Barry Makes School Board Appointments

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry has made two appointments to fill expired terms on the school board.

The appointments, who were confirmed Tuesday by the Meridian City Council, are Dr. Don Evans and Dr. Judith Miller.

Miller retired as executive director of the East Mississippi Center for Educational Development in Meridian in 2007.

Evans worked for Meridian Public Schools for 35 years, before working for Clinton Public Schools, where he was principal of the year in 2000, and has been with EMCED since 2003.

A third position on the school board becomes available in February 2010. At that time, Barry said she will name Teresa Hodges to fill it. Hodges is currently working on her master's degree in business, and is a financial and business analyst for Tower Automotive. Barry introduced Hodges to the city council Tuesday.

Barry said Hodges, Evans and Miller were the top three out of five finalists that were submitted to her by the Education Advisory Committee she put together. The committee looked at the 10-point plans submitted by potential candidates, without knowing their identities. The committee then submitted what it viewed as the top five plans.

A full report will be presented at 5, 6, and 10 on Newscenter 11.

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  • by Meridianite Location: Meridian on Sep 7, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    Since Don and Judith have firsthand classroom and administrative experience, maybe they can bring a whole new perspective to the district. I don't think anyone on the current board has been a teacher. That's what makes these choices potentially good ones. Hopefully they and the other new one that will come on board later will be an advocate for the students who want to learn and will deal swiftly to weed out the ones who are there to keep teachers from doing their jobs. Its not fair to the teacher or students who are there to learn to keep students with other agendas in teh classrooms. Honest citizen is right--its not the board or super or even the teacher who makes grades for a student. It is the student who EARNS grades==good or bad==parents play a big role here and need to take charge of their families!
  • by Recycle Location: Meridian on Sep 7, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    Why does MPSD constantly recycle bad employees. MPSD had to get rid of these 2 new Board appointees when they worked in the district as teachers/Administrators. If they couldn't do their jobs then, why would Chei Barry say they are the best Meridian has to offer. WHAT A JOKE! If she wanted former employees, why not call Hargie Crenshaw, Robert Markham, or James Vance for an encore presentation. These are the 2 she wanted, but do not insult us by saying they are the best Meridian has to offer. Also, 3 new administrators, one counselor, and numerous teachers have been hired to our District this year that were all non renewed from the Districts they worked in last year. How are we to improve when we hire proven LOSERS to our Board and into our Schools? The ONLY thing the BOARD needs to do is hire a proven Supt that will hire the best Principals and then GET OUT OF THE WAY. These 2 members are already telling how they are going to run MPSD. This will be another tragic mistake for MPSD!!
  • by SOS Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 7, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    Ray Charles could seee that it's time for Kent GO. He and Hood must leave for MPSD to have any chance at redemption. I'm sure these 2 newly appointed but terribly unpopular choices even know that. However, Mayor Barry lied about the process being open and fair. She knew exactly who was going to get the appointments well before any of the 10 point plans were even turned in. Other than their ties to NORTH Meridian and Cheri, they are pitiful choices for the Board. We would like for some regular citizens to be on the Board. The only way it seems for this to happen is to get an elected Boaed. Cheri Barry while running for Mayor said that she would advocate for this,since the election she has not mentioned it. Barry did not even call the regular applicants or the other 3 or 4 finalist and thank them for applying before announcing her choices to the City Council. This move exhibits NO CLASS and complete arrogance. Judy and Don will be no different than Fred&Ed,just the two new ego-maniacs.
  • by AgreewithED Location: Local on Sep 7, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    ED is 100% right. Expecially last year the system failed. The new superintendent made teachers give 50s even when students only made 10ss and 20s. The new superintendent let bad students stay at school when he should have put them out. The system failed the ones who were there to learn by letting desruptive ones keep teachers from teaching. Yes ED you are right. Lets hope things change this year.
  • by honest-talking-citizen Location: meridian on Sep 7, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    I don't care who they put on the school board. The board's job is to make policy and make sure policy is followed. The teachers' jobs are to instruct and they show up everyday--EVERYDAY--trying to do the best job they can. Nothing will change until parents--PARENTS--get control of their children and demand good behavior and good work. When my children were students at MHS, their teachers welcomed phone calls and conferences. Parents make your children take responsibility for their part in school. Demand and expect good work. Parents it won't matter who the mayor puts on the board, the bottom line will be you and your children. The superintendent or board will NOT be responsible for YOUR CHILD'S WORK. YOU have to make sure your child understands that HE is responsible for his success or failure.
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 4, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    oh boy dont believe what i am reading here.. how many years has the school system has failed over and over the community and the students... and here adults are yipping about the one that is able to do hopefully the job right isnt important but the skin color.. wonder who the bigger child is the ones that are under 18 or the ones that are to be the "adult/parents" talk about pathetic. personally i dont give a flip the skin color all i care about they do the job right and this is what all should care about...
  • by Sara on Sep 4, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Terry: I don't understand you either. It doesn't take black adults to care about black children, nor is the reverse true. I had black teachers that I still love dearly for what they taught me and how they conducted themselves. You are insulting both blacks and whites. Black people are the majority in our city, the majority in our schools.....and they don't feel they have a place at the table? If so, they have ceded the table and shame on them. That table in this case is for their children's future. Parents of any color can attend the PTA, speak, share, and be involved. I just don't buy that black adults are being kept away from being involved because they are fearful, nervous, intimidated, unintelligent, shy, or for any other reason like that. People find time and ways to do the things they want to do. It's just that simple.
  • by Terry on Sep 4, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    Sara, read your response a second time and still fail to pick up your sarcasm. My husband would call your remarks, "playing on the square." I say-black parents have to be brought to the table in Meridian, Ms. because they have not been made to feel they "belong" there. So, don't expect anyone to run where they may not feel comfortable.
  • by xyz on Sep 4, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    Terry, pointing out the truth represents racist attitudes?????? Truth hurts sometimes. Then you tell me where the black parents have been. Why do you have to bring someone to the table who doesnt care to begin with.
  • by Sara on Sep 4, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    To Terry: Obviously, some of my sarcasm was lost on you. My whole point is.....white parents are supporting the kids and the schools in ways that are necessary for the children to have a well-rounded education, academics and extra-curricular activities, like band and sports. So why would anyone want to chase them away? Black parents don't have to be "brought to the table". They should run to the table. These are their children. They are welcome at the PTA. They are welcome to be involved with boosters. Please come, because your children are all a part of this school district. Your help is needed. I think all three of these recent appointments are qualified people who think education is important. It doesn't matter if I like them personally or not. Give them a chance to prove they can be effective leaders instead of writing them off because of their color or their family tree.
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