This is a message from Dr. James Baker, Superintendent of Roselle Public Schools.
I write this message during a time of grief and pain in our country and the Roselle community. The inhumane treatment that led to the senseless death of George Floyd has sharpened the country’s focus on the racial disparities that are unfortunately present within many facets of our society. The only way to defeat racism is to address it every time it rears its ugly head. As Interim Superintendent, it is my expectation that students and staff alike will conduct themselves in accordance with the Golden Rule, to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
It was recently brought to my attention that an employee of the Roselle Board of Education made an offensive post on a public social media platform. While I am prohibited from commenting on personnel matters, you can rest assured that I have not and will never tolerate bias in any form – especially from those who are in positions of authority, in whom we entrust our most precious resources – our children. Our students and staff deserve and are guaranteed safe and secure education and work environments – free of intolerance of any kind. As such, I have directed the administration to comply with District policies and precedents in reviewing and assessing this current situation.
Dr. James C. Baker
Interim Superintendent of Schools