MPSD board discusses improvement

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian School Board held a special called meeting Thursday to discuss improvements for the upcoming school year.

A big topic of discussion was IReady programs, an online learning tool for students. Board member Gary Houston said he's seen firsthand what it can accomplish.

“The innovation of where we are and what we can accomplish is really exciting to us," Houston said. "There’s just a lot of good things we believe are going to happen this school year.”

Several employees with the district announced academic improvement in areas like standardized testing and classroom performance. This comes after four Meridian public schools received a grade of ‘F’ for the 2017-2018 school year.

Educator Melody Craft said she believes the programs that students used this past school year have been helpful to both students and teachers.

“These programs offer teachers the opportunities to intervene where students have deficit but also offer enrichment for those students that are high-performing," Craft said.

Houston said employees have been training this summer and he expects to hear even more good news about the district's performance in the future.

“We’re on task for great improvements this year," Houston said. "We’ve got some great people with a lot of energy and I’m excited because we have staff who are coming back from great training throughout the summer.”

Reports for the 2018-2019 school year are expected to be reported to the district in September.