Kent Appears "On the Record"

Meridian Public School District won't start the 2009-2010 school year for another couple of weeks.

But embattled superintendent Charlie Kent will talk about it on WTOK's "On the Record" this weekend.

Kent will answer a lot of questions about the state of Meridian schools, and the job he has done during the last year, which was his first as superintendent.

"One the Record" airs Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on WTOK-TV, Channel 11.1.


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  • by Watch yourself on Aug 13, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    To Teacher on Aug 9: You sure are making some pointed statements to and about the black community of which you teach a majority of those children. What gives? You act like only black families received food stamps. That is so far from the truth. Get your facts straight. As a teacher, you should not be posting comments about your fellow colleagues. Which one has made you so bitter? If Kent wasn't putting his foot in his mouth as much as he has been, I would say to you that his comments might have merit because of the way you think. It seems that you are one that has low opinions about black people. Shame on you as an educator! I wouldn't want my child in your class. You might be one who promotes segregation. Check yourself before you start casting stones at others! I am sure you are not perfect. Everyone has ups and downs in life. You are not perfect!If the parent is taking care of their child, great! God is the only judge that they have to answer too.
  • by To Unmarried on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    You may not have received food stamps, WIC, etc.; but most that have babies out of wedlock do!
  • by Unmarried Teacher on Aug 12, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    I am offended by the statement about black teachers having babies out of wedlock. I am a single mother and a highly educated individual. I made a mistake, as all of us do. I feel I am a role model, in that I tell my students about the mistake I made and beg them NOT to make the same mistake I did. My life has not an easy one, but I thank God for strong support systems.(family, church) And for your information, I did not receive welfare, food stamps, WIC, or child support. I worked and supported my child, who is by the way, a successful and educated black male. Before clumping all unmarried mothers/teachers in a dung pile together, get the facts first.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:26 PM
    To Teacher on Aug 9. Black teachers are not the only teachers that are having babies out of wedlock? This action is wrong, but is your condemnation any better? Are you perfect? Would you rather that they had an abortion? Did you talk to them and tell them that they are supposed to be in a role model position for young girls and that their life style and decisions were inappropriate? Our young girls do not need to see this type of behavior from adults. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and choices, but some professions should be held to a higher standard. I hope these teachers see their mistake. I hope they can changeGod blesses us to have children, but I think he does want us to be married. We have enough with Kent attacking teachers, please do not add to it. Talk to the teachers and offer spiritual guidance. I hope the negativity will go away.
  • by Give Me a Break on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:55 PM
    To PR for Free: How do you know what he meant to say?? Until the black community of Meridian is made to accept responsibility for their children's education, behavior and actually accept financial responsibility for them it will not matter if they see Ceo's, etc. who look like them. Sorry to say, but MPSD's trouble began when the Black administrators were forced into their positions ONLY b/c of their color. Since this time MPSD has been on a downward spiral. AND yes, Kent didn't put all of them there but he sure is doing a lot of replacing idiots with idiots! Hire the best people no matter their color! Give everyone a fair chance. I sure do see lots of reverse discrimination here! Citizens of Meridian: WAKE UP!
  • by To PR for Free on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:44 PM
    Tell Charlie that it's not gonna fly. We heard what he said, and he knew exactly what he was saying. He has told the faculty the same thing in MUCH plainer words: he wants the faculty to match the students body (85% black/15% white).
  • by Gullible Location: Meridian on Aug 11, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    TO PR for free; If he knew he was not a public speaker he should not have applied for a job as a superintendent of a large school district. Being able to communicate with people is a major part of the job, especially for $150,OOO a year salary. Also, I thought the company that was hired to find qualified applicants should have weeded out anyone who could not communicate with people rather than passing name/s on in the final group for interviews. As always MPSD pays out big bucks that could be used to benefit students in the classroom and they continue to get very little for our tax dollars. Meridian has a number of highly qualified educators that have specialist and doctorate degrees and these educators should have had first choice at this job without hiring a firm that probably laughed all the way to the bank with the big bucks they received from our gullible district.
  • by PR for Free on Aug 11, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    I'd love to become Mr. Kent's PR person. I'd do it for free just so he could keep his mouth closed. The statment he made was one made in administrator meetings and should have stated, "African American students need to see successful CEOs of businesses and corporations who look just like them." He did not mean to be racist, he's just not a public speaker. Give the man a break.
  • by Glory Daze on Aug 11, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    Who was MPSD's best superintendent? Can't answer this question because there have been no outstanding sups. All of them have had to play poker with the good ole boys, therefore, resulting in the mess the district is in now. Drawdy, Cannon, McLin, Autry, Sargent inherited mess and the lone black man is having to deal with the mess. Racism has always been present in Meridian but was the "norm." An agitator has just come into our community and stirred up the hornet's nest. Don't blame Kent for MPSD's mess-he's just the fall guy. The South will still be south and Meridian will still be the melting pot of racism.
  • by Redeem yourself Location: Meridian on Aug 11, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    MPSD board members, You can redeem yourself and gain some respect if you just remove this man. He has not demonstrated any form of leadership since he arrived. Why should he be allowed to continue to attempt to lead this district with him giving himself a C and making no effort toward helping move our district beyond a C . Any good leader would have rated himself as excellent and would have conducted himself in that manner during the critical first year of service. He has demonstrated that he is not capable of leading a district of this size. He may be ok one on one or in a small group with you but,leadership is not about how one talks to just one person or a small group, it is about how you lead an entire system. Show that you are true leaders and that you are not going to tolerate his lack of respect to teachers and other staff who are giving their all to serve children of this community. Communication skills are essential and should be a priority when hiring a superintendent.
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