Salina USD 305 Equity Council
An Equity Council has been created with the goal of strengthening our school district environment of respect, acceptance and appreciation. The group is made up of approximately 40 individuals including community members, staff and students. They are tasked with identifying challenges by reviewing data, information and feedback. The result of their work will be recommendations and strategies to the USD 305 Board of Education.
Individuals interested in participating completed an application between April 2-19, 2018. Equity Council members will begin working during the 2018-2019 school year.
Overview: August 30, 2018 Meeting
Salina USD 305 hosted its second Equity Council meeting on Thursday, August 30. Twenty-five members attended, made up of staff, students and community eager to focus on facilitating efforts to provide students and staff with equitable experiences.
Dr. Hardy, superintendent, and Shanna Rector, executive director administrative and student services, co-facilitated the meeting. Based on feedback from the July meeting, Dr. Hardy spoke about surveying staff and students to provide data points for the council to base their next steps upon. “A lot of ideas and questions have come forward,” said Hardy. “Next we need feedback from our staff and students to map the direction of the council.”
To prioritize input from the July meeting, Shanna Rector led an activity for members to work in small groups. The groups reviewed the material and identified topics around which the surveys will be developed. The district expects to administer the surveys to staff and students in early 2019. The council will use the survey results and other data to determine next steps.
The outcome of the council’s work will be recommendations for the USD 305 Board of Education. The council’s next meeting will be September 20, 2018.