What happened in Minneapolis on May 25th to George Floyd was reprehensible, heartbreaking, and criminal. The nation must now find a way to deal with this awful tragedy and to heal and grow.

I have never been more proud to be part of the Troy Community as I was this past Sunday, when thousands of people of all races, ages, and backgrounds came together at the rally with one voice in a call for racial justice.  It was a peaceful and powerful display of what the Troy Community is all about.   

At the Troy School District, we take great pride in our diversity and work diligently to promote equity, tolerance, and collaboration.  If the last two weeks have taught us anything, however, it is that we can always do better.  We are committed to improving everything we do to ensure that every classroom in every one of our school buildings is a safe, supportive, and caring learning environment. 

On behalf of the Board of Education members and the Troy School District, I want to say that we unequivocally and emphatically denounce racism and discrimination.  During these times, and always, we stand with our black and brown students, families, faculty, and staff of our entire school community.  

We remain committed to cultivating an environment that treats people equally and actively counters racism in all forms. 

We want our black and brown students, families, faculty, and staff to know that your school district stands with you.  

We value you.  

We believe in you. 

We are your allies. 

And we will do everything in our power to make sure you feel safe and supported in Troy Schools.