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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