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Evergreen School Board passes Anti-Racism Resolution - 07/01/20

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Evergreen School Board of Directors last night passed a resolution condemning racism and committing to being an anti-racist school district. The two-page resolution, in keeping with the school board’s commitment to equity and inclusion, provides a strong framework for the Board’s upcoming work in creating a specific Equity policy.

“This resolution is reflective of the work we have been undertaking over the last several years. We believe it is important for our staff, students, family and the public to have our comprehensive statement of beliefs and expectations in one place,” stated School Board Vice President Victoria Bradford.

School Board President Julie Bocanegra reiterated the district’s commitment to the urgency of the work needed citing the start of an equity audit later this summer. “I am glad we have the resolution now in place, but now we must turn the resolution’s words into action.”

The resolution in its entirety can be found on the Evergreen Public Schools web site: (https://sites.google.com/evergreenps.org/school-board/home?fbclid=IwAR0PoDCumq53Iz0p5wVGq9deMP4Q0BKwf90c5VVMNkq0Pyv40fhsXXIHsZs#h.p_HKFfVrQMDwgy)

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Evergreen Public Schools, with 25,500 students is the largest school district in southwest Washington and the sixth largest school district in the state. The district is also the third largest employer in Clark County with over 3,300 employees.

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Klarissa Hightower, Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion
Klarissa Hightower, Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion
Evergreen names Klarissa Hightower Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion (Photo) - 06/17/20

Five years ago, the Evergreen School Board adopted an equity and inclusion focus. Over the last several years, there has been examination, study and initiatives introduced to help move all students and staff toward common beliefs and standards. With the events of the last several weeks, the passion and urgency for addressing educational inequities and improving the lives of students and families has become overwhelmingly apparent. To ensure this focus remains a top priority, last night, the School Board and Superintendent Mike Merlino appointed Klarissa Hightower as the district’s new Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion.

Hightower, who has served as Shahala Middle School associate principal for the last two years, will lead the development of a vision and overall direction for a district-wide equity action plan that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive environment. She brings school-level and district equity work experience from her time at Portland Public Schools as a teacher, administrator and Assistant Director of English as a Second Language. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from Georgia State University as well as a Master of Education degree in Reading, Language, & Literacy and earned her administrative credentials from Portland State University.

“As I witness what has been historically impossible, now taking shape locally and nationally right in front of my eyes, my heart is filled with hope. This hope births action and that action creates change. I am so honored to serve my community in leading this change,” said Hightower.

Hightower will begin with an equity audit to help develop district wide policies, practices and procedures to provide transparency on how decisions and policies impact equity. She will also help convene and work with an Equity Committee comprised of community and district stakeholders to draft an Equity Transformation Plan with measurable outcomes. 

“Klarissa’s experience and passion in creating collaborative dialogues and solutions will help guide a process that is accessible, fair and relevant to our students and staff. We are excited to begin this work under her leadership,” said Merlino.

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Evergreen Public Schools, with 25,500 students is the largest school district in southwest Washington and the sixth largest school district in the state. The district is also the third largest employer in Clark County with over 3,300 employees.