Statement on the MUFSD's 2019 School Board Election
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Name of Press Contact: Dr. David Martin
Date: May 22, 2019
Mamaroneck, New York – The mission of OneMamaroneck is to organize a passionate and critical mass of community residents, businesses and organizations, such that they (1) Speak, (2) Act and (3) Grow together to address and resolve systemic issues of diversity, anti-bullying and toxic leadership within the Mamaroneck Union Free School District (MUFSD).
Given our mission, we view the recent school board vote as bittersweet. It is a victory because important and fervent conversations about racism, bullying and toxic leadership have emerged and continue to spread within our community. This was clearly evident in the platforms of three out of four candidates. We applaud the work of two candidates in particular - Luis Quiros and Tania Thomas - who have been doing this work in our community both in word and in action.
The outcome of the election is also an acknowledgement that more work is still needed to bring awareness to our community, in that we believe most residents are still unaware of (or indifferent to) what the superintendent and school board are doing behind closed doors. For example, in recent weeks, abuse was alleged and Child Protective Services called on at least two Families of Color that supported underdog school board candidates. Similarly it appears that vindictive and scapegoating behavior was unleashed on the 6th grade team counselor who was involved in the December 2018 incident where three Black students were called the N-word by a White student at the Hommocks Middle School. According to onlookers, the counselor was shamefully escorted out of the building by security and the principal later notified parents by email that this counselor would not be returning for the remainder of the school year. The principal also named a new counselor for the 6th grade team in a different email to parents. We all recognize these as tactics intended to strike fear and intimidation into the hearts of administrators, teachers, staff, parents, students and the community-at-large. Fortunately, both the Office of Civil Rights and the Attorney General's Office are independently investigating numerous allegations against the Mamaroneck Union Free School District.
OneMamaroneck remains undeterred and we will continue working toward our goal of seeing that this administration and school board be called to account for their lack of integrity.