Equity in the Souderton Area School District

June 17, 2020 

As our nation continues to find itself struggling with issues of racism and civil unrest, many in our school community have asked what we can do to understand, process, and respond to these complex issues.

First and foremost, I feel it is important to reaffirm that the Souderton Area School District strives to be a school community free from prejudice, racism, and intolerance. We unequivocally condemn acts of race-based violence and any intolerant rhetoric which seeks to divide us. In SASD, we actively work to build an inclusive school community that values diversity, and we stand united against hate in any form.

As Superintendent, it is my responsibility to give all children a safe space to learn which is free of bias. Promoting diversity and inclusiveness has long been one of our goals and we know there is more work to be done to ensure that all students and staff members feel safe, valued, and accepted in our school community. I will always continue to advocate for educating the whole child and to uphold the shared values that make us a Community Where Character Counts.

I believe it is critically important that we listen to one another, and thoughtfully consider the viewpoints and experiences of those who may not look like us. The events across our nation over the last weeks have energized us to reaffirm our commitment to the elimination of racism and prejudice in our schools. We have already begun to undertake the important work needed to evaluate our policies, systems, and curricula to ensure they are culturally responsive. We must also proactively identify and transform any structures or behaviors in our school community which may perpetuate racism. As a first step, I have formed an Equity Committee to examine these issues and to develop a comprehensive action plan with the input of stakeholders across our community.

The work needed to create a school district that is truly free from prejudice is difficult and requires challenging conversations and introspection. Ultimately, I believe we will be stronger for it. Thank you for your understanding, as our administration and School Board wanted time to discuss these important matters before we issued our own response to our community. Also, thank you for listening with an open mind and heart as we work to promote equity for every member of our school community.

Sincerely,

Frank Gallagher

Frank T. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools