Citizen groups aiming to promote racial justice and diversity are regular fixtures in the Kirkwood, Webster Groves and Parkway school districts. Now the same thing is happening in Lindbergh Schools.
Tara Tinnion, co-founder of Lindbergh Equity and Diversity (LEAD), told the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education during its meeting Tuesday that LEAD representatives intend to be on hand each month to present regular reports.
LEAD plans “to continue to show our support for the work that’s already happening in the district and to push for a little more of that,” Tinnion said. “And we welcome any invitations for dialogue outside these meetings as well.”
In a post-meeting interview, Tinnion said she and fellow relative newcomers to the district decided to form LEAD because Lindbergh Schools has an overwhelmingly white student population.
“A lot of us were sort of new to the district and noticing that there wasn’t a lot of attention to bringing resources into classrooms to introduce kids to kids who didn’t look like them, to families that didn’t look like them.”
Tinnion acknowledged Lindbergh Schools face a wide number of important issues and challenges already.
“I just wanted to hit home that parents care about this issue and it’s one they should focus on in the midst of math curriculum, science and technology, and all these other things that teach them to be good humans.”
In other news, the school board:
• Approved, at a cost not to exceed $49,900, an assessment of district technology services to be performed by Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker.
• Recognized social studies teacher Lisa Marin as Truman Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. Marin has taught in Lindbergh Schools for 30 years.
• Recognized nurse as Truman Middle School’s Support Staff Person of the Year.
• Recognized the achievements of Truman eighth grade students Ali Shaver and Christopher Meyer.