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Equity Task Force Appointments Announced

May 26, 2017—Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., has announced the members of the newly formed Equity Task Force. Dr. Hutchings and the two co-chairpersons of the Task Force, Lisa Vahey and the Rev. Colin Jones, made the selection from a group of 25 finalists. The group includes 11 educators, nine community members and two students. These members will serve a two-year term.

More than 80 residents and staff members applied to serve on the task force, which is charged with identifying, understanding and taking action on equity issues in our schools. They will work alongside the two Shaker Heights High School student-members, both of whom are involved in our Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR). The Task Force will identify equity issues, particularly those that relate to race, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on policies that will enable us to remove barriers to student success. The formation of this group and its ability to continuously foster equity through the coordinated efforts of our schools, our community and our young people is an important step to ensuring that the dialogue we have on race is not only productive, but lasting.

The Equity Task Force consists of:

Jeremy Abraham – teacher
Herlinda Bradley – community member
Katrina Cassell – student
Jeremiah Caver – student
Eric Forman – principal
Carina Freeman – principal
Ayesha Hardaway – community member
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. – superintendent
Rev. Colin Jones – co-chairperson
Luling Li – teacher
Larissa Martin – teacher
Holly Palda – special education parent mentor
Nicole Patterson, Ph.D. – teacher
David Peake – counselor
Adam Roth – community member
Phillip Rowland-Seymour – community member
Michael Summers – instructional aide
Kim Thompson-Schinagle – community member
Heather Torok – community member
Lisa Vahey – co-chairperson
Lumar Vargas – teacher
Ricia Weiner – community member

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