MPS Board Develops Short List

Meridian School Board members continued the process of selecting an interim superintendent at a special called meeting Tuesday night.

At a meeting last week, board members met with a representative of the Mississippi School Board Association, who helped develop a short list of candidates who are available.

"What we've done tonight is, we've taken that short list and those people who are available for interim and now we are going to contact them, bring them in and interview them and put the best person in that position as we can," said school board vice-president Don Evans.

All of the people on the list of candidates are retired superintendents.

Former superintendent Charlie Kent has requested a hearing concerning his termination.

The search for a permanent replacement can't start until that hearing has been held.

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  • by Concerned Parent Location: Meridian on Mar 15, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    It is strange that parents get blamed for teacher/ administration incompetence when it comes to handling classroom behavior. Do parents call you to help them do their jobs? If you can't do your jobs please quit, and make room for those who don't make excuses and point fingers, but who can and want to make a difference.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    I agree with teacher. If there was more parental involvement we wouldn't be in the situation we are in now. There are a few good parents who follow up on their children and if they are completing assignments and behaving. To those parent...I commend you. Until we interrupt the lazy, incompetent, ignorant parents schedule by forcing them to come to school and deal with their children's misbehavior we won't accomplish anything. It is a sad world when parents don't believe anything a teacher says over their "precious...lying...sneaky...disrespectful" child. Especially when it is not just one is 3 or 4 of them...or it has happened years in a row. What this district needs is discipline and parental envolvement!
  • by teacher Location: Meridian on Mar 11, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    I've read all the comments in regard to MPSD, the firing of Kent, etc. My question is: Where are all these parents when the district has a parent workshop to help their child in school? A workshop was given Monday, May 8th at the Parent Resource Center. There were only two parent and a few children from Frankberry Courts. It was rather disappointing to see the turnout for this workshop. It was advertised....flyers were sent home...yet only 2 parents showed up. Come on people..if you put just as much time in your children's school as you do posting about all the drama in the district, your child might actually have a fighting chance. Oh, and before anyone tries to blast me for posting while at work....this is my break period.
  • by TRUTH on Mar 11, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    It is MR. Kent NOT DR. Kent!
  • by itsabouttime on Mar 10, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    it is simple,he did not do a good job.....
  • by Clear view on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    In the name of transparency, the School Board, who serves at the appointment of the Mayor, should explain why Dr. Kent's employment was terminated. The public and parents of MPS students deserve this. Our children's lives and future are at stake and transparency might eliminate any suspicions concerning his termination.
  • by Out of the Limelight Location: Meridian on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    God forbid somebody be dismissed for not doing their job in the proper manner. Hence the work world is the way it is today.
  • by RedLine Citzen Location: Meridian on Mar 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    I am glad Mr. Kent requested a hearing on his termination ,so the truth can come to the light. The school board members is currently steering the system in the wrong direction. Is it time for Don Evans to retire!!!
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