Working Together To Improve Meridian Schools

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The forum covered a variety of issues. However, all topics focused on the future of Meridian's public schools. It was a full forum. District officials say they want to bring parents into the process of improving schools and academic performance.

"We want them to know what programs we have to offer and if they can help us do what we are doing. We want their help in a partnership," said school board president, Edward Lynch.

The district's superintendent says he wants to create a partnership.

"We want them to know what programs we have to offer and if they can help us do what we are doing we want their help in a partnership," said Charlie Kent.

The forum was held at the Frank Cochran Center.

Meridian school performance in Accountability Ratings released in late November are posted below.

Meridian Parkview Elem ACADEMIC WATCH
Meridian Magnolia Middle ACADEMIC WATCH
Meridian Oakland Hts Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian George W Carver Mid AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian T J Harris Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian Northwest Jr High AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian West Hills Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian Crestwood Elem AT RISK OF FAILING
Meridian Kate Griffin Jr High FAILING
Meridian Witherspoon Elem FAILING
Meridian Poplar Springs Elem SUCCESSFUL

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  • by anothereducator Location: meridian on Dec 11, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    Educator posted, "WOW! Poplar Springs is the only school within MPSD that is "successful". That's sad commentary!" Guess what? There are 2 levels above "successful" -- high performing and star.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    the trouble is the fox is in-charge of the hen house the words and all is how to get it so more money can come in rather then tossing out having internet in every inch of the schools.. all the pc books and failed teaching ideas get back to basics.. school is a place to learn not show off your clothes. show off the newest cell phone.. and not 2 2=8 because it feels right to me.. all the head-start programs all this and still isnt right so why is it there eating tax payer money.. just another way to get money like i said toss all of it go back to old ways that worked..
  • by Fire Mr. Kent Location: Meridian on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    I really hope that the previous posters are not products of the Meridian Public School District. With few exceptions, the level of education is quite apparent. Most of them won't even understand my previous sentence. The problem is one thing and one thing only....discipline. Without that in the schools no other issues will ever be fully or successfully addressed. Kent and the board are clueless. How many times has Kent even been in the schools this year? I'd be willing to bet you could count them on one hand. Worse than that, even if he had been in the schools more often, it would not matter. He would do nothing to change the situation for the better. He does not care about our school system. He cares about a paycheck. I would lower his base salary and give him a "performance bonus" base strictly on the performance of all the schools he's responsible for. Unless it affects him (or his wallet) directly, why would he even care to try to fix anything. The whole situation is ridiculous.
  • by Soon to be teacher Location: Meridian on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Maybe Loretta should stop telling the teachers to go back to school to learn more & do that herself... just a thought considering the lack of correct grammar she uses in all her posts. Can't really judge other people Loretta when you lack the same skills you are expecting of them.
  • by My take Location: Meridian, MS on Dec 9, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    If I ran things . . . by 9th grade, students who are not performing at a passing level (D average) would be encouraged to pursue a vocational path . . . if they wanted to continue with regular classes they would be allowed to . . . however, in 10th grade they would have to perform above a D level the entire year or begin taking vocational classes. This would guarantee more serious students in junior and senior classes which would also probably increase the number of advanced placement classes (due to students being more focused). As for the vocational students they would have anywhere from 2 to 3 full years of vocational school before going into the workforce, which would lead to them being more/better prepared. Through this separation . . . college-bound students are allowed to focus more on college prep material and vocational students are allowed to gain the necessary knowledge and marketable skills that will allow them to transition into a career or further training if interested.
  • by Jay Location: Meridian on Dec 9, 2009 at 01:53 AM
    I feel that teachers parents and especally the administation could put forth more of an effort twords improving education. But, in the end the people who trully have the responsability are the students themselves. People don't give there kids enough credit. They are more mature and understand of the situation than most people relise. They just don't care. Like a lot of people in the US they have decided to do the minamum. Why? you ask because there is no strive to exalance any more not from teachers not from parents not form anyone. That is why our once great nation is losing its domonace as the global power nobody is trying to be the best we just want to do whats needed then go home. and that is why I'm moving to India. catch ya on the flip side.
  • by Mrs. Bennett Location: Meridian on Dec 8, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    If you guys need someone to go inside the school system to keep these kids up on their toes, make home visits etc.I will love to have the job,but we need to talk about a pay rate. You can give me a call Mr. Kent or Mayor Barry or email me at
  • by Loretta Bennett Location: Meridian on Dec 8, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    I have the master plan to solve all of this failing going on inside the meridian public school system,Acourse the parents need to get involved with their kids studying etc.,but another issuses is these young ghettofabalous young teachers with this nasty attitude. I say, bring the old teachers back,because they show their concerns & they are also willing to help these kids learn. We need more teachers like MRS.IVY over there at WESTEND HARRIS ELEM.She is very concern about those young kids learning ability(ask me how I know!!??) because she stayed calling me & coming by my house last year when she taught my daughter Myneshia & My daughter been making honor roll every since she been at that school. Last but not least, some of these teachers just don't know how to teach. Maybe they should go back to school to learn more.
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Dec 8, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    Yes, several fights broke out at MHS last week,but there wasnt no tasers use on anybody. If you that concern about the kids- Maybe you should get off your sorry tale & go to the next meeting Mr. Anonymous
  • by concerned citizen Location: meridian on Dec 8, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    The behavior of disruptive students needs to be addressed in this district. Teachers cannot do it all and need administrators, parents and community support. Students who want to learn need to have a stress free environment so they can get the education they deserve. More alternative placements should be made available. Send the right message to disruptive students that this district is not going to tolerate the educational process being interupted. Then you will get your scores up! Our children should not feel afraid to go to school. That is why most of the good students have already left the district and will continue to leave if something is not done.
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