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Update from the May 20, 2024, School Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | Meridian, MS

The Meridian Public School District Board of Trustees met in the multipurpose building on the campus of Meridian High School on Monday, May 20, 2024, for the regular monthly meeting of the MPSD Board of Trustees.

The meeting began with the Pledge Of Allegiance led by Aubreon Terrell and the adoption of the meeting agenda. Meeting minutes from the Monday, April 15, 2024, and Thursday, April 25, 2024, meetings 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 Recognition

Photo of regional science fair participants

Academic recognitions began with recognizing the 22 students who participated in the regional science fair.

Organic Chemistry

Kynzli McIntosh (WH)- 2nd Place Debra Evans (CV)- 3rd place Aden Rice (CV)- 5th place

Inorganic Chemistry

Harmonie Buxton (PSE)- 4th Place Emmanuel Wells (PSE) -6th Place

Physics and Astronomy

Jayleigh Anderson (WH)- 4th Place Ethan Bailey (PSE)- 6th Place

Biomedical and Health Science

Khloe Atterberry (PSE)- 2nd place Conner Davis (CV)- 3rd place


Maziyah Ellis (CV)- 1st place Bradley Thomas (PSE) -4th place

Engineering Mechanics

Jordan Hawkins (CV)- 3rd place Michael Hasselle (PSE) - 5th place

Behavioral and Social Sciences

LaTarus Portis (CV)- 1st place Russell Walton (PSE)- 1st Place Zurie Anderson (PSE)- 4th Place

Animal Sciences

Ivan Arrington (PSE)- 3rd Place

Plant Sciences

Mason Foy (PSE)- 1st Place Derrick Houston (CV)- 1st place

Robotics and Intelligent Machines

Lucas Purdy (PSE)- 1st Place Jakiyah Terrell (CV)- 2nd place

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Geliyah Williams (PSE)- 4th Place

Accelerated Reader and MyON Recognition

Students from Carver Elementary were also recognized for their achievements in Accelerated Reader and myON. Students took 31,949  AR tests earning a total of 14,642 points this year. Carver also had 90 students reach their yearly goal, 6 classrooms join the Millionaire’s Club (1 million words read), 24 students in the 100-point club, 7 students in the 150-point club, and 2 students in the 200-point club. Students at Carver read 30,794 books on myON this year, which equals 6,321 hours of reading practice!

Athletic Recognitions

Photo of the MHS Track and Field Team members

Members of the MHS Boys and Girls Track team were recognized for their accomplishments at the MHSAA State Track and Field Championships.

Faculty and Staff Recognitions

Photo of 3rd MAAP Teachers.

During faculty and staff recognitions, several third-grade teachers were recognized for their students’ performance on the MAAP assessment.

Following that, Carver Elementary gave the Heart of the Community Award to Valerie Sherman and the Most Promising Teacher Award to Melissa Malone.

Superintendent’s Report

Photo of a student giving an update to the board.

The superintendent’s report featured Carver students giving board members and the audience an update on things taking place on the campus. Carver student Derrick Houston updated the board on the status of construction on campus. Houston noted that the new bus loop behind the school is now complete. He said that the new car rider line is still under construction and completed before the start of the 2024-2025 school year.

Student Rashaya James spoke to the board about the plan 3rd and 4th graders drafted for a NEW playground on campus. She said they’d already met with Dr. Carter and hopes that they can have a new playground built soon.

Skylar Alford was excited to share that Carver accomplished becoming a Tier 1 and Tier 2 PBIS Model site as a new school and in less than a full school year!

Zaxavier McDaniel talked to the board about Carver’s journey as a school full of leaders and their goal of becoming a Leader In Me Lighthouse School.

Jalise Herring noted that kindergartners at Carver reached 74% in Typical growth in Math and first-grade reached 50% of typical growth in reading.

The update from Carver concluded with the recognition of 3 kindergarten students that showed over 400 points of growth from the beginning of the year MKAS to the end of the year MKAS.

Channing Gordon improved by 405 points, Davarious Singleton improved by 406 points, and Jaide Roberts improved by 435 points. Kane Harris scored the highest score of 881.

Notable Items Approved:

  • The school board accepted the bid from R&J Construction for the work on the MHS Parking Lot Addition Bond Project. This addition will account for a loss of parking due to the construction of the Baseball/Softball Complex. Project Cost is $608,300 and is funded by the Bond. (Goal 2)
  • Accepted the official bid tabulation and architect’s recommendation for the bond renovations at Magnolia Middle School and Northwest Middle School. Total cost for the two projects is $13,792,000 and is bond-funded. (Goal 2)
  • Board approved the change order #1 and the certificate of substantial completion of the MHS Girls Gym ESSER Project. The change order reduces the total cost of the project to $713,000, which saves the district $75,000. (Goal 2)
  • Board approved change order #1 and the certificate of substantial completion for the Carver and Harris ESSER Project. The change order reduces the project sum to $3,028,920.41, which saves the district over $169,000. (Goal 2)
  • Board approved a construction change directive for the bond project at Carver. These changes result in a credit of $134,640 to the project. (Goal 2)

The next regular meeting of the MPSD Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, June 17, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. in the MHS Multipurpose Building, located at 2320 32nd Street.