Is the School District in Saugerties racist?

 

My wife is a tenured full professor at the public SUNY college in Ulster County. The Saugerties school district is also public. One would think that the school district would consider my wife as extended teaching faculty since most of their students who go onto public college attend the local SUNY college.


Recently my Kenyan wife was granted sabbatical leave from her teaching position and went to Kenya to conduct research. We decided that it would be an excellent experience for our daughter to go with her.

Although the school district did not have to, they could have written an article in the newpaper saying how the parent of one of their student was going to Kenya with her daughter to carry out biological research. The school could have held a party for my wife. She does, after all, live in Saugerties and was going to do something unique. Fair enough, they did not have to do any of this but what Mr Mautone, the Asst. Superintendent, did was the opposite.

Before by wife left, she spoke with Principal Kelder and our daughter's teachers about their helping my wife with questions regarding what my daughter needed to learn while she was away. The teachers agreed to help and Principal Kelder even arranged for my wife to go to Mr Mautone's office to obtain the curriculum.

Instead of Mr Mautone supporting a college professor from Saugerties' own public college, he chose not to supply my wife with the curriculum and even instructed Mt Marion's principal and teachers not to respond to her emails. Mr Mautone did not even feel the responsibility to communicate this to my wife and give his reason for this decision.

 

Personally, I was disappointed when Mr Turner, Superintendent of the school district, said to me that he felt that the school district should not have to allocate any time helping our child by supplying us with the curriculum. Maybe the district did not have to, but why not do it anyways? Does Mr Turner realize that what my wife learned during her research is something that she can teach Saugerties graduates who chooses to attend her college-something that no other student in the world would learn except in her classroom. How would Mr Turner feel if when my wife teaches this cutting edge material she asks Saugerties graduates to leave the classroom? I am very sure if he heard about that he would have something to say and in my opinion, justly so. But don't worry, my wife would not do that as she always puts her students first, whether they are current, former or future students.

 

I am upset how this was handled because it involved my daughter's education and racism. My wife 100% believes that she was treated this way because she is a Black African woman and that our daughter is African american. I always speak out against racism regardless of where it comes from and where it is being directed.

 

 

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