The Meridian School Board met Monday night for the first time since two new board members were appointed by Mayor Cheri Barry.
The previous board met with a lot of public criticism. The hope has been that a new board may be able to put that to rest.
Dr. Judith Miller said she is looking forward to her time on the board. She said she knows there will be challenges, but she hopes to implement her priorities to better the future of Meridian Public Schools.
"Primarily, I have two main objectives," said Miller. "One is that we have safe and orderly schools, and two, that teachers teach and students learn. I think it's very important that we also communicate with our parents and our community and that our parents communicate with our schools and teachers."
Dr. Miller told us she's doing her homework just like the students. She has been visiting various schools throughout the district.
"My greatest concern is on the assessment scores; the report's back," said Miller. "And I'm really, really concerned about reading, because I know the significance and importance of reading for every child. And I've been meeting with principals and visiting the schools. I've also had meetings with all of the department heads."
Miller has been doing her homework for a while. For 15 years, she was executive director of the East Mississippi Center for Educational Development.
"Prior to that I worked with Meridian Public Schools as director of public relations and grants development," said Miller. "And then before that I was at Meridian High School as a school administrator."
The other appointee, Don Evans, will not be able to attend the Monday meeting, due to a prior commitment.