On behalf of the Danville-Boyle County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this letter serves as notice of our deepest disappointment in the Danville Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Carmen Coleman, and the Danville High School Council for not making the DHS principal selection process transparent to the community and the lack of consideration in granting Dr. Marcus Stallworth an interview for the position.
As schools and school districts across the nation, Kentucky and Danville supposedly ponder over why they can’t find minority educators to reflect the diverse student populations in which they serve and how they (boards of education) will increase their efforts toward the recruitment and retention of highly-qualified minority educators, we (the NAACP and under-served minority groups) sit back and wonder if it’s all a “smoke screen.”
Danville, “The City of Firsts,” has yet again allowed a stellar African-American candidate to slip through her fingers.
Dr. Stallworth was born and raised in Danville, matriculated through the doors of her public schools, is a 1987 graduate of Danville High School, holds a BBA in business administration, and education degrees and certifications in business education, history education and special education.
In addition, he holds a master of arts degree in instructional leadership from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership and administration from Clark Atlanta University. He has taught and coached in the Danville Independent Schools where he worked tirelessly rebuilding the existing track and field complex at Admiral Stadium. He has worked as school improvement coordinator — training highly-skilled educators in the field at the Kentucky Department of Education, has 8.5 years of experience as a school principal and is currently an educational consultant.
The Danville Board of Education, Dr. Coleman, and all Danville school councils are expected to make decisions in the best interest of all students. It is in the best interest of all students, regardless of race or ethnicity, that the Danville schools employ a more diverse faculty and staff.
The demographics of the district’s faculty and staff is both staggering and unacceptable, and we urge the Board of Education to report this data to the community via The Advocate-Messenger so the community can see first-hand the sense of urgency of recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty and staff reflective of our community so that all students can experience success and appreciate the diverse world in which we live and work.
To support the Danville Board of Education, the NAACP would like to begin a minority educator recruitment and retention campaign in recruiting and retaining a more diverse staff reflective of the diverse students in which our public schools serve. Currently, the Danville system employs less than 1 percent minority faculty and staff and 0 percent school administrators.
We look forward to scheduling a work session and working collaboratively with the board to strategically develop an action plan to ensure that highly-skilled minority educators are recruited and retained reflective of the student population in our schools and demographics in our community.