MPS Board to Interview Interim Superintendent Candidates

The Meridian School Board will be meeting again later this week, as it continues the process of trying to hire an interim superintendent.

The board fired former superintendent Charlie Kent three weeks ago. And last week, it rescinded the decision and allowed him to resign instead.

The board meets again Wednesday evening. Interviews with potential interim superintendents is the main item on its agenda.

The board planned to contact five or six candidates.

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  • by Margie Location: Meridian,MS on Mar 22, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    I would like to see a male principal placed at MH school. One who will speak to the students daily during announcements to let them know what is expected of them in terms of conduct, academics etc. also, I would like the schedule will be back to the original schedule. I would also like to see a class in place at Marion Park for pregnant teens; the classroom enviroment need to be set in order; getting pregnant appears to be a fashion show. walking around pregnant and fighting is not what getting an education is all about. I pray they will realize this and do better.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Mar 21, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    I hope we will see some changes in this district soon. The behavior of these children is way out of hand. Someone needs to send a powerful message to these students that they are not running the schools. Their parents need to get control of their children and show support to those that are trying to teach their children. When I was in school parents did not believe the children they supported the school system in all their decisions because they knew they had their child's best interest at heart and would provide the education they needed to be successful.
  • by Immediate improvement needed for success Location: Meridian on Mar 20, 2010 at 06:04 PM
    I hope the current board and interim will begin immediately sending a powerful message to students and parents that disruptive and disrespectful behavior is not going to be tolerated in this district anymore. Our teachers need the support of the board and all administration so they can provide a safe environment conducive to a positive learning environment. Our children who go to school and follow the rules and show respect to their teachers, administrators and peers are being punished and deprived of the education they deserve. No teacher should have to tolerate or deal with those who are there only to disrupt the education of others. MPSD Board Members please help resolve this problem and restore our trust in this district and the educational institution. It is a known fact that students who feel safe will perform at a higher level when they are in a safe and stress free learning environment. Educators will also accomplish more with our students when their working conditions are safe.
  • by eager citizen Location: Meridian on Mar 19, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    I am eager to see who the board will choose to be the interim. It will take a strong bridge person to begin to reverse the damage that has been done. He or she will have to reinstate strong discipline and punishments to fit those who choose to interrupt and cause trouble at every turn. I hope the interim and new super will respect the teachers and work WITH them instead of against them. Teachers are there to educate and try to teach students to be productive good citizens. The teachers must have the support of administration for this to happen.
  • by Parent on Mar 17, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    Despite all the negative things that are being said about our children black or white public or private there are still many children who do what is expected of them, excel in education, and are very respectful. Too much attention is given to the negative. When something negative happens it's front page news. When something positive happens it never makes the news. We need to accentuate those children who do positive and who model good behavior as, hopefully, an example to those who do not. Many students from our county go on to do great things. It's just that many times they go elsewhere to pursue their dreams, where there is less negativity and more opportunities for all.
  • by Back On Topic Location: Meridian on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    In an attempt to get back on topic, does anyone have any idea who the board is looking at/interviewing?
  • by An Asian Location: Meridian on Mar 17, 2010 at 12:41 AM
    Well this jumped to race rather quick. ALL of you are racist just be glad we're in MS so you know everyone else is to. Just remember we are all pink on the inside.
  • by mhs teacher on Mar 16, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    The firing of Mr. Kent was not racial; the intelligent black parents I have talked to have made this statement; the racist blacks who want to scream racism every time things do not agree with them are some of the drop-outs or barely made its the public schools could not reach. Too many of the kids are out of control and have no respect for authority. I am not a prejudiced person but the truth is it is mainly the black students, especially the ones who hear it at home and come to school and echo the attitude towards the white teachers. They skip classes, cuss the teachers, heckle the teachers, and defy whatever they are asked to do. There are a lot of intelligent black parents who do not want their children in the atmosphere of MHS and say they will pull them out next year. Think about it - black parents taking their children out of a predonomantly black school to keep them from being exposed to the attitudes and actions of the majority. We need a whole new VISIBLE administration.
  • by Jennifer is back! Location: Marion on Mar 16, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    Ha,ha! Just what I expected from some of you. To the RedLine Citizen..ITs the blacks you are the aggressors this time!With the so called Black NAZIS a.k.a Revs at the front faming to be wounded all the time when they are out for personal ambitions, pretending to be for the "righteous" black race!Nauseating!Lamar is not pefect,Concerned about the Lies, but compared to the public schools; in Ratio terms we ARE much better! MOre importantly people our students score WAY above your pathetic schools!
  • by Concerned about the Lies Location: Jackson on Mar 16, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    Sorry Jennifer but you are mistaken. My best friend is a counselor and she has several clients from Lamar. They are either using drugs, selling drugs, assaulting others/family or all of the above. No school in Lauderdale County is without these problems!!! Ask the administrators to tell the truth and report ALL the problems.
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