Barry Makes School Board Appointments

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry has made two appointments to fill expired terms on the school board.

The appointments, who were confirmed Tuesday by the Meridian City Council, are Dr. Don Evans and Dr. Judith Miller.

Miller retired as executive director of the East Mississippi Center for Educational Development in Meridian in 2007.

Evans worked for Meridian Public Schools for 35 years, before working for Clinton Public Schools, where he was principal of the year in 2000, and has been with EMCED since 2003.

A third position on the school board becomes available in February 2010. At that time, Barry said she will name Teresa Hodges to fill it. Hodges is currently working on her master's degree in business, and is a financial and business analyst for Tower Automotive. Barry introduced Hodges to the city council Tuesday.

Barry said Hodges, Evans and Miller were the top three out of five finalists that were submitted to her by the Education Advisory Committee she put together. The committee looked at the 10-point plans submitted by potential candidates, without knowing their identities. The committee then submitted what it viewed as the top five plans.

A full report will be presented at 5, 6, and 10 on Newscenter 11.

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