According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, construction has started for Franklin and McKnight elementary schools. The work will be done on evenings and weekends.
The annual “back to school” report Aug. 26, a report made more complicated by changes brought on by COVID-19, was also discussed.
- All open houses will be virtual.
- Redeployment of older iPads so students have devices.
- Purchase of 288 voice amplification devices so students can hear the teachers better.
- A help desk that is open from 6:30am to 4:30pm for technical issues
- William McGahee from NASH and Carla Hudson from McKnight Elemetnary will serve as assistant principals.
- Jason Harding from NAI will serve as assistant principal for the cyber academy and IMS.
- Jenn Fraser will serve as assistant principal at CMS and NAI.
- Matt Buchak will serve as assistant principal for NASH and MMS.
- John Morey moved from IMS to the NAI to serve as assistant principal.
- MMS and McKnight Elementary will lose their assistant principals.
- Removed the ban from alcohol-based hand santizers.
According to Post-Gazette writer Sandy Trozzo, resident Margaret Irwin told the board she took issue with an anti-racism statement on the district’s website.
The short statement says that the district “stands in solidarity with our black and brown students, families, and staff members. We are committed to diversity, anti-racism, and positive support for our school community.” The statement also notes that the district has not done enough to “build an inclusive community” and it will continue to work on promoting “positive, systemic change in our changing world.”
During recent meetings, current students and alumni spoke about incidents of racism they encountered in school. The students formed NA for Change, which advocates for an anti-racist society and justice for Black people killed by police.
Ms. Irwin said that NA for Change associates with the Black Lives Matter movement and that the reading materials recommended are “highly biased and promote a racist perspective.”
“Such a partnership I don’t think would be in the best interest of the students in the community,” she said. “The board should not accede to any of these NA for Change demands.”