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Centralia Elementary School District Trustees pass Resolution in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community

Students at Buena Terra Elementary School, part of Centralia Elementary School District, form a heart to show their feeling about the entire community. Courtesy photo.
Students at Buena Terra Elementary School, part of Centralia Elementary School District, form a heart to show their feeling about the entire community. Courtesy photo.

At its regularly scheduled meeting of April 14, 2021, the Centralia Board of Education unanimously passed Resolution No. 1652 “Supporting People of Asian Ancestry and Condemning Harassment, Violence and Hatred.” This resolution, proposed by Trustee Elizabeth Gonzalez passed 5-0 with all Board members commenting on the importance of speaking out to oppose hate and hurtful acts toward the Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In passing the resolution, Board President Luis Flores expressed a desire to see the resolution be shared with the community at large, broadcasting the District’s position on this matter.

In passing Resolution No. 1652, the Board of Education, condemns hatred, xenophobia, harassment and violence towards people of Asian ancestry and commits to creating a supportive, inclusive culture that fully embraces students of Asian descent.

Schools are a place of learning and socialization, and through this resolution the Centralia Educational community commits to the ongoing creation of spaces to inform and engage students, families, and staff, along with the community-at-large on the matter of social equity. The District commits to evaluate, learn and promote educational and social structures that face implicit bias, teach social justice and develop long lasting equity practices.

“By passing this resolution, the Board affirms their support to our AAPI community and students, particularly during this divisive time. The passage of this resolution indicates a resolve to engage in this national conversation. It sends the message that the Centralia Elementary School District stands alongside our not only our AAPI community but with all who oppose racism and hate. Centralia ESD believes in being a space where diverse voices are not just celebrated but fully supported,” said Superintendent Norma E. Martinez.

The complete language of Resolution 1652 can be found on the District’s website at www.cesd.us.

ABOUT THE CENTRALIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT (CESD)

CESD serves approximately 4,200 students from preschool to grade six on eight school campuses, in the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park and La Palma. In 2019, CESD was identified as one of 156 Positive Outlier districts in California that has excelled at supporting the learning of students of color and students from low-income families. In 2020, CESD had the highest scoring elementary school in Orange County in English Language Arts and the highest performing school in the City of Buena Park. All CESD schools have received awards from the California PBIS Coalition for Platinum or Gold level status in promoting positive behaviors and school supports. Five schools have been recognized in 2020 as Civic Learning Schools, with San Marino School earning an Award of Distinction.

In addition to its outstanding students and an excellent staff, CESD has a very strong partnership with community organizations such as the Centralia Education Foundation, PTAs/PTSO, Tiger Woods Learning Foundation, the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park and La Palma, and other local organizations and businesses. More information about CESD is available at www.cesd.us. Follow us on social media- Facebook @cesd.us and on Twitter @CentraliaSup.

This article was released by the Centralia Elementary School District.