Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney this week released a video message to the community on the role of the Cultural Competency Committee, a parent advisory group for faculty and staff professional development that was consulted following the controversy over a middle school assignment about slavery.
In the video, Looney notes that “our community is changing. We’re getting families from all across the world.”
He notes that the Cultural Competency Committee was established a year ago to make sure the schools are sensitive to that reality.
“Unfortunately our work has led to some misunderstandings, and miscommunication,” Looney says, acknowledging that “these are tough conversations to have. We’re talking about race, and religion and economic status and making sure that all of our students, regardless of where they come from feel welcome and safe in our learning environment.”
Looney’s message is here: