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Board elects new officers during March 25, 2024, regular meeting

Monday, March 25, 2024 | Meridian, MS | Meridian High School

The Meridian Public School District Board of Trustees met in the Meridian High School multipurpose building on Monday, March 25, 2024, for the regular monthly meeting of the MPSD Board of Trustees. The meeting began with the Pledge Of Allegiance and the adoption of the agenda. After that, the board elected the following officers: Beverly Pennington, President; Ron Turner, Sr., Vice President; and Gwendolyn Hardaway, Board Secretary.

2024 Board Officers

Meeting minutes from Tuesday, February 20, 2024, and Wednesday, February 28, 2024, were approved as presented.


Academic Recognitions

During academic recognitions, MPSD Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter and members of the Board of Trustees recognized the Meridian High School Beta Club State Competition winners, the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center DECA District and State Winners, Educators Rising Winners, Regional Science Fair Winners, and the PREPS Achievement and Growth Award Winners.

Meridian High School Beta Club

2024 MHS Beta Club

Ross Collins DECA Members

Ross Collins DECA Members

Ross Collins Educators Rising Members

Ross Collins Educators Rising Members

2024 Regional Science Fair Winners

2024 Science Fair Winners 1

2024 Science Fair Winners 2

2023 PREPS Award Recipients

2023 PREPS Award Recipients

Athletic Recognitions

The Northwest Middle School and Meridian High School Chess teams were recognized for winning their respective divisions at the MSCA Championships in Starkville, MS.

Northwest Chess Team

2024 Northwest Chess Team

Meridian High School Chess Team

2024 MHS Chess Team

Meridian High School Boys' Basketball Team

The Meridian High School Boys’ Basketball team was recognized next for capturing the 2024 MHSAA 7A Boys’ Basketball State Championship with their 54-50 victory over Clinton on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

2024 MHS Basketball Team

Staff and Parent Recognition

Advanced Degree Recipients

March 2024 Advanced Degree Recipients

The following staff members were recognized for continuing their education and receiving advanced degrees: Yolanda Coleman, Jasmine King, Kimberly Chancelor, Chemeeka Blakney, Renata McNeil, Joanie Lewis, Pamela Glenn, Magen Chatham, Narkeeta Wesley, Londyn Thomas, and Alexis Knott.

Parents of the Year

2023-2024 MPSD Parents of the Year

Next, our parents of the year were recognized by Adrian Cross-Phillips, the MPSD Parent and Community Engagement Specialist. Congratulations to the following parents and all of our amazing parents.

Carver Elementary: Shatagia Bell, Crestwood Elementary: Leigh Ann Lewis, Parkview Elementary: Yolanda Rush, Poplar Springs Elementary: Nancy Walton, West Hills Elementary: Dorothy Richards, Magnolia Middle: Lavise Brewster,  Northwest Middle: Veronica Lake, and Meridian High School: Victoria Liddell

Community Recognition

Meridian Ladies First Civitan Community Recognition

Meridian Ladies First Civitan Club

The Meridian First Ladies Civitan Club presented with the Community Partner Certificate from MPSD Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter during our Community Partner Spotlight. The Meridian First Ladies Civitan Club recently made a donation to the Exceptional Education Department to assist with their upcoming Sneaker Ball. Thank you for your support of MPSD!

Superintendent's Report

Meridian High School Principal Angela McQuarley gave an update on Meridian High School. Following the update on MHS, Tim Boutwell, MPSD Director of Technology, spoke to the board about the district’s technology initiatives.

Action Items

The Board of Trustees approved the following during the meeting:

  • A one-year lease extension of the Food Service Department office building located at 2401 B Street. The monthly cost will be $1,500. (Goal 2)
  • A contract with Mitchell Signs to perform the work associated with installing a new scoreboard and “Jumbotron” style video board a Ray Stadium at Meridian High School. Cost of the project is $536,500 and will be funded by district funds. (Goal 2)
  • Accepted the bid of McLain Plumbing and Electrical Service, Inc. for the ESSER 3 Project to replace the cooling tower for the HVAC system at Carver Elementary School. McLain Plumbing is recommended by the project’s prime engineers Carter, Miller, Sansing and Associates. Total cost of the project is $388,000 and will be funded with ESSER 3. (Goal 2)
  • Approved the architect’s recommendation for a project to replace the artificial turf in Ray Stadium. The existing turf is 8+ years old and at the end of its lifespan. (Goal 2)

New Business

The Board of Trustees adopted the 2024-2025 MPSD Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar during new business.

The next Regular Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. at Crestwood Elementary School, located at 730 Crestwood Drive.