New Board Ready for Tasks

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

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.


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  • by Concerned Location: Meridian on Oct 3, 2009 at 03:50 AM
    I hope the new board members don't have the mind set that coaches can't be sucessful administrtors like Fred Wile did. The following (black and white) administrators were coaches/administrators and left Meridian Public Schools because of this misguided belief. Of course, the surrounding area was the benefactor. Braisher and Barnes to Lamar,Burnham and Irby to County,Ross and McDill to Newton County,Pouncey retired early,Sherrod Miller to Newton,Everett left for Tuscaloosa County. All of these known for being outstanding administrators. They all saw the writing on the wall, meddling board members imposing their will and personal beliefs on the district. In a time when Meridian struggles for leadership wouldn't we be in great shape with all these gentlemen working with our children and staff. Oh yea, non coaches who left for same reason-Linda Dulaney,John Lisintbee,Cheryl Thomas,Kim Massey,Terri Edwards,Karen Rhodes all in the county. This did not take place under Charlie Kent.
  • by Follow the rules Location: meridian on Sep 22, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    I could not believe the new Board member, bragging about visiting in the schools and with Principals and Department heads. This is against the law, according to the rules governing School Board members. An individual Board member has no voice, they are simply a private citizen, just like you and me. Their only voice is in official Board action, when 3 or more members are present. She has no more right to question school employees than you or me. I could not believe her ignorance or arrogance in breaking these rules and then bragging about it to the news. She may have the best intentions and we all know there needs to be drastic changes in the Administrative personnel (CO & building level, but she muist abide by the rules in making these changes happen. If not she will be no different than the arrogant meddling Board members that have tried to desroy our school system, Fred Wile & Ed Lynch. Thank o goodness Fred is gone,Ed should go. He and Lynch have almostsingle handidly ruined MPSD.
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