Barbara Hawkings’ response

Editor’s note: The following is Concrete School District Superintendent Barbara Hawkings’ response to the allegations made against Concrete Elementary School teacher Mary Janda and the Concrete School District in November 2012. This statement was provided to the media in February 2013.

This allegation of unlawful or inappropriate discrimination based on religion is false. The allegation is based upon false information that is taken out of context.

The teacher involved is an experienced and outstanding educator, who treats every student with dignity and respect. She is a teacher students go to when they are having problems. The parents and/or student involved have never met with the teacher or school district to file a complaint or express a concern.

We have enclosed the teacher’s correspondence responding to this allegation that provides a more detailed explanation.

We find this allegation to be irresponsible concerning an issue of great importance to our district and staff. We strive to treat every student with dignity and respect, and do not discriminate against any individual because of his/her religious beliefs.

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