School Board Allows Kent to 'Resign'

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The Meridian School Board has reached a settlement with former superintendent Charlie Kent over his termination.

At a board meeting Thursday night, the panel voted 4-0 to rescind Kent's termination. Then, it allowed Kent to submit his resignation.

The decision came after Kent asked for a termination hearing, which was held earlier Thursday.

Board members said they hope this step allows the district to begin moving forward.

"Yes, we've got an agreement now with Mr. Kent," said new board president, Dr. Don Evans. "As soon as our attorney goes back with him and produces those papers on the agreement, then at that time, he's had an opportunity to resign and the school board rescinded his termination tonight."

"Mr. Kent be allowed to resign, effective immediately. And to accept Mr. Kent's resignation. And that the district pay$70,000 in the settlement pursuant to the settlement agreement which will be attached to the minutes," said vice-president, Dr. Judith Miller.

The payment of $70,000 will compensate Kent for the rest of the school year and fulfill other purposes.

Kent had roughly one and a half years remaining on his contract.


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  • by Wondering Location: Meridian on Mar 24, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Does anybody know exactly what an auditor for MDE does? What are the responsibilities?
  • by VERY concerned citizen Location: Meridian on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    You have got to be kidding! They hire a man who nearly wrecked the entire district--a man who is responsible for so many good teachers and families leaving the district--MDE? I hope and pray that he is not in any position to do the kind damage statewide as he did during his 1 1/2 year here in Meridian.
  • by In Da No Location: Meridian on Mar 22, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    Congratulations Mr. Kent on your new job at MDE. Meridian didn't appreciate you as Super, but they will appreciate you when you come in and help them clean up the mess (school improvement). I hope you will remember those who were loyal to MPSD and tried to do their jobs in spite of turmoil. Furthermore, I hope you will clean out the ones who stabbed you in the back and are crippling this district. Make sure you ask Mr. Boutwell to monitor the blogs that come from teachers during school time and those who meet at HH and Chili's to plan how best not to do what is asked of them by their administrators. Payback is a ______.....
  • by Just slightly more educated than some Location: meridian on Mar 18, 2010 at 04:24 AM
    in·ane   /ɪˈneɪn/ Show Spelled[ih-neyn] –adjective 1.lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly: inane questions.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 16, 2010 at 03:53 PM
    Uh, Anonymous----if you had any education worth anything (and you must not have), or if you had access to a dictionary (even if you knew where to find one), you would know the meaning of the word "inane". I'm not going to give you the meaning, because I want you to get off your lazy, ignorant rear end, and look it up yourself.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 14, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Oh, please, Loretta----what in this earth does race have to do with this? What it comes down to is QUALIFICATION, QUALIFICATION, QUALIFICATION, and neither Kent or Hood have it. Why, on every post you make, regardless of the subject matter, do you make such inane comments? Is it your narrow mind, lack of intelligence, or are you trying to encourage many people to respond to your comments? It ain't working, you senseless person. I could use stronger terminology, but my post might not be posted----
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Mar 13, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    They fired the black man and Vicky Hood would be next. Why are they firing the black people??
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 13, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    The Meridian School Board is so pathetic---obviously, Kent was fired for a reason and or reasons----and they give him the option to have his dismissal changed to a resignation? Under these circumstances, the moron will pull the wool over the eyes of some prospective employer(school system), and be hired somewhere else. The MSB is doing a great disservice to the prospective employer of Kent. And they gave him a money settlement also? No wonder that Meridian City Schools are in the condition they are.
  • by also connected Location: Meridian on Mar 13, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    Mack is correct. Kent was working on his doctorate--that was made clear to everyone (who was paying attention) when he was hired--that he had not yet earned the doctorate, but was working on it. He was paid what he was promised. Anonymous, ask some questions and learn the FACTS before jumping to false conclusions.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:49 PM
    ok so gets a job and tells all he has his degree then while he is working tries to get it.. and next is still paid ... breach of contract as it was false moneys shouldnt been paid and what was should have been returned
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