Dear MSD of Lawrence Township Staff & Families:
In light of recent events in our country, we recognize that staff and students are hurting. We need to stand together, help each other, love one another, and most importantly, take action. The MSD of Lawrence Township has a long and proud history of advocating for and living a culture of racial and social justice. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and our students and staff reflect the excellence that come alongside a diverse working and learning community. You may not be aware that our school district was the first to employ an African American Superintendent in 1982. Dr. Percy Clark served in that capacity until 1996. Dr. Smith currently serves as the second in our school corporation and is currently the only African American male superintendent in the state of Indiana. We remain committed to a culture of racial and social justice in our schools and adhere to a strict human dignity policy as a school corporation. Please take time to read it in its entirely as it represents our guiding principles:
The Board believes it is part of our mission to provide a positive, orderly and harmonious environment in which respect for the dignity and worth of every member of the school community is recognized and promoted. The Board believes that all employees, parents/guardians and students are entitled to be treated, and are obligated to treat others with courtesy, fairness and decency. Only through the commitment and ongoing attention of each of us to a safe, caring and supportive atmosphere can we expect to achieve our objective of enabling all of our students to achieve their maximum potential as students, citizens and productive members of society.
Lawrence Township has a diverse, multicultural school community, a fact the Board considers an asset and a source of pride and enrichment. This diversity, however, underscores the importance of sensitivity to the backgrounds, feelings, and concerns of students and community members and of meeting the moral imperative of an equal opportunity society free of prejudice and discrimination. Accordingly, in this Corporation, any statement or behavior by any member of the school community which insults, degrades, harasses or stereotypes any other person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity is unacceptable.
Our school district celebrates diversity in action. A commitment to leadership reflecting the diversity of our community and a commitment to having the crucial conversations that both uphold our human dignity policy and elicit positive change in our school community.
Yours in Education,
|Dr. Shawn A. Smith
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Reginald McGregor, Board of Education President
Mrs. Wendy Muston, Board of Education Vice President
Mrs. Carol Helmus, Board of Education Secretary
Mr. Richard Freije, Jr., Board of Education Member
Mrs. Crystal Puckett, Board of Education Member