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A Message from Our Superintendent 

May 20, 2022

Board policy on non-discrimination

I wanted to address some of the concerns that I’ve seen discussed in various places since the board meeting of May 17 where a change was made to policy AC (non-discrimination) and associated policies that contained the non-discrimination language in them. Changing the language of the policies of non-discrimination does not eliminate any of the legally supported reasons for discrimination claims. Court cases have held that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal and other federal legislation makes discrimination based on pregnancy and veteran status illegal in employment decisions. This means the district must address any discrimination that is reported in these areas as well as those listed in the policy.

I do understand the concern raised during public comments that removing the language could lead to an increase in negative interactions between students. I want to stress the importance of working with building administrators to report any concerns that arise. I have full confidence that our administrators investigate every complaint thoroughly and seriously. In some instances, they hear conflicting accounts of an incident, which makes it difficult to determine exactly what occurred. Even in these cases, alleged perpetrators are made aware of proper interactions as well as possible consequences for violation. 

I want you to know that the administrators and I heard the concerns brought forward by the students, staff, parents, and community members.  We will continue to implement proactive programs that emphasize respectful fair treatment of all students in all of our schools.  We will continue to investigate all reports that we receive regarding bullying, harassment, discrimination, and unfair treatment.  We know that students must feel safe at school for learning to take place.

Dave Barker

Dave Barker
Superintendent