A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the third week of our 4th Quarter, has certainly been eventful. On Tuesday, we continued implementing our phased reopening plan by welcoming our students in grades 6, 9, and 12 back into our buildings for in-person instructional options. Next week, we look forward to welcoming back our students from the remaining secondary grades.
Throughout this week, our community, state, and nation have experienced a range of emotions related to the ongoing injustice pandemic. While the outcome of the Chauvin trial brought a sense of relief and hopes of long-awaited justice for many, our nation remains divided over recognizing the human dignity of all people. Our district, however, remains resolute about the potential for continued engagement to bring about greater understanding of the elements needed to elevate human decency. The ideals of our Strategic Framework and Core Values provide a needed compass for our journey to value every member of our community regardless of their race, gender, transgender status, home language, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, or disability status.
Our national conversations about injustice are mirrored by district dialogues about eliminating disparities and accelerating learning for all students. For example, during Wednesday’s Title VI Parent Committee meeting, rich dialogues spanned topics such as: culturally respectful titles; recruiting and retaining diverse staff; land acknowledgement; and Act 31 professional development. These conversations yielded useful insights which will help refine our efforts to ensure all our schools are places where all students, staff, and families thrive. Even the statements shared, which highlighted portions of our district’s culture not matching the rhetoric of our ideals, provided valuable reflection on how our district might use an equity lens to narrow the gap between excellence and non-excellence.
Thanks for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.