View a letter from Superintendent Daniel T. Connor

Dear Goshen Schools community,

Right now, our world is filled with hurt and anger. What happened in Minneapolis has incited outrage in communities across the country. Although this horrible and unconscionable act occurred far from the boundaries of our small town, it still hits home to many of our students and families.

It’s important that we acknowledge that racially and ethnically violent incidents, no matter where they occur, cause stress and trauma for some members of our community. It’s important to be thoughtful with our words and actions in order to help see each other through this troubling time. It’s important that we stand together with each other, and especially with our students, to show that our community is one of inclusion and respect.

I have been an educator for more than 40 years. Countless students have inspired me with their kindness, decency and compassion. My heart aches for any child who is hurting because of ugliness in our world. Their hearts should not be filled with pain or fear. Their light should not be dimmed by the hateful acts and words of others.

I want our students, employees and communities to know that hateful and discriminatory acts are unacceptable in our schools. Our students deserve to grow up in a town and attend school where they feel safe and welcome. It’s up to us to work together to build a better community and a better future for our children. My door is always open.

Be well.

Superintendent Daniel T. Connor