Dr. Randy McCoy officially began his role as interim superintendent. He spent his first day touring the district facilities, meeting with administration and other staff, and introducing himself to the school community.
"I have spent the entire day just meeting principals, assistant principals, secretaries, central office staff, just getting out to the buildings to let them know I'm here and introducing myself," said McCoy.
Dr. McCoy says he is excited to be here. He knows there are challenges that the district faces.
An evaluation report recently released by the Mississippi Department of Education describes some of those challenges. Supervision of students was a major challenge at Meridian High School, grades ten through twelve.
The report also highlights weak curriculum. It states, 'Instruction reflects a lack of rigor and a lack of high expectations for students.' Dr. McCoy said he's hopeful this changes.
"And I will be working with the administrator of that building to look at the rigor within our curriculum, working with our in-district curriculum people," said McCoy. "It gives us the opportunity now to develop a plan to specifically address the items that were listed in that report."
Dr. McCoy has 37 years of educational experience. He was superintendent in various school districts for 20 of those years. During that time he has made it a point to set specific goals. He has already done so for the Meridian Public School District.
"And it is certainly my goal is to put the strongest teacher in front of the students every day," said McCoy. "Because those are the ones who have the most impact, are the teachers teaching the children."