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A Message From Superintendent Warwick

A Message From Superintendent Warwick
Posted on 06/02/2020

 A Message From Superintendent Warwick

"I stand with peaceful protestors across the nation who raise their voices for racial justice. I stand with police who fulfill their duty to protect and serve with good intentions and a clear conscience.

Later today, I will stand with Mayor Sarno, Commissioner Clapprood, faith and religious leaders from our community and others for a prayer vigil of hope and healing.

Faith, hope, healing and education are the way forward for our nation as we pursue justice and reform. It is why our work in producing students who are prepared to be change makers is vital. Reform is needed in systems that make up the fabric of our nation - criminal justice, education, politics, arts, the law, business, health care and more.

Springfield Public Schools administrators have been engaged in some difficult work around the stinging issue of race. Personally, I have learned some hard truths about white privilege and what it means. I understand the importance of using my status to help elevate the demand for justice and reform. I try to walk that path and in that light.

As a school district, we will not back away from the work on diversity and inclusion that we have started. My commitment is to work harder than ever before because the need for change becomes stronger every day.

Our nation is in chaos right now. The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life and now is set as a backdrop for a crisis that has caused unrest from coast to coast. We need prayer, healing, hope, peace and change. 

For some people, creating change takes the form of peaceful protest and activism. For others, prayer and meditation. As leaders and educators, it takes many forms. 

The important thing is to be a part of the solution and lead by example-whatever form that takes for you personally. And do so in peace.

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