Parents Have Ideas about Superintendent

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Meridian's school board is moving forward with finding a new superintendent, at least on an interim basis.

Tuesday night it narrowed the list of potential candidates to five or six, and will begin the process of contacting them to gauge interest.

Only after hiring an interim will they begin the process of finding a new superintendent.

"We've taken that short list of those people who are available for our interim superintendent and now we're going to contact those people," said board vice-president Dr. Don Evans. "We're going to bring them in and interview them and put the best person in the position that we can for our interim as soon as we get them here."

But what makes someone the best person for this role? Newscenter 11 asked some parents.

"He should definitely have the experience and he should be able to be open-minded about things, work with the school board, and be able to take suggestions from the parents," said Robert Slaughter.

"What I would like to see would be a superintendent that has the student at heart, that would be there for them when they need them," said Juanita Grady.

"The thing that I look for in the superintendent is for them to support the teachers," said Theresa Lefleur. "The teachers need the support and the parents."

Parents also say the incoming superintendent or interim superintendent has room to bring improvements, such as increased safety.

The Meridian district has 12 schools and 6,700 students, making it the 16th largest in the state..

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    Left Just In: Get over yourself
  • by My 2 cents Location: Meridian on Mar 11, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    The district definitely needs a super who has a drive and determination to turn the district around. She/he should be someone who cares enough about the students to hold them accountable for their actions. S/he should care enough about the teachers to NOT speak disrespectfully about them in public or private. She/he should lead the way in finding solutions to the district's woes instead of creating more animosity and problems. I think we would all love to see another Mr. Hubbard-type person leading the district.
  • by Education Location: Supporter on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    We need to look locally for strong candidates with successful teaching and administrative experience for Supt. Dr. Kim Benton is the best choice in my personal opinion. Dr. Matthew Boggan at MSU would be a good choice as well.
  • by Left Just In Location: Time on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    "He should definitely have the experience and he should be able to be open-minded about things.." Looks like someone has already decided that the new supt. should be male!!! "He?"
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