Mackenzie Smith ’21
Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
Newly appointed trustee Renard Morey-Greer plans to elicit input from the community to make the district more inclusive. The new appointee who took over in February for retired President Charlotte Rebelein is making South Lake families and faculty the focus.
“Before I make plans though I would really like students and teachers to share their thoughts with me,” says Morey-Greer.
Morey-Greer is currently a civil rights investigator and he feels that this could help him make decisions that will improve the South Lake school district.
Even before he was appointed, in November of 2018 Morey-Greer still felt that it was important to include the students and their families in school board decisions.
“It is time to critically evaluate whether policy and practice are congruent in our approach to involve all families in our community. Section 2112 of our Bylaws state that “[t]he Board of Education believes that durable and significant learning by a student is more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership between the school and the student’s parents/guardians,” says Morey-Greer.
He plans to create this partnership by using his background of being a civil rights investigator and the father of an Elmwood Elementary School student to help him sympathize with the difficulties getting involved.
Morey-Greer understands that school activities are not always communicated well or easy to get involved in, and he plans to change that.
“As a civil rights investigator, I have been involved in too many cases where perception is seen as reality, and as a new parent to the district, I know that forming new relationships, or simply deciding whether to volunteer, can be difficult,” says Morey-Greer. “As a Trustee, I intend to work with other members and directly engage families to make sure that we continue to foster an inclusive environment and eliminate any actual or perceived barriers to family participation,” adds Morey-Greer.
Above all, Morey-Greer feels that involving the parents is one of the most important things when it comes to improving the district.
“I know that forming new relationships, or simply deciding whether to volunteer, can be difficult. As a Trustee, I intend to work with other members and directly engage families to make sure that we continue to foster an inclusive environment and eliminate any actual or perceived barriers to family participation,” says Morey-Greer.
More-Greer hasn’t forgotten about the students either. He plans to have the students voice their opinions to members of the board as well.
“I noted at several board meetings the current president has highlighted the fact that she receives letters from students with their concerns. To further this engagement, I believe a more formalized process of collecting student attitudes should be developed,” says Morey-Greer. “Admittedly, for the last 3 years, I have received a survey from my son’s teachers about his strengths and weaknesses. But, nonetheless, I believe a formal practice of collecting and aggregating district wide data about student attitudes should be developed.”
All in all, Morey-Greer hopes for the best as he plans to lift the district up with as much student and parent involvement as possible.