School committee will give update on racism |

School committee will give update on racism

Teri Vance

CARSON CITY – After working for six months on a plan to ensure racial equity in Carson City schools, a committee will give an update to the school board today.

Formation of the committee was suggested after several parents raised concerns to the school board that their children were mistreated by Carson High School officials after a fight on Sept. 4. They claimed the students were singled out because they are American Indian.

The charge of the committee was to present resolutions for any covert or overt racism existing within the school district, which has a history of tension between American Indian and Hispanic students.

Mary Pierczynski, school district superintendent, said the committee did not solve the problems but made progress toward a solution.

“We have begun to look at issues that we’ve not looked at clearly before,” she said. “We’ve done some analysis as to how the school district deals with various ethnic groups.”

From the main committee, others have sprung up. Representatives from the Community Council on Youth, Ron Wood Family Resource Center and Cooperative Extension were among those participating in the process.

American Indian and Hispanic students have met both on and off campus to discuss ways to bridge the gap between their ethnic groups.

“I think having the students get together and discussing the issues is important,” Pierczynski said.

She said her main concern is that student achievement is raised among all ethnic groups.

The final report is scheduled for June 22.

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