Maintaining momentum forward takes the nonnegotiable commitment to: (1) stay focused on lifting all Beacon students to higher levels of academic success, and (2) treat each other’s opinions, perspectives and time as sacred as we treat our own and vital to achieving this goal. If any player turns their focus inward, believing their input is the most valued, we’ll lose sight of our goal, our progress will slow and, eventually, stop.
These commitments are the fulcrum around which the purposeful, but bumpy, but rewarding, community building process moves. After all, to coordinate the vision and passions of strangers, each must continually resist the urge to dismiss or denigrate that which looks, sounds and reacts least like us. Rather, one must expect and welcome differences if one is to gain broader perspectives, sharpened judgement, deeper understanding, and the unique experiences that will minimize mistakes while plotting forward. Creating a safe emotional space to promote this process calls for transparent, respectful, bi-directional communication, which will eventually birth trust and, later, camaraderie.
Ms. Gadsen, last month you voiced frustration at our community’s vacillation between progress and regress because some factions seemed to be “stuck”. It turns out that redress was sought in alternate forums, to no avail. The facts suggest that the process in which you and I have been engaged has not been experienced by them, but not for lack of trying on their part. Now that the “present the facts that are factual” stickler test has been met, the greater community would like to know what actions will this Board take to restore public trust and move the needle forward again? The parents, teachers, students, staff and community are here, organized, ready and listening. The ball is in your court.
Over 350+ parents, teachers, students, and stakeholders remained in the auditorium. Board Members Anthony White and Bill Zopf remained in attendance along with Deputy Superintendent Ann Marie Quartironi.
We thank all of those that stayed and listened to the speakers.