The importance of equity, diversity and inclusion was a focal point of the March 18 School Board meeting. The meeting began with comments by Board Chair Tim Klein affirming the School Board’s commitment to the ongoing work taking place at the district and school levels to ensure that “we embrace the value of diversity and make all of our students and families feel welcome and included.” Read his full comments here.

Following open forum comments by community members about the importance of inclusion, Assistant Superintendent Amy LaDue outlined the district’s work to develop a more coordinated commitment to equity. LaDue detailed plans being carried out, including: the process of equity plans at each school, an equity audit of our district, a plan to diversify our staff, and engagement in ongoing efforts to create and maintain environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive. The goal is to continue engaging in discussions and proactively working together as a community to demonstrate that we are a caring, compassionate community. Read about the district’s equity work here.

The Board meeting closed with comments by Superintendent Clint Christopher, which concluded as follows, “As a district, we still have a lot of work to do in our journey to be more equitable and inclusive. This work is challenging, and many difficult conversations will happen in the future. We are committed to this work. All of the planning, training and prioritizing will make us a better school district – a district that has a deeper respect, understanding and appreciation for diversity, a district that embraces inclusion and a district that fosters inclusion.” Read his full comments here.

The district will host a community conversation on Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Clover Ridge Elementary to continue to gather input from students, families and the community at-large about the vision and framework for this important work.