Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry is preparing to make two of her most important appointments, to the Meridian School Board.
Two school board members' terms have expired, Fred Wile and George Meyers.
Barry has been working with a group for several weeks now to find their replacements. She said she's almost ready to name them.
The appointments will be announced during the next city council meeting. But first, the mayor will meet with the five candidates narrowed down by her 13-person education advisory board.
"This is the five I will interview," said Barry. "I didn't know who they were and I will match the names back with the resume."
This comes just as Meridian students prepare to report to class Thursday, Aug. 27, and in the middle of a tense time for school officials as the district has received strong criticism from parents and concerned citizens.
But it is community-based process like this one that Barry said she believes will restore confidence back to the school system.
Barry says the advisory board looked for the candidates to lay out clear-cut plans for improving the district. Some of the issues members wanted to see addressed were accountability, discipline, improving of test systems, and creating innovative programs.
"All of the issues were graded, so there will be consistency," said Barry.
As for working with the school board, Barry said she doesn't plan to micromanage but she does plan to maintain an active presence within the schools.