A Message from the Superintendent and the Board of Education
May 31, 2020
Dear East Irondequoit Families,
As the Superintendent of East Irondequoit schools, I have been deeply troubled and saddened by the ongoing injustice that continues to persist in our country. Last week started with a gross display of blatant racism in Central Park before the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Finally, in our own hometown, what began as a peaceful protest ended in violence, mayhem and destruction.
It broke my heart last night, hearing Supervisor Seeley's call for East Ridge Road businesses to close in order to protect the personal safety of their employees. Lancers are a family, and that means that a school building is our "home". Knowing what was occurring so close to the high school and all the families that live nearby, I felt compelled to reach out to you today to let you know the commitment that the East Irondequoit School District has towards battling the inequities that still plague our society.
We are a beautifully diverse community of learners, and we celebrate each other and the differences that make us special. In our six schools we teach our students the tenets of being empathetic, open minded and caring. In the last year our district has been focused on understanding how to best create a culturally responsive school system. We have investigated our own practices and will continue to dialogue and take action in the spirit of this important work.
Sadly, our students are living in a world where racism exists. It exists everywhere and our children are seeing it, hearing it and feeling it. We must work together to change this narrative. We must dismantle racism in our schools, homes and workplaces. We need to build safer communities for all of our children so that our history no longer repeats itself. On behalf of our Board of Education and myself, thank you, parents and guardians, for being an integral part of the work we have done so far. I know that we will continue to work together as one East Irondequoit community to engage in the important work of dismantling racism.
Mary E. Grow
Superintendent of School, East Irondequoit Central School District
President, East Irondequoit Board of Education