City Leaders React to Kent's Firing

Reaction to the firing of Meridian school superintendent Charlie Kent came from some of the city's leaders.

Members of the Meridian City Council came down on both sides of the issue.

Ward 1 councilman, Dr. George Thomas, supported the move. Ward 2 councilwoman, Mary Perry was against it.

"I think it was a brave move by the board," said Thomas, a veteran educator. "If they think that what they need is a change to go where we need to go, then what's they need to do."

"Some teachers felt not supported, but that was not true," said Perry, herself a retired teacher. "They just didn't know how much. When you have high expectations, sometimes people feel like you're on them. But he just wanted the best for the students, that's where his heart was. "

The move came just a few months after the council approved the appointment of two new school board members. Both new members voted for Kent's firing.


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  • by Leaders with integrity needed! Location: Meridian on Mar 6, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    No teacher should have to deal daily with disrespectful students who refuse to get in dress code and then are openly defiant, refuse to follow class rules and disrupt the learning environment. Inconsistency by administrators in dealing with students who are repeat offenders is a major reason for the behavior problems. Teachers are not paid enough for all they have to put up with on a daily basis in addition to trying to teach, grade papers,and purchase school supplies for children who's parents refuse, disrespectful parents, do all the extra paper work that is dreamed up by their superiors and then go home and try to teach their own children who have been in classes all day where their education was interupted by the children who come to disrupt class and often go back to work for all the extra activites that happen after school hours. A teacher's job goes beyond the time spent on campus. It is time for administrators to show their teachers that they truly appreciate them and help!
  • by what now Location: Meridian on Mar 5, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Mr. Kent did not stand a chance! This has Cherri Berry written all over it. The two new people on the school broad was chosen just for this reason to get rid of Mr. Kent. WAKE UP MERIDIAN! Lets make sure she is a one termer before she totally destroy race relations in Meridian. It is all politics people. These people don't care anything about our KIDS! Even Harvard University called this one out with their study of Meridian Public Schools or did we total forget about that? And they have no dog in the fight at all just told the truth. SAD TO SAY BUT IS RACE! THAT WAS THEIR FINDING.
  • by FYI Location: Meridian on Mar 1, 2010 at 03:33 PM
    FYI- The MPSD school board does make visits to the schools. They are very much aware of what our teachers are having to deal with in the classroom. I believe they will make a difference! Give them a chance before you complain.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    The next superintendent should campaign for the position like they do in the county schools. Don't just put any old thing in office. I am what you call a minority. If a person doesn't do his job then get someone who will. No matter if they are black, white, green, gold, purple or whatever. This race crap needs to stop. I am trying to raise my kids better than this but when something like this comes up it can be hard. Just because a black or white man gets fired that doesn't mean race has something to do with it. Get a LIFE....... I remember when Dr. Drawdy, and Dr. Seargent was in office and the district was way better than it is now.
  • by formerMPSD teacher Location: meridian on Feb 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM
    Our readers are not informed on 90% or more discipline issues which occur each day in MPSD. We only had the latest become public because of the submitted video. Children are afraid to come to schools many times because of fear. Weapons,including a 4lb. pair of brass knuckles was used recently to brutlly attach and cause a child in the sixth grade to have to go go the ER. If this sounds bad to you, it is only ONE of many mmany "things" we are to be quiet about and get "placed under the rug" It is Ms Kendrick at Nortwest and many others. Teacher's are highly qualified, but we ard not supported and are consantly undermined by mostly female,African American principals with a little power throwing their weight around because theycan.Students are running the schools...bottom line..Charlie Kent was the tip of this iceburg!Lots of parents and teachers have plans of leaving MPSD IMMEDIATELY AND WHO CAN BLAME THEM WITH MORALE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM IS DISMALL!!!
  • by M. C. Location: Meridian on Feb 27, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    The firing of Supt. Kent has nothing to do with the welfare of students. It is politics as usual. Those who voted to fire Mr. Kent do not have the interst of our children at heart. Supt. Kent was trying to put ion place a comprehensive plan that would I am sure have turned the system around. He was planning to get rid of incompetent staff , expand the tutorial program etc. I attended the last school board meeting, two board members voted against expanding the tutorial program. Two of the ones who voted to get rid of Mr. Kent. I know for a fact that tutoring works. My oldest daughter was failing in school. We found her a good tutor and she graduated with honors. It is also rumored that the board members who voted to fire Mr. Kent also voted to keep the ones that he was going to terminate. We also need to take a look at how many Supts. we have had in the last few years. Is there something wrong with the person or the system ?
  • by Troy on Feb 27, 2010 at 05:18 PM
    Those who are claiming race as the issue here have a lot of eye-opening to do. This firing had nothing to do with Mr. Kent's skin color. It is solely based on performance and several internal issues that have been going on for quite some time. It saddens me that we cannot move forward because of all the people using race as either a crutch to help you or excuse for when bad things happen. Is this what we are teaching our children? Is this what Dr. King was wanting for this generation and all future ones of Black America? The thought of what Dr. King would feel if he saw all this now just brings me to tears! Mr. Kent made some poor choices in his job and they cost him. As far as I'm concerned, that's it.
  • by Teacher Location: Meridian on Feb 27, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    Not like this will even matter: but Meridian has been going down hill ever since we began to put ourselves and the opinions of man before the raising and teaching of our future, the children. I refuse to spoon feed/handicap my students. These children are the future ladies and gentlemen. Others are enabling our future.. They are coming to school filthy, unfed, no supplies and an attitude from the pit of hell. Why?? Because so many people before them have enabled them and literally put a spoon in their mouth for them. It's time to teach these kids responsibility and consequences for ones actions.. Not stick a pacifier in their mouth because you're too lazy (oh, I'm sorry.. tired) to deal with them. It's time that we realize that these children are our future doctors, teachers, lawyers.. But in the direction we're going, we'll end up having to work until we die because the children we are "raising" are too lazy...oh, tired.. to do anything.. It's time to wake up.
  • by randy on Feb 27, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    let the blacks teach blacks an whites teach whites,this segeration thing hasent worked,,
  • by tiredofitall Location: meridian on Feb 27, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    Its not the whites keeping the blacks down. Its the actions of the blacks keeping themselves down. You need to look around your own back yard and clean it up. Teach your children to be good people not someone getting in trouble and being proud of it. There are good and bad folks in all races but that does not mean everyone else has to act like them. The communities need to clean up ourselves. If we as parents did better in our lives the kids would see this and maybe want to be better. When all they see is violence and wrong doing then they do not know how to act any better. The school administrations all need to be cleaned out of folks setting bad examples for the children. We need positive role models with integrity. What is integrity? Doing the right things when you think no one is watching you. Lying about tests and cheating is not the kind of integrity I want my children to learn. Lets do better in the future for our kids sake. Lets give them some thing to be proud of (themselves)
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