning. CARER should have offered comparisons before and after the change to show quantitative differences in performance, discipline, tardies, and attendence. There were only vague references to improvement. The teacher surveys showed that they were usually about 50% for and 50% against on every question related to the change. Most said it affected their personal lives. There is no research to show how it affected the elementary students educationally or emotionally. CARER said classes about sleep for students were essential.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    You better buy a flashlight. When the time changes, we will find ourselves getting out at "dark thirty." I guess the research shows that older students like to be out late too. Good thinking. All of this information can be found in the Elephant Study-2001. Very up-to-date. "Gosh, Elly Mae! I think I see cement ponds in them thar hills!"
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    As far as the time change this year, can someone tell me why? I, as a parent, have to be at work at 8:00 a.m. There is no school bus that comes to pick my child up. I, in the past, would take my child to school and then head to work a little earlier, but now I am going to have to do something a little late for work now I guess? Come on people, wake up. Yes, I want my child to get a good education, but at the same time, I have to get to work on time as well. I need to keep my job so that I can buy school uniforms and all the other stuff parents have to pay for during th school year.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    But whatever the date, an 8:30 start time and a 3:45 end time is ludicrous! 8-3:15 is reasonable and sufficient time for older students to deal with getting to school. But wait a minute; when have we ever been reasonable with our decisions about school?
  • by Lola Location: Meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    Thats true anonymous @ 10:24, but the elementary schools that are being renovated aren't ready either. So sad. Lauderdale County and MCC start August 7 and 17 respectively. This was such a waste of time.
  • by Wake up! Location: Meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    To Anonymous: There is every reason not to move school up right now. People have planned vacations around the current schedule. But, more importantly, the district is trying to finish the work on all of the buildings that were scheduled this year to be renovated. That is a safety issue and you would not want to put our children in harms way. Also, there are committees working to revamp the discipline policy and that needs to be in place this school term. To rush into the new year before the scheduled date would only create more problems that this district does not need. School use to start after Labor Day, this would save the district money on the high cost of air conditioning and would give children more quality time at home with their families. School should not be considered as a baby sitter, but an educational institution and it is important to instill that into our children's heads.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    Now there should be no reason to delay the beginning of school until Aug. 27 with the year not ending until the middle of June, 2010.
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