Applicants for Superintendent Accepted Oct. 1-Nov. 19

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

After meeting with Mississippi School Board Association consultants, members of the board agreed Thursday to wait until the first of October to begin the search for a permanent superintendent again.

The board will take applications for the position Oct. 1 through Nov. 19.

Dr. Don Evans, president of the school board, said he believes that waiting is the best option right now. After listening to advice from the consultants, he and the rest of the board say this time frame will bring in more qualified applicants.

"And anybody who would want to interview with us, and apply for a position with us would not have time at this time," said Evans. "So we think once school has begun and they have the opportunity to start in October, then we'll get more applicants and better applicants."

Not everyone agrees. Angela Little is a parent with three children in Meridian Public Schools. Her three girls are ages 14, 11, and 10.

"Really, it's ridiculous," said Little. "But I feel like they need to hurry up and get someone there in the school system, because we need someone that we can rely on for the kids and for the parents also."

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  • by Paula Location: Meridian on Jul 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    So do you think Kent did a good job?
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jul 18, 2010 at 09:55 PM
    What would be the reasoning behind waiting to get a permanent superintendent versus a part time one when it was alredy known by the board that he was coming? The events of Mr. Charlie Kent are clouded in mystery. Perhaps, enlightenment is needed to clarify that first. I do not see where any other person who has held that office has had their name referred to in such a derrogatory manner. The issue isn't one of hurrying its one of filling the office with a qualified individual who has all of our children's interest upfront and is willing to try to keep more kids in school vesus on the street with nothing to do. One that is not quite so quick to just say "and another bites the dust" while putting more kids at Marion Park; or, having them finger printed with records for the basic infractions of rules instead of tools to deal with a future that requires an education. Not to mention one that represents the 85% of the Meridian Public school students.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jul 18, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    In spite of the lengthy and extensive process last time, we still wound up with a superintendent that was obviously not what the district needed. If Mr. Kent had made his true self known to the board, I don't believe for a second that they would have chosen him. However I do agree with you that the board does not need to rush. They need to take their time and secure the best possible candidate who is willing to come and serve the citizens and stakeholders of MPSD.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    Please tell me, ANGELA LITTLE, why would you want them to hurry up????? That's when you get someone like Mr. Kent.....Why wouldn't you want them to take their time? They have someone in the Super. spot for right now and he seems to be very qualified for the I don't understand the rush....
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