MPS Interim Superintendent on the Job

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

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."

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  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 23, 2010 at 08:06 AM
    Teachers should not have to deal with cronic habitual disruptions in the classroom. I understand that many of these students continue to disrupt after class procedures are followed and then the office referral process is followed. This means that the current policies do not work. Something needs to be done by our new superintendent and the board to get these students and their parents attention by reworking the current discipline policy and in place before school starts. Let the teachers teach in a safe and bully free classroom. Our children who go to school to learn deserve to have the teacher's attention focused on them and not having to spend their time protecting them from these out of control kids. It's hard for students to concentrate when they are concerned about some of these disrespectful, unpredictable students who become volital toward classmates and teachers for no reason. MPSD board please restore our educational environment to one that is safe.
  • by bubba Location: at meridian high on Jul 22, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    someone needs to do something but let's just wait and see. maybe hodges will put in for the job and take some of his good ole boy buddies with him and get them out of the county system. maybe mosley will apply for the job and hire hodges to come work for him and the city will have the same ole system as the county. yes i do have children in the county system and have had some in the city system and was told by one that she would never want to step foot back in the city system.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    This man is an INTERIM, who was hired because half the finalists from the initial applicant pool BACKED OUT of the selection process. That is why people are not commenting much. If he were PERMANENT, it would be a much different situation. The board needed someone in charge while they try again to get decent candidates. Really qualified people don't grow on trees, regardless of their skin color.
  • by Support educators Location: Meridian on Jul 22, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Ken, you are right our teachers need the support of administration so they can teach. They spend the majority of the time trying to get disruptive students on task. It is time someone gets the message out that our schools are for learning. Everytime a student disrupts a class that is time away from instruction and interupts the learning for students who come to school to get their education. I hope the new adminstration is at least here to help correct this problem and get across to parents of disruptive students that a no tolerance policy is going to be adopted and inforced from now on. Hopefully this will be high priority on the agenda for the superintendent and our school board at the beginning of this school term. No one can focus on what is necessary when they are concerned about safety. Safety is on Maslow's heiarchy of needs and until basic needs are taken care of one cannot move to higher levels of learning. Please help educators by protecting the learning environment.
  • by Reporter Location: Meridian on Jul 22, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    Someone please tell Rachel Alig when you say "Quote" you have to eventually say "End Quote"... Reporter 101.
  • by Shirley on Jul 22, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    Hmm, It strange that when the last superintendent took over there were a lot more comments. Guess we got the right one for the people of meridian this time.
  • by Ken Location: Meridian on Jul 21, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    Good Luck...Teachers are able to teach only when class rooms are well behaved and 60% of the period is not focused on gaining control over unruly students. Force the student body to control themselves or get them out of the system period. Then test scores will go way up, teaching will be much easier and better received by those students that actually want an education vs those who cause trouble every day they are in school. Its not the teachers that are at fault here for past issues...its the leadership allowing students to rule the teachers instead of the other way around.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 21, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    I wish him the best of luck. I would NOT want that job.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 21, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    I have every confidence that Dr. McCoy will look at every facet of the MDE report and begin to work with Mr. Hubbard and his assistant administrators at MHS to begin the task of making needed and necessary corrections. I also hope the rest of the community will step up and support ALL of the efforts to get things back under control and headed in the right direction.
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