Green BOE discusses diversity issue related to school event
GREEN – The Green Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) discussed a diversity issue and addressed current issues on February 28.
School officials held a minute’s silence before the start of the meeting for Molly Kapeluck, 56, a former Green City Council clerk, who died on February 25.
Referring to an event held Feb. 25 at Green High School to celebrate cultural diversity, principal Cindy Brown said the occasion was meant to ‘share and give time’ for Black History Month. , with “soul food” offered to students, but some students did. do not understand the problems of insensitivity associated with the food offered.
Green Local Schools posted a statement regarding the event on the district’s Facebook page, which is provided here in part: “One of the many ways diversity and inclusion is celebrated [in the district] is through the work of two groups of students: All In and Chain Reaction. … The objective of [these groups] is to promote awareness and appreciation for all students, regardless of their diverse needs, economic status, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural background.
“In 2017, eight of the African American students in the Green Local School District came up with the idea of a Soul Food Fest as part of the district’s celebration of diversity. …
“The students who lead the groups plan the menu for the event each year while learning about the often difficult historical contexts of the dishes they choose and incorporating the history of both traditional and non-traditional food dishes.
“The Soul Food Fest was not prepared or provided by Green Local School District food service staff or served to the student body at large. The Soul Food Fest was held in Green High School’s library during lunch hours. …Students who chose to attend prepared side dishes to enjoy with their classmates and shared selected family recipes and cooking tips.
Superintendent Jeffrey Miller told the BOE meeting that a meeting held Feb. 28 with community members, parents and staff led to “a lot of learning, a lot of understanding and a lot of compassion about the way forward”. [on this issue]“said Miller.
Tiron Jester, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Coach for Green Local Schools, also attended the meeting.
“There was heart-to-heart listening, showing empathy,” he said of the attendees.
“In this school district, we are committed to trying to honor the uniqueness of our individuals here while embracing diverse cultural backgrounds,” Miller said. “The goal is to create a welcoming environment for all of our children in local green schools.”
Also during the meeting, the board approved a contract with Final Forms to implement software at an annual cost of $20,428, including an installation fee of $3,000. Final forms will be used to collect new student registrations, emergency medical forms, and sports information.
Treasurer Eydie Snowberger said the program would be easier for parents and staff to use because it pre-populates information and allows sports teams to communicate with each other.
In financial matters, the board approved a one-year contract with UpSlope Solutions for risk management services at a cost of $10,399.
“The more everyone is together to have conversations to be consistent, it’s better for everyone,” Miller said, adding that the program comes with training.
During other business, the board approved:
• accept the retirement of Conrad Currey, math teacher at Green Middle School; Denise Holland, secretary to the district treasurer; and Katherine Cundiff, athletic secretary; as well as the resignation of three classified employees:
• the employment of 12 people for various positions;
• continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the next school year;
• accepting donations of $4,223 from LifeTouch to Green Middle School and $2,000 from DeHoff Realtors for the Spirit Bus, which is used to transport students to certain sporting events;
• a contract with the law firm Peters Kalail & Markakis in Cleveland for legal services; and
• Overnight trips for the high school band, cheerleaders, and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
In addition, the board recognized:
√ Nathan Davis as November student at Greenwood Elementary School, and the following February students: Charly Arnfield, Greenwood Elementary School; Amelia Bishop, Green Middle School; Ellie Cole; green college; and Shareen Awadallah and Caleb Ensell, Green High School; and
√ The following individuals in the Spotlight on Staff program: Kimberly Hastings, Administrative Assistant at Green High School; Kate Swallow, district nurse; and Connie Raskow, Green Elementary School special education aide.
The board adjourned in executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no further action taken.
The next board meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. The meetings are also broadcast live on greenlocalschools.orgunder “School Council” and “Live Meetings”.
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