A modest proposal
(This letter was originally addressed to the Re-1 school board.)Dear Editor: Thank you for the invitation to participate in the Community Leaders Focus Group. We appreciate your willingness to include us, and we are happy to accept that invitation.We all know that broad community support for our schools is a huge asset. Making sure that the community values the process by which the superintendent is hired is critical. Creating community focus groups to help define the qualifications of the new superintendent is a great first step. As a multicultural, grassroots organization, the Stepstone Center is in an ideal position to help this effort further. We are committed to creating a diverse committee representing the demographics of the Re-1 District. This committee will elect two representatives to participate in the search process. These representatives will bring an understanding of diverse cultural issues to this critical decision. A national search is also essential to gain the community’s support for the hiring process. Therefore we ask the school board to enter the following motion at the Oct. 26 school board meeting:”The Stepstone Center will form a multicultural committee [including members from Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood], which will democratically elect two representatives to serve on the search committee. These representatives will be part of the process of formulating questions, the interview process and the hiring process. The hiring process will include a national search.”Thank you in advance for responding to our request. Your positive response will solidify the community’s confidence in your cultural sensitivity and awareness.Mariana Velazquez-SchmahlStepstone CenterCarbondale
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