MPSD Board of Approves Force Reduction

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

During a special called meeting Monday night, the Meridian School Board voted not to rehire 18 non-certified district employees.

Board president, Dr. Don Evans, says this would include some teacher assistant positions and custodial workers.

This move was made due to budget concerns and performance evaluations.
However, Evans says the main reason is budget shortfalls.

This force reduction will apply for the 2010-2011 school year. During last week's meeting, the board approved furlough days for all employees.

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  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    whine whine whine..whine whine whine..whine whine whine..whine whine whine..whine whine whine..whine whine whine..whine whine whine..whine whine whine.. sad is all i hear anymore from anyone you became a teacher then yip about the money... and yes i hear it when at college the teachers there sliding in the comment on pay... and i told them enough you wanted this job for what ever reason stop yipping about it you are not a child knew what it was and pay before you got into it.. the trouble is all are worried about socialization too much and computers rather then the basics reading writing and math ... and holding a standard on this... there is more that has to be said but not going to push a rope talking about it
  • by TO ANONYMOUS on May 27, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    I have you to know that I PAID for my college degree with my own money with the help of my parents. The state did not pay for none of my degrees. I work my tail off trying to do what is best for the children that I teach. I am not paid enough and I DO have a second job to supplement. If I were looking for money I can easily get a job making much more with my degree but CHOOSE to teach because I LOVE IT.
  • by RC Location: Meridian on May 27, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    Just to clue all of you in...I teach. I don't have discipline problems, I don't have problems getting the students to do what they need to, and I control classes of better than 50 . I have taught in classrooms from 3rd grad to graduate students. There is a common theme, if they respect you and you are excited about the topic then they will learn. If not, then look out. Teachers are government employees. If businesses don't have the money then they either cut pay or lay people off. You have a choice, either take a pay cut or lose your job. If they start cutting jobs, don't start with the ones who are new hires because they make the least. Start with the ones who have been there the longest. They cost the most. This is not about feelings, this is about saving the school district. The magic money fairy is not going to show up and save you so deal with it.
  • by anonymous on May 27, 2010 at 04:13 AM
    Wonder why, when is the last time you were in the classroom? Are you telling this board that you were so involved that you heard a large number of teachers talk about parents? The fact is a student should not be disrespectful to ANY teacher. It is human nature to get upset when your pay is cut and job is threatened. I agree with "Get Real". What will we do when there are not any more teachers? Students will not desire to go to college and get an education degree if this is how we treat these wonderful people!
  • by wonder why Location: west of the MS River on May 26, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    I have one question, if a child is disrespectful to a couple of teachers, but not to all teachers/adults, does that not make anyone wonder why. If I had a teacher who talked about my parents like I have heard some teachers talk about the children's parents in front of them, and then belittle the child, I don't think I would expect much respect from that child or his parents. I don't mind discipline as long as it is fair and applied to everyone the same. I don't believe all teachers are there for the children, sorry seen to many that aren't. These are the people who are upset about pay cuts and their job situation. Well I too am a state employee, only I haven't had a raise in four years, and I have to deal with bad attitudes as a public servant, but cutting off SSI checks to old people, and people who are down, and helping those that have lost their job does not feel right. BTW I have had 2/3 jobs at any time for the last 10 years.
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    fact is the whole thing is a major mess.. toss it all out bring in new and ones that want to do whats right.. not the first thing out of their mouth my pay my benefits.. as far as college goes.. few pay for it anymore as the state pays it all for you and then some all you need is to give the state X yrs for the trade off..
  • by Get Real on May 26, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    RC, if you cut teacher pay that much, you won't have anyone to teach the children. Teachers do not choose this profession to become rich. Teachers must have a college degree and that costs money. You want to cut the salaries of people that are basically "public servants"? Why not cut government benefits? By your calculations, you want to cut an individual that makes 30,000 per year lose 500 dollars per month. Why would a college educated professional take that kind of abuse? With your "proposals", you would have a teacher shortage.
  • by To RC Location: Meridian on May 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    I have read several of your posts and have come to the conclusion that you don't have a CLUE what it is like to be in the classroom. Why don't you volunteer a week or two and see what a teacher has to put up with every day. Let a momma get in your face because her baby is not passing and wants to sleep in class all day because he is out all night playing in the streets. Let a kid stand up to you and tell you to shut up talking to you. Try to get a class of 33 to understand the difference in an adverb and a verb. TRY TRY TRY if you can, but I bet you would not last one day. It is not all easy as you seem to think. Teachers do not sit at home during the summers, we have to keep our certificate up to date. We don't come home and relax, we have to keep up with grades and plans and all sorts of paperwork. Those who critize teachers would NEVER make it in the classroom.
  • by Tom Location: Meridian on May 26, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    You know, when things go wrong. School administration and board gets the blame. Its tough being an administrater and a board member. Athletic programs in school pretty much pays for its self. I do agree why do some schools have 10 coaches, but some of the coaches do not get paid a dime, they do it because they enjoy it. The blame should be put on the state. With education being so crucial why do you cut education. Cut other areas, quit giving money and help to the people that don't work and have babies for a paycheck. I know a girl that has 3 babies, she lives with the boyfriend who has a good paying job, they want get married because her wic, foodstamps and all her other freebies that the state is paying for will be cut out.
  • by Give Me a Break on May 26, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    Teachers already live on minimal wages and spend a ton of money on their own supplies, snacks and rewards for students. Cut the SSI checks. These people not working, having 2-8 kids they can't pay for, etc. That money should be put into educaton. Stop the FREE breakfast and lunch programs. Huge amounts of money! They get EBT money for food anyway. That is double payment. Or better yet all the teachers quit and then we can live off of the "government and hard working people's taxt dollars." Hmmm....not have to work and get paid probably as much as we do now, sounds good to me!
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