BLOOMFIELD, NJ – A presentation addressing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with Dr. Penelope Lattimer and Dr. Adele Macula recognizing Bloomfield School District’s diversity was hosted at Tuesday’s Board of Education Meeting.
Learning how to improve equity in programming and increase diversity in staffing was the goal of the workshop presentation, followed by a discussion with board members.
“It’s a pleasure to work with you on this very important issue of the integration and the prioritization of equity, inclusion and diversity into the teaching content and the school experience at-large for the students and personnel of the Bloomfield School District,” Dr. Lattimer said while addressing the board. “I am pleased to say as we looked at the district website and saw your mission statement, we saw that this is already a part of the culture of the Bloomfield School System.”
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The district goals, as outlined on their website, aim to develop the whole child by providing access to a curriculum that nurtures the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of all students to thrive in the 21st century. Bloomfield Schools want to create a safe, healthy, and secure learning environment equipped to deliver curriculum and programs and resources that best equip all students to succeed.
“Bloomfield is committed to developing communication platforms that foster transparent and constructive dialogue that will support positive community and parental engagement,” Dr. Lattimer added. “To attract and retain the best and brightest staff to reflect this diverse community is really coming forth already (in Bloomfield).”
Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Sal Goncalves commented, “this is very exciting and it’s important that the public has this information to know where we are trying to do, and our children will be better off.”
In other news, during his Superintendent Report, Goncalves stated, “we are working very hard on preparing our summer learning plan in all of our schools, and all the information regarding the summer learning opportunities during the month of July already went home to parents.”
In preparation of Memorial Day, Bloomfield High School celebrated with their traditional flag ceremony and display on the front lawn of the school for the community to view.
As a reminder, Bloomfield Public schools will be closed on Tuesday, June 1, and reopen on Wednesday, June 2.
Tuesday’s proceedings were held virtually in the Bloomfield High School Media Center, and live-streamed on the district’s Facebook page and WBMA-TV.
Bloomfield Board of Education holds its next meetings on Tuesday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 29. The regular meeting begins at 6:30 pm in a closed executive session, with the public session beginning at 7:30 pm.