Ready for Tomorrow Demands Action Today

The events of the week, from the senseless death of George Floyd to the unrest in our cities and country, have left us angry and heartbroken. As one of the largest school districts in Ohio, we have a responsibility to take action in times of crisis. We have an obligation to provide a place where every student is welcomed, respected, supported, and celebrated.

The Hilliard City School District is proud to announce the immediate formation of the Inclusivity & Justice Task Force. Mrs. Samantha Chatman, Principal at Alton Darby Elementary School, has been appointed by Dr. John Marschhausen, Superintendent, as the district’s Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator. Mrs. Chatman will serve as Taskforce Chair. Taskforce members will be officially named at the Board of Education Meeting on June 15, 2020.

Our commitment to diversity in Hilliard doesn’t start now; this is an additional resource on our journey. The work of Mrs. Janet Monseur-Durr and Mrs. Sabine Canty has earned national and international acclaim. The United States Department of Homeland Security has recognized Hilliard’s diversity efforts as a model for schools and communities. Hilliard hosted Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and our school team was sent to Belgium to share our work and engage in dialogue.

“Today’s crisis demands new action. We live our values, our passion for growth, to embrace the complex work and create a better tomorrow,” shared Dr. Marschhausen. “We can’t wait. We must root out racism in our behavior and demand justice in our actions.”

“Racial injustice has plagued our country for hundreds of years. The time is now! The time for our Hilliard community to engage, to educate, to model, to break down barriers, and to change systems and policies that perpetuate racism,” said Mrs. Chatman.  “Together we will lead and do the work to end systematic racism.”

“The recent death of George Floyd has again shined the light on the problem of prejudice and racism.  As civic leaders we are called on to take action and lead in times of crisis,” said Mr. Abate, Board of Education President.  “The Hilliard Way has always been about building a strong community and now is the time for us to come together and model the way forward in eliminating racism and prejudice from our nation and community.”

We join with our city leaders and the Hilliard Division of Police in a commitment to open dialogue and purposeful action. Working together focused on improvement, we will make our schools and community a better place for everyone. The Hilliard City School District is also part of a larger Greater Columbus Community. We will seek input and support from The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.