"We are able to say that the Meridian Public School District is successful," said superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor.
The new rankings out from the Mississippi Department of Education show that the Meridian Public School District as a whole improved from a low performing to a successful district, earning the new grade of 'C.' The 13 point QDI increase shows Taylor that the rich legacy of the district is still present; he says it was just hidden.
"I was always told when I got here that Meridian Public School District used to be one of the highest performing school districts in the state," says Taylor. "Well, this just shows me that that talent, the character of the school district is still here; it was just latent."
Five of the ten schools earned a C or better, but three schools got Ds and two got Fs, or low performing marks.
While all schools did increase their QDI scores, Dr. Taylor is urging parents to keep encouraging their students.
"We just ask the parents to keep supporting the teachers, keep supporting the principals, and help us to encourage the students to do their work at school and at home and all of our schools will become successful," Taylor said.
Dr. Taylor says the district is on the right track.
"We brought in a culture where we put the needs of the children first, and any time a school district puts the children first, you can be successful," he said.
Newscenter 11 will have reaction to the new ratings from three principals in the district over the weekend.