School Board: We are ready for conversations and action
School Board: We are ready for conversations and action
Posted on 06/08/2020
June 8, 2020

Dear Central Kitsap Schools Students, Staff, Families and Community Members:

We join with our community in mourning the tragic death of George Floyd and concern over the turmoil in our nation. The events of the past weeks have been unprecedented and discouraging. However, we are encouraged by the world-wide recognition and support for needed changes to our police and justice systems so everyone is treated fairly.

We are struggling—as many of you are—with finding the right words in response. Yet we also understand that more important than saying the right thing is doing the right thing.

As a school board, we are committed to the success of each and every student in our schools. The cries for justice and reform across the country is a call for our district to look at our policies and culture to ensure change supports all voices speaking out against racism, bias and inequity in our schools. We are challenging ourselves to examine how bias and systems may be acting as barriers to student success throughout our district and we are asking why inequity exists in our schools. This is important work.

The change we seek happens one conversation at a time to move these ongoing and necessary conversations forward to action. We are ready for those conversations and we are ready for action. We stand unequivocally with our students, staff and families of color. We stand with those who wish to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion and justice today—and for generations to come.

As our Superintendent Dr. Erin Prince has shared: If not us, then who? If not now, then when? Let us stand together and make our Central Kitsap School District stronger, united, and resilient.

Be well and stay strong,

Central Kitsap School District Board of Directors
Bruce Richards, President
Jeanie Schulze, Vice President
Eric Greene, Legislative Representative
Drayton Jackson, Member
Robert MacDermid, Member