• The Highland Central School District Board of Education is seeking applicants for its new Climate & Culture/Racial Equity Committee, which is an ad-hoc advisory committee made up of representatives from various stakeholder groups within our school community. The committee will meet monthly beginning November 17 and members will also devote additional time throughout the month for research and reflection. Committee members will include:

    • Up to one (1) BOE member and one (1) alternate BOE member
    • 4 community at large members (including 1 recent graduate from the last 3 years)
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle, and 1 High School parent
    • 1 Middle and 1 High School student
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle, and 1 High School instructional staff member
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle, and 1 High School non-instructional staff member
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle, and 1 High School administrator
    • 1 Central Office administrator
    • Superintendent as ex-officio member

    HCSD strives to foster an environment of inclusivity for all students and members of the school community. Our goal is to build a district in which all students feel they belong, regardless of their actual or perceived color, disability, economic status, ethnic group, gender, national origin, race, religion, religious practice, sex, sexual orientation, or weight. The committee's initial charge is to evaluate and support the District’s evolving Racial Equity Initiative, with a strong focus on school climate, curriculum, and teacher diversity. 

    Those interested in serving on this committee must complete the attached membership application and return it to the District Clerk (please do not copy anyone else on the submission) on or before Wednesday, November 4. Submission instructions are located on the application.

    To ensure anonymity throughout the selection process, the applicant's identity (name, address and phone number) will be removed before the membership application is shared with the Board of Education for consideration. Priority will be given to applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities and those who demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and social justice work.

    The committee will play a critical role in shaping the climate and culture fostered within our school buildings and create a lasting effect on our students and their relationships with each other and the world around them. This is important and meaningful work and all those with an interest are encouraged to apply. 

     

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    About the Climate & Culture/Racial Equity Committee

     

    The Highland Central School District Board of Education shall create the following committee in accordance with Board Policy #2330.  “Committees of the Board”: Climate & Culture/Racial Equity Committee.  The committee is an ad-hoc advisory committee and cannot make legal decisions for the Board of Education.

     

    Rationale

    Highland Central School District strives to foster an environment of inclusivity for all students and members of the HCSD community.  Our goal is to build a district in which all students feel they belong, regardless of their actual or perceived color, disability, economic status, ethnic group, gender, national origin, race, religion, religious practice, sex, sexual orientation, or weight.

     

    Initial Charge 

    The Climate & Culture/Racial Equity Committee shall evaluate and support the District’s evolving Racial Equity Initiative in accordance with the District’s Vision and in accordance with the Board of Education’s purview and legal authority.

     

    Three Initial Priorities

    • School Climate – create a school climate that ensures all students feel that they belong
    • Curriculum – evaluate and update the curriculum to ensure that it adequately reflects the diversity of our global community
    • Teacher Diversity – recruit and retain a more diverse teaching staff

     

    The committee’s scope is not limited to these priority items, but should stay faithful to the District’s Vision and rationale that drove the Committee’s creation.  The committee is not empowered to recommend changes to the District’s existing governance structure, which is defined by law.

     

    Membership

    • Up to one (1) BOE member and one (1) alternate BOE member
    • 4 community at large members (including 1 recent graduate from the last 3 years)
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle, and 1 High School parent
    • 1 Middle and 1 High School student
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle , and 1 High School instructional staff member
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle , and 1 High School non-instructional staff member
    • 1 Elementary, 1 Middle , and 1 High School administrator
    • 1 Central Office Administrator
    • Superintendent as ex-officio member

      

    Membership selection and process

    • BOE Members
      • Appointed by the President of BOE
    • Community members
      • Appointed by the BOE
      • Community members may apply via a short questionnaire and may also add a letter of interest if they choose
      • Priority will be given to applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities and those who demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and social justice work
    • Students
      • Appointed by the BOE
      • Students may apply via a short questionnaire and may also add a letter of interest if they choose
      • Priority will be given to applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities and those who demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and social justice work
    • HCSD Instructional Staff
      • Appointed by the BOE
      • Staff may apply via a short questionnaire and may also add a letter of interest if they choose
      • Priority will be given to applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities and those who demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and social justice work
    • HCSD Non-Instructional Staff
      • Appointed by the BOE
      • Staff may apply via a short questionnaire and may also add a letter of interest if they choose
      • Priority will be given to applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities and those who demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and social justice work
    • HCSD Administrators
      • Appointed by the BOE
      • Each building will be represented by 1 administrator

     

    Questionnaires and letters of interest should be sent only to the District Clerk.  The District Clerk will anonymize the applications before they are reviewed by the BOE.  The selected members will be kept anonymous until disclosed at a public meeting.

     

    Membership Terms

    • The initial membership term will be for the 2020-2021 school year (November 2020 – June 2021)

     

    Meeting Calendar 

    TBD @ 1st meeting:  Tuesday, November 17, 2020