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Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity Initiative

It is Bulloch County Schools' goal to be a school system and employer who respects and values different cultures. This cultural diversity can consist of  those with various thoughts, beliefs, values, religions, political views, races, ethnicity, sex, veterans status, disabilities, ages, and more. The school system is putting initiatives in place to help ensure the district provides quality resources and effective training programs to employees within the school system to better understand cultural diversity.

 

Key Goals & Objectives

  • Define cultural diversity
  • Host an annual, local employee recruitment fair and advance the school system's employee recruitment efforts from a cultural diversity perspective.  (The first of these annual recruitment fairs was held on February 24, 2018.)
  • Create a student-based video that leads the way on how we further define cultural diversity.
    • March 2018 - May 2018 - Cultural diversity contest for students 
    • May 2018 - Release a video that communicates the students' messages about cultural diversity
  • Conduct trainings that better educate our employees on the topic of cultural diversity and provide the appropriate resources to our employees to be more effective in regards to this topic.
    • October 2018 - Launch school system's cultural diversity training program (First phase)
    • February 2019-April 2019 - School level cultural diversity training (Second phase)​​​​​​​

Strategic Objective

“Having a more diverse faculty will make students more successful and show what our community is made of that we can sit down and have these conversations,”  Superintendent Charles Wilson

 

Background: Bulloch County Schools' student population is approximately 47 percent minority, while its certified staff is approximately 14 percent minority.  Bulloch County Schools' community-based strategic plan includes an initiative for diversity recruitment.

 

Strategic Plan Objective: Develop and implement a plan to attract, retain and promote effective employees

 

The Board of Education formed a Diversity Committee in the fall of 2015. Led by Phillip Tremble, the district’s director of human resources.The committee was made up of two Board of Education members, six local citizens, five school system employees and the superintendent. The committee met six times in 2015-2016. It identified the following: community concerns; barriers to minority recruitment; agencies to assist; and solutions within the committee’s scope.  The committee referred its recommendations to the superintendent. 

 

Purpose: Determine what the school system can do, as part of our larger community to increase minority recruitment, with the intent of attracting and hiring qualified minority candidates. The committee was charged by the superintendent to develop a diversity recruitment plan to attract more diverse teachers and applicants.  The school system strives to hire the most qualified applicants, but the committee discussed ways to attract more minority applicants for available positions as a way to possibly increase the number of minority faculty from its current level of 14 percent.

 

Desired Outcomes:

  • Identify concerns from the minority community regarding personnel that affects student learning.
  • Identify barriers to cultural diversity in Bulloch County Schools and the overall community.
  • Identify solutions to these barriers that are within the scope of this committee.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Education (via the superintendent), regarding the solutions identified and developed by this committee, as well as barriers identified in this process that are not part of this committee's scope, that need to be addressed.
  • Identify other community groups/agencies that can offer solutions that are outside of the scope of this committee and refer solutions to these groups/agencies to be addressed as part of a larger community solution.

Board Action: At the Board's February 9, 2017, meeting, the superintendent presented a recommended plan of action based on the Diversity Committee's input.  The official minutes of that meeting reflect the Board's action on the recommendation:

 

After review and recommendation by the Superintendent to approve the Minority Recruitment Committee Recommendation, upon motion by Steve Hein, and second by Stuart Tedders, following lengthy discussion, the Board would like to hear from the committee. Upon motion by Glennera Martin, and second by Mike Sparks to postpone to allow a report by the committee at the next meeting and discuss at a future meeting the board unanimously voted to postpone. (8:0) The Chair returned to the first motion for a vote to approve the recommendation. The vote on the first motion failed. (0:8) (Nay - All members)

 

Board Discussion:The Board has discussed the issue in open session and requested additional data to show how the diversity of  Bulloch County Schools' certified faculty base measures in comparison to similar districts in the region, state and nation. The Board continues to discuss the issue.  Board meetings are live streamed and the videos archived on our website at www.bullochschools.org/boardlive

 

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Bulloch County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age or gender. In keeping with the Board’s commitment and the requirements of applicable state and federal laws, the Board, Bulloch County Schools and its employees strive to remove any vestige of discrimination in the following areas: employment; assignment and promotion of personnel; educational services and opportunities offered to students; location and use of facilities; educational materials; and all business transactions conducted by the Board.
     

Address questions, concerns or complaints relating to the nondiscrimination policies and practices to one of the following officials in c/o Bulloch County Schools, 150 Williams Road, Suite A, Statesboro, GA 30458, (912)212-8500: (1)Phillip Tremble, Director of Human Resources - Equal Opportunity Coordinator; (2)Paul Webb, Chief Operations Officer – Title IX Coordinator; (3) Leslie Schlierf, Executive Director of Student Support Services – Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator; (4) Teresa Phillips, Organizational Effectiveness & Career Technical & Agricultural Education Director; or (5) Georgiana Darsey, Federal Programs Director.

 

Key Contacts

Phillip Tremble, Director

Human Resources
ptremble@bullochschools.org
912.212.8510

 

Allie Baxter, Assistant Director

Human Resources

abaxter@bullochschools.org

 

Diversity Committee

Maurice Hill, Board Member

Glennera Martin, Board Member

Charles Wilson, Superintendent

Phillip Tremble, school system

Troy Brown, school system

Dr. Mary Felton, school system

Dr. Torian White, school system

Carlos Brown, community

Paulette Chavers, community

Alejandro J. Gallard, community

Betsy Riner, community

Claudia Reyes-Garcia, community

Alexander Smith, community

 

Key Resources