Public Meets Meridian Superintendent Candidates

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

The Board of Trustees for the Meridian Public School District Tuesday night held the second public interview for candidates applying for the superintendent position.

The candidates were told ahead of time that it would be a public interview.

The two candidates interviewed Tuesday night are Dr. Tori Holloway, the current principal of Harrison Central High School, and Dr. Fred Hill, the current assistant superintendent for Tupelo Schools. A third candidate, Jackson Public Schools administrator Rosie Payton, has already interviewed with the board in a public setting.

The board announced that it has four main goals for the district, and asked the candidates how they would work to see the goals accomplished.

The goals are: increase safety, security and discipline in all schools, bring all schools to a rating of successful or above by 2013, increase the graduation rate to eighty or eighty-five percent by 2013, and to improve the district's financial stability.

Dr. Holloway was the first candidate to be interviewed. Holloway said, "The most important thing I can do in working with the school board is to have an open line of communication with you all about our vision and the expectations. Keep you updated on the status on reaching the goals you have set. Not only do I need to communicate with you, but with the community as well."

"The first thing you do is make sure there is an understanding of open communication, not just with the board but with stake holders in the community, as well," said Dr. Hill. "So, when you are trying to decide which direction to take, you want to make sure you have input from those that these decisions will impact."

Those in attendance were asked to provide written input on the candidates.

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  • by wow Location: Meridian on Jun 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM
    You could hire the best superintendent in the country and you won't fix the Meridian public schools. You can not make students that do not care and do not have a father want to learn.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jun 23, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    I pray that this will be the moment when MPSD turns the page and begins to return to its former "among the best" status. The interview process was interesting, and I applaud the decision to allow the community to view this segment of the process. I hope that the chosen one will put the education of all students first by exerting strong disciplinary measures to insure that disruptive students will not keep a teacher from doing her/his job. Anything less will 1-be unfair to the ones who are there to learn and achieve, and 2-will certainly spell disaster for this troubled district.
  • by Feliz Location: Navidad on Jun 23, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    Every one talked about open communication. I just want to know when open communication has been a part of MPSD. They had said that they count everybody opinion in MPSD decision process, but at the end they do what they want to do. Why they keep lying to all the stake holders? Why they just tell the true about our district and the problems we face as city? Tire, just tired to hear the same song and to see the same dance.
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