Parents, school administrators, and local business members gathered as part of the Safety and Security Focus Group targeting the Meridian Public School District. Doctor Judith Miller is the Vice President of the Meridian Public School Board. She acted as the facilitator for the meeting.
Mississippi's legislature is requiring every school system to adopt a bullying policy by December of this year. According to Doctor Miller, the Meridian Public School district got an early start.
"Our board went ahead, developed and adopted, so that we could start the school year off with that policy in place to be proactive," explains Dr. Miller.
Those participating in the meeting expressed concern for consistency when it comes to discipline throughout the district. Members of the Safety and Security Focus Group know that policy can be suggested. It's the implementation that they worry about.
"Obviously having as many school sites as we do, as many school administrators, we are striving to make sure all of our administrators are on the same page and that all of our teachers are as well. Now that's a big effort, making sure we all understand issues the same way," says Dr. Miller.
According to Doctor Miller the main concern of the group is to gather information from the community about safety and security concerns.
"And then the second is to form a way for other parents to come and share their concerns and issues on safety and security."
Members of the group will be meeting again. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 12th.