Six years into his crusade, Beacon resident James F. “Frank” Bugg isn’t losing any steam.
A 1961 graduate of Beacon High School, Bugg, now 73, returned to the area after retiring in 1996. Around 2010, he recalls casually looking at the Beacon City School District website.
“I just happened to see some data on there that in 2010 the city of Beacon had 266 instructional staff, and that only five of them were minorities,” says Bugg, who is African-American. “That riled me then and it still does.”
Looking further, he says that he found more data showing that just over 53 percent of the district’s roughly 3,000 students were non-white. Bugg says that he went immediately to a Board of Education meeting to address the lack of diversity, which he called simply “carelessness.” full article