• June 3, 2020

     
    The past two weeks have been filled with emotion.  I have lost sleep, struggled with words, fought with anger, have been incredibly frustrated, and realized that the country I thought was coming together to fight COVID-19 is struggling to respect the voices and emotions that people of color possess.  The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and the overt behavior of Amy Cooper highlight a recent history of a centuries-long treatment of people of color. 
     
    We must have honest and unapologetic conversations while respecting the feelings of frustration, fear, and exhaustion that people of color feel with the struggle for equity, equality, and justice. 
     
    During several conversations with staff, friends, and colleagues of color, many feelings were expressed that are weighing heavily on me. While I can’t understand how people of color feel, I can respect and acknowledge the difficulty that people of color have living in a world that is filled with inequity, inequality, injustice, and racism.  
     
    I am proud to stand with students, staff, teachers, administrators, superintendents, parents, and community members everywhere against oppressive behaviors, racism, and will express my truth while respecting the voices, truths, feelings, and emotions of all people.
     
    Respectfully,
     
    Tom Burton
    Superintendent