Diversity discussed at school

During a retreat on Friday, Grand Haven school officials looked at the interactions they have in their own lives as they strived to get a handle on racism issues in the schools.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 20, 2013


The school district is being investigated by a federal agency based on a parent’s complaint of KKK-like actions and racial intimidation at the high school.

The district hosted a sparsely attended community forum regarding the racism issue at the high school on March 26.

Next week, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance will host a Calling All Colors conference in Grand Haven. It will take place Thursday at Central High School.

Although the school system has worked with the diversity alliance for programs for staff and students aimed at preventing racial discrimination, Superintendent Keith Konarska said there’s still work to be done.  

“Clearly, we’re not there yet,” he said.

The alliance's executive director, Gayle Harrison, said the school and community leaders have met several times in the past month to look at what they can do and how they can move forward. She said the school can’t do it alone; it will take the entire community to make a change.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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