Home » News » News » Board » Board Meeting Summary: March 31, 2021

Board Meeting Summary: March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021
School Board Work Session

On Wednesday, March 31, the school board held a work session. The meeting was open to the public via live video on Zoom, live audio stream, and radio broadcast on KRVM 1280-AM.

Work Session

During the hourlong session, board members heard from representatives of SeeChange NW. The board has elected to hire the consultant to assist Eugene School District 4J in rethinking its school safety system, an initiative known as All Students Belong.

4J is undertaking a process to engage students, families, educators, community and board members to reimagine school safety in the district. The district sees this work as part of a short- and long-term process to address racial inequity within the district.

The school board and district have taken these steps that the consultant plans to build from:

• Passed a resolution on anti-racism and equity
• Adopted policy ACB reflecting All Students Belong, barring hate symbols and addressing bias incidents in schools
• Engaged an Equity Committee to advise the district and elevate community perspectives on the experiences of historically marginalized students
• Did not renew school resource officer contract in 2020
• Developed a draft roadmap for a revised school safety plan
• Selected SeeChange NW to engage in initial steps in this process

In the coming weeks, SeeChange NW will take a comprehensive look at the district’s policies, practices and data related to its school safety system and the impact they have had on students, particularly groups of students who have been historically marginalized.

The initial work aims to better understand the depth and breadth of root cause problems and provide recommendations that will inform how work might be formed and structured to create a revised school safety plan.

Board members’ questions centered on the consultant’s timeline for the work and the role of board members, 4J staff and community members in the process. The consultant will hold its kickoff meeting with the district in April.

Agenda and Materials

March 31 work session agenda and materials
March 31 work session audio recording

 


NOTE:  This is a quick summary of the topics and actions at a meeting of the school board. This document is NOT the official minutes of the school board. Official minutes are posted after they are drafted, reviewed and approved by the board. Audio recordings of meetings are typically posted within two days after the meeting. 

School Board Meeting Schedule & Information

This entry was posted in Board, News. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • News Archives

  • RSS Recent Posts