Meridian High School Ninth Grade Building

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

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The anticipation has been building for the new Meridian High School Ninth Grade Building. As the opening day grows nearer for students, officials from the Meridian Public School district try to make the transition easy.

"Right now they are going through looking at the classrooms, the set up. We've given them a copy of the three levels. Every level has a window in each classroom. We don't have a basement as such,"explains Kent.

The purpose of the open house was to allow parents, students, and the public to become more familiar with the building. The purpose of the new building according to Charlie Kent, the superintendent of Meridian Public schools, is to bring ninth graders onto the Meridian High School campus.

"The goal was to...we were one of a few school districts that did not have our ninth graders on the campus at the high school. So this was done to put the high schoolers on the campus. They're now here and we can also participate in some of the things that we did not have."

Kent says the new ninth grade building meets high standards.

"This building is state-of-the-art. We have whiteboards, we have monitors, we have projectors in every classroom."

Now that's just the classrooms. Kent says some of the labs offer even more accessories.

"In the stem labs, we have whiteboards and the computer boards that the teacher can walk up and there's a board that looks just like a computer screen. And it is state-of-the-art."

The ninth graders won't be the only ones to benefit from the new building.

"What we are planning on doing is taking some of the things that we have in this building and moving them across to the high school as well,"says Kent.

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  • by Larry Location: Meridian on Jan 13, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    I believe that they are wrong too! I am the President of our new building, I understand that its nice and state of the art, but I also believe that learning will take place!
  • by Jalia Location: Meridian on Dec 17, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    I do not agree with Lewis or James at all! I think that your comments offend the KG students like me. I just started school at KG about two weeks ago and the fact that they have a building seperate for us, i think is fantastic! Although its appearance is nice, that doesnt mean that it cant still be a learning environment.
  • by Lewis Location: meridian on Dec 15, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    I have to agree with James, looks only are for show. I have children attending MHS and am sick of the attitudes, laziness, and over crap that happens at this school. Myself have been in schools from east to west coast and MHS is by far bottom. Maybe if the staff, including security would do their jobs instead of collecting a pay check. Kids who are trouble should be punished!!!! Kids who want to learn should not feel intiminated in halls and class rooms from future pieces of crap.This is from a parent who ain't afraid to tell anyone how it is from any side.
  • by James Location: Meridian on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    You could spend a billion dollars improving the Meridian Public School's appearance but that is all it is... the appearance. The saying that best describes this situation is "I can take a ---- in a box, wrap it with pretty paper with a bow on top but in the end you still have ---- in a box". Washington D.C. spends more per child than any other state and they have one of the worst performing school systems in the country. If they don't want to learn then they are allowed to be failures. We need more fry cooks at McDonalds.
  • by retired K.G. teacher Location: Meridian on Dec 14, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    I attended the open house yesterday of the new ninth grade building. It is very impressive. I was also impress with Mr. Hubbard and his philosophy of the educational structure of the current Kate Griffin and how he plans to carry it over to the new ninth grade. Maybe he can influence the other schools to take on his way of thinking and dealing with the students.
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