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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  • by ME Location: MPSD on Mar 6, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    I must really be in the minority. I am a white female teacher that didn't have a problem with Mr. Kent, but I do have a BIG PROBLEM with Dr. Larabee, and so did the distict he left. Most teachers black and white DO NOT want him in the position and we pray to GOD his doesn't get it. Dr. Benton DOES NOT want the job either or she would have taken it 2 years ago. She definitly doesn't want it now and I don't know who would.
  • by Stud Location: Desota on Mar 2, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    I think Kent's biggest problem was a board resistant to the change they hired him to bring. It's alot like what we are seeing in congress right now. No side willing to give ground to make progress. Truely sad for a once great district.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    I have a question when the student whom brought a bb gun to school well, that isn't considered acting foolish or it was not important because there was no harm done? Northest for those who didn't know
  • by TRUTH on Mar 1, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    To A MHS Student's Parents: HA, your post just proved the point of the person you were trying to counter. Your spelling and grammar show your ignorance. Instead of showing your stupidity on this blog: read a book!
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Mar 1, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    I am so tired of people claiming things are a racial thing. I don't care if you are black or white. Why can't people see what the problem is. We as Christians let the government take Christ out of the school so now look what is happening. There are way to many fights. Children think they can be rude to the teachers and can do whatever they want and the teachers can not lay a hand of them. The only problem we have here in Meridian is egnorance. If you claim their is racial movtives then why not look and racial motives from blacks, whites and other raices. Just stop it with the egnorance.
  • by Left MPSD Location: Georgia on Feb 28, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    Randy, You made me "laugh-out-loud"! You are quite unintelligent! I hope you were actually being sarcastic.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    PART 3; Some subscribe to the belief that a duly elected School Board would facilitate a more diverse reflection of the overall demographic of the community as whole. TO WIT; let those who believe this, actively work towards that goal however it needs to accomplished. Once again it all starts with the parents, whether white, black, brown, or yellow. Whether you are Christian, Jew, Gentile, Buddhist, or Islamic, or whatever faith or agnostic. Excersing your right, or your privilege to positively affect your life and the lives of your children starts at home whther you live in the city or the county. No one person should have the right to determnine processes that affect the minds and developement of such minds by appointing a School Board or hiring a School Supertinedent. TO WIT: Education starts at home with values whether you are poor or rich. Quit accepting the status quo because of what you believe your station in life to be, rather particpate to determine what is to be.
  • by CONCERNED NATIVE MERIDIANITE Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 28, 2010 at 06:33 AM
    PART 2 As it was previous alluded to in PART 1: The responsibility inherent to all who live in this village called Meridian and Lauderdale County is to choose to actively engage processes that determine the potential for improvement in the quality of life that is being lived by all. Within this existing concept of it takes a Village to improve it's self, it's people and it's most precious home grown natural resource; it's children. If one is disssatified, participate, organize, formulate a strategy to promote continious Village improvement vaulues, education, economic empowerment, developement, i.e., If you don't like the Mayor, recall the mayor. If you don't like the ciyt council, don't re-elect the city council. If you don't like the county supervisor don't re-elect the county supervisor. If the School Board is not serving the best iterest of the CHILDREN, then engage the School Board and be ready to actively participate in determination processes. PART 3 NEXT
  • by CONCERNED NATIVE MERIDIANTE Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 28, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    First of all, this is one person's opionion. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE MAKE A PLEA TO EVEYONE WHO LIVES, WORKS, PLAYS, WORSHIPS OR NOT WITHIN, MERIDIAN AND LAUDERDALE COUNTY. PLEASE!!!! It is long past the time where race, creed, religion, and socio-economic disparity maintains a self-imposed strangelhold on the improvement in the quality of life for the citizens and residents of the region. MYSELF INCLUDED, MERIDIAN AND LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Take a look a mirror. Parents, take absolute responsiblity for your children's welfare and education no matter what your economic condition. You want to change or improve your quality of life? Start by registering to vote, that doesn't mean that you have vote, it does mean that you have the option to participate in the processes that determine issues that affect how tax dollars for Education, Law and Order, Social Services, and all Public Domain Issues are utilized. The is THE very fist lesson anyone should teach their children. THIS IS PART 1
  • by teacher on Feb 28, 2010 at 04:56 AM
    I believe the root of the problem starts at home. We as parents, must train up our students with having respect. As an elementary teacher, this is the main problem. When the race issues come up, I think we need to think about what we have taught our students at home. If parents go around bashing teachers then we can only expect the same from the students. If we train our students as parents to respect authority then we could all be advocates for these students because believe it or not, most of the teachers I know want to help the students and see them grow positively. We just get frustrated when administration won't enforce rules put it SOLELY on the teacher to make magic happen. I am a teacher and a parent and with this, I try to love on all my students regardless of their background but some students come to school with the "You can't do anything to me" attitude. I think this bucks authority but it also sets them up for failure because they are not willing to be helped.
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