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Updates from the April 2024 MPSD School Board Meeting

Crestwood Student leaders with Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter.


Meridian, MS | April 16, 2024


The Meridian Public School District Board of Trustees met at Crestwood Elementary School on Monday, April 15, 2024, for the regular monthly meeting of the MPSD Board of Trustees.

The meeting began with the Pledge Of Allegiance led by students from Crestwood Elementary School and adoption of the meeting agenda. 

Meeting minutes from the Monday, March 25, 2024, meeting were approved as presented.

We were able to recognize so many students, teachers and coaches for their amazing accomplishments during the monthly recognition portion of the board meeting.

Academic Recognitions

Parkview Beta Club Members with Dr. Amy Carter.

Pictured with MPSD Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter are two members of the Parkview Elementary Beta Club.

Parkview Elementary Beta Club
The Parkview Elementary Beta Club was recognized for their participation in the Elementary Beta Club State Conference. Twelve students, along with the Parkview Beta Club sponsors, attended the conference where the students were able to participate in many different categories of events ranging from sculpture, math, science, social studies, and spelling. Fifth-grader Ja’leah Wright won first place in the sculpture category for her work.

Paper Fall Focus Contest 

Pictured are reps from Carver, West Hills and Parkview Elementary with Janet Fortner, Director of Curriculum.

Pictured are representatives from Carver, West Hills, and Parkview Elementary with Janet Fortner, Director of Curriculum.

The Meridian Public School District placed third nationally in Paper’s Fall Focus Contest competing against some of the largest schools in the country.  The top performing schools are Parkview Elementary with 25,458 minutes, West Hills Elementary with 25,156 minutes, and G.W. Carver Elementary with 21,019 minutes of use during the contest. MPSD received a $1,000 prize for placing 3rd nationally. Paper is a FREE tutoring resource provided by MDE that allows students to receive 24/7 tutoring from fully vetted tutors.

Our District Reads
Top 3 Schools
Three schools were recognized for having the highest number of books read at this point in the school year. Congratulations to the following schools.
1. West Hills Elementary School- 24,258 books read
2. G.W. Carver Elementary School- 23,409 books read
3. Poplar Springs Elementary School- 21,048 books read

For the school year, MPSD schools have read 104,970 books, which equates to 320,604,254 words for an average of 22 minutes a day for an individual student.

Athletic Recognition
MHS Powerlifting

The MHS Powerlifting Team.
The Meridian High School Boys and Girls Powerlifting teams competed in the MHSAA State Championships on Friday, April 6-Saturday, April 7, 2024, at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, MS, and they were recognized at the board meeting on April 15, 2024.

Junior Dane Hill won first place in the 198lb. Weight Class lifting a total of 1,540 pounds for the meet. Junior Ethan Wright placed second in the 148lb. Weight Class lifting 1,185 pounds for the meet. Lady Wildcat Charlise Payne took home 3rd place in the Girls' 114lb. Weight Class lifting 625 pounds for the meet.

Staff Recognition
W.I.N. Time and Reteach Wednesday

WIN Time and Reteach Wednesday Photo

The following educators were recognized for W.I.N. Time and Reteach Wednesday: Brenda Washington, Ashley Yudt (not pictured), and Deja Price.

Crestwood’s Teacher and Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to Erika Anderson and Jamal Roberts for being named the Teacher of the Month and Staff Member of the Month at Crestwood Elementary School.

Community Partner Recognition

April Community Partner Recognition.
Thank you to Community Partner Agape Storehouse Apostolic Church, and Pastor John and Linda Willis for donating a washer and dryer to George Washington Carver Elementary School. We appreciate your support of Carver and MPSD!

Superintendent’s Report

Students from Crestwood present during the April Board Meeting.
Students from Crestwood Elementary updated the board on the things taking place at the school. Janet Fortner, Director of Curriculum, Steven Shadwick, Director of Assessment, and Kim Bailey, MPSD Early Literacy Coordinator gave a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Update to the board during the Superintendent’s Report.

Notable Items approved

  • The Board approved two change order proposals for the Crestwood Roofing project. Change Order #1 addresses insulation that needs to be replaced. Change Order #2 addresses damaged and inadequate drain piping for the roof system. The two change orders increase the project sum from $443,000 to $475,922. (Goal 2)
  • The Board approved a contract with ACT Global for the removal and disposal of the current turf and installation of new turf at Ray Stadium. Total Cost for the project is $369,836. The project is being funded with district funds. (Goal 2)
  • The Board approved a contract with McLain Plumbing and Electrical Inc. for the bid to replace the cooling tower for the HVAC system at G.W. Carver Elementary School. Cost for the project is $388,000 and is funded by ESSER 3. (Goal 2)
  • The Board accepted the bid of Independent Roofing Systems for the ESSER 3 project to repair excessive damage to the insulation at Ross Collins Career and Technical Center. The rebid process addresses these issues by removing and replacing all the roofing system. Independent Roofing Systems is recommended by the engineers and is based on lowest construction time and second-lowest total bid price. Total cost is $559,400 and is being funded by ESSER 3. (Goal 2)

The next Regular Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. at the MHS Multipurpose Building at 2320 32nd Street, Meridian, MS, 39305.