School Board asked to do more for minorities
At the Monday night school board meeting, parent Stephanie Bolman Altamirano addressed the board about the significance of the recent events surrounding George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and the ensuing protests, and how those events could effect the future equity and educational opportunities for students in the Chamberlain School District.
According to Altamirano, the district has made strides and cited the formation of the Diversity Committee and the Indian Education grant, however the board needs to do more in addressing the needs of the minorities who attend school in Chamberlain. She cited low test scores, bullying, limited busing and the Honor Song controversy as all issues the board should address with more interest. Altamirano stated that those failure’s have created a toxic environment in the district.
“Let us indeed be fair and equitable,” said Altamirano, “we are interested in the facts and we need you to listen and act.”
Dr. Johnson provided an update on summer programs and activities. The weightlifting program, CUB Power, has begun with several precautionary measures such as temperature checks and daily health questioning. The extended school year is also underway with similar protocols. Driver’s Education is going well according to Johnson, with social distancing being used during the classroom portion. Summer school in Fort Thompson has presented a problem as they don’t have access to the building there as well as a shortage of staff. The possibility of bringing the students to the Chamberlain school buildings to hold summer school is a possibility.
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