The Greendale Schools Climate and Culture Task Force had its first meeting Wednesday to begin examining issues and challenges related to harassment in the community and schools.
Susan Castro and Alison Julien, parents of students in the Greendale Schools, serve as co-chairs of the Task Force. Nancy Athanasiou, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Education and Associate Professor at Alverno College, is facilitating the work team.
“The Task Force includes a diverse mix of approximately 25 parents, students, teachers, community members and staff,” said Superintendent John Tharp in a release. “I am grateful for the strong commitment Task Force members have made to this important work.”
Our first meeting was a good step forward as we work to ensure that every student feels safe in our schools, and that each has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential,” added Tharp. “The Task Force is committed to updating the community as the work progresses.”
Greendale High School made the news in September when a 17-year-old male student wrote a fake bomb threat in a bathroom because he told police he wanted to disrupt the homecoming activities. Police reports indicated that the teen experienced prolonged bullying by his peers, including nominating him for homecoming court as a prank.
The Climate and Culture Task Force is charged with assessing and understanding the current situation, and within that context, proposing solutions to issues and challenges related to harassment and make recommendations for solving issues.
For more information, please contact Superintendent John Tharp at (414) 423-2700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.