In light of the tragic events impacting our country, state, and local community, alumni and community, stakeholders within the Maine-Endwell Central School District have shared their feelings regarding the need for focused education and training on diversity and inclusion within our existing curriculum and programming.
While these awful incidents have found national awareness, we also recognize that acts of discrimination, violence, and hatred play out every day across our country and our globe. If we want to effect change, we must play a role.
As a District, we feel it is important to address concerns in a thoughtful manner respecting all opinions and viewpoints.
Our core beliefs reflect this.
• Students are our first priority, and we always make decisions in their best interest.
• Every student can learn and achieve success.
• We act with integrity, value diversity and preserve the dignity of each person.
• We promote and support innovation.
• A positive, risk-free and safe environment is essential for learning.
• We are a community of leaders who exemplify strong character.
• We value collaboration, community partnerships and shared decision-making.
• We always pursue excellence.
As we work through this process of self-reflection and review, I am thankful we have identified ‘valuing diversity and preserving the dignity of each person’ as a core belief of our mission and vision.
We will engage our entire school community for thoughtful dialogue around this topic. This work is not easy. We must be proactive and willing to make systemic changes even if difficult conversations are required. We must move forward with open-mindedness and intention.
Jason Van Fossen