Safety and Security Focus Group Meets

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

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.

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  • by Mischa Location: Meridian on Jul 31, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    I sure hope Dr. Miller will STRESS the importance of implementing the policies. It won't matter what is set in place, if the administrators do not ENFORCE the policies, it is wasted effort. MPSD would be back to top notch if the administrators would follow policies, not belittle teachers in front of children, and be the instructional leaders that they are supposed to be. There are a few administrators who do not deserve the positions that were given to them. I say given because ______ ______ picked or promoted his friends to some of the administrator positions two years ago. This is the problem with Meridian: friends who are not qualified for certain positions are placed in high positions over qualified people. Stick with the handbook and procedures and MPSD will be back on top of the education system! Get the drugs out of the schools, punish children who keep being repeat offenders, and highlight the good students who do what is right!
  • by concerned citizen Location: lauderdale county on Jul 30, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    I know the city wants to improve the safety and security of their students. It seems all I have been reading about in the Meridian Star is another homicide occurring in Meridian or Lauderdale county. How many have occurred this year already? We need to look at the whole community not just the schools. Children do what the see--this area doesn't set a very good example!
  • by Anonymous Location: Toomsuba on Jul 30, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    It's not just safety and security that is a concern for me as a parent of teenagers. The amount of drugs that are sold on our school campus are a huge concern.
  • by Correction Location: Meridian on Jul 30, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    Judy Miller is not VP of the school board. Teresa Hodges is.
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