Earlier this month, a student at Frank Ward Strong School experienced what her mother described as “beyond severe racism” in a Facebook post.
At the Wednesday, Sept. 11 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Veronesi addressed the issue.
“We unfortunately have had a situation involving racism, and, again, I have to compliment our collective staff for having protocols, procedures and remaining student-centered at all times,” Veronesi said.
Veronesi met with several other school administrators to discuss a response. One idea was to hold a focus group at Strong School this fall to allow students to talk about their experience with diversity and inclusion at school.
The district plans to hire “two certified and two support staff members of color” for the 2020 school year and is looking into including stipends in the teachers’ contract for “an equity and well being leader at each school,” Veronesi said.
A cultural competency class for high schoolers as well as increased education for faculty and staff members also was proposed.