Parents Share Opinions on Kent's Termination

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The news of Meridian school superintendent Charlie Kent being fired came as a shock to parents,students and faculty in the Meridian School District.

Despite the controversy in previous months, some did not see it coming.

Newscenter 11 asked parents at a couple of campuses Friday, 'What type of person do you want leading the school system?'

These are the responses:

"I want someone who will be fair throughout the system. I want someone who puts the education of our school system first."

"Respect."

"Someone who will make it safe. It starts with the principal. And someone who cares, who has kids and has the views I've got."

When parents describe what qualities a school superintendent should have, many characteristics come to mind. Whether or not Charlie Kent possessed these qualities didn't matter for some parents. They thought Kent should have been terminated a while ago.

II think it's something that should have been done," said parent Angela Lindemann. "There have been some problems and issues."

"I think it's a good thing that happened and I'm pleased with it," said parent Lana Richardson.

Some parents are pleased with the decision. Others thought Kent was doing a fine job of overseeing Meridian Public Schools. Terri Ford has two children who attend Oakland Heights Elementary School. She said she's happy with the administration and the results of the school.

"I didn't have any complaints at the school. I really like it and both of my kids' teachers, and I don't have any complaints," said Ford.

In a situation like this, parents are bound to fall on both sides. We talked to many parents who support the decision and those who oppose it. The main question many parents have is, what were the specific reasons Kent was terminated?

That question was posed to the school board at a Friday morning news conference. Newscenter 11 was told by those present that they could not comment further, because it's a personnel issue.


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