Jennifer Ortega

About Jennifer Ortega

Reporter and Fill-in Anchor on the weekends. Jennifer Ortega joins our team all the way from South Florida. She's worked for CBS 12 and Hola Tv in West Palm Beach. Although she's a long way from home, she's excited to be a part of the WCBI News Team.

No Action Taken On Superintendent Liddell

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) -A series of articles in the Commercial Dispatch in Columbus during the last three months have raised doubts about the administration at Columbus City Schools.

Rumors have been circulating today about Superintendent Martha Liddell.
Dozens of people showed up to show their support the Superintendent. After 3 and a half hours in executive session, the Columbus School Board concluded their meeting taking no action. Some parents say they are focusing on the wrong things.

“I think we need to focus back in on the school district. I’m here as a concerned parent and I have children in the school district and I really don’t appreciate what’s going on especially by the news papers and press. I think we need to look at what we can do for the betterment of our children,” said parent Kamal Karriem.

Liddell is under pressure from some board members who say a series of missteps have hurt her ability to lead and harmed the district’s image with the public.

Disclosures about the number of days she’s traveled and those costs, problems with improper days off for school custodians and maintenance personnel and other issues have put the spotlight on the superintendent, who makes almost 160 thousand dollars a year and is in the second year of a three-year contract.