Growing Greatness Together is our district’s vision. But, we have not arrived. We have work to do.
We have seen an uptick in the number of racially and culturally insensitive comments in our schools and community. Sometimes these are said out of genuine ignorance. As a district, we want to be very clear, racial slurs or any behavior that discriminates against others are NOT acceptable. When adults act in a way that is not in line with our values, we lose trust. In our district we take corrective action to address these situations, but we need to do more. We will continue to invest in training and resources on culturally proficient practices for administrators, educators and classified staff members that lift up our district’s values. We must ensure that ALL Mason City Schools’ students are welcomed, valued and cared for while at school.
Last Friday, author Wil Haygood addressed our district’s educators with a powerful message — “Right is Right.” Now is the time for us to be courageous and have explicit conversations about racism, sexism, and other discrimination that threaten our greatness. Everyone has the responsibility to act when we see issues in our schools and community.
We will continue to engage our community so that we are all working to enhance the climate in our schools. We are best when we bring out the best in each other. Let’s work together, hold each other accountable, and lift up our values.
Thank you for your continued support of Mason City Schools.
Yours in Education,
Dr. Gail Kist-Kline