‘Transparency doesn’t really exist’: Leaders of color call out School District of Beloit following diversity report

 

BELOIT, Wis – Leaders in Beloit’s black community are calling out the School District of Beloit over a recent diversity report.

The report details how the district has seen an exodus of black teachers and black administrators over the last year.

“People are beginning to feel like there’s a current within this district that wants to push out minorities,” said Dorothy Harrell, the President of the NAACP’s Beloit Chapter.

According to the report, nearly 40 black staff members have left the district, including 7 of 15 black administrators.

Harrell says those numbers could continue to grow.

“I know even now as we sit here, there are at least two or three minorities that are considering leaving this district,” she said. “It’s because of the fact they don’t feel like they’ve been treated well.”

In August, school board member David Wilson challenged the district to address the departure of black administrators. On Thursday, the district would not respond to request for comment.

“Under the current administration and the new superintendent, transparency does not really exist,” Harrell said. “Accountability to the minority community has been at zero.”