PITTSFORD, NY (WROC) — The Pittsford Central School District, along with the town and village of Pittsford, are hosting a “community conversation about racism” Thursday after recent allegations of racism within the district.
There is expected to be a large turnout for Thursday’s meeting at the library inside of the Calkins Road Middle School. The superintendent, town supervisor, and village mayor are all expected to be here with the community for discussions.
The event is designed, according to the press release, to give families and the community “circles of support.” They want to address racism and make everyone feel safe, respected and included.
This stems, at least in part, from a couple of recent racially-charged incidents in the district. A Spanish teacher says she is hoping the meeting allows the school and community to move forward together.
“My hope is that we can have some real deep conversation about what’s going on within our school district, within my building especially,” says Michelle O’Conner, Spanish teacher. “And really, hear the concerns with open hearts and open minds in order to move forward and really dig in deeply and address the issues that are going on in a way that’s respectful and helpful for all of us involved.”
News 8 will have more reaction from the meeting at 11 p.m.