Superintendents Issue Joint Statement Concerning Incidents At Mansfield v. Ashland Football Game

17 Oct , 2018  

The superintendents of Mansfield City Schools and Ashland City Schools released a joint letter today to their respective communities. In the letter, Brian Garverick and Dr. Douglas J. Marrah discuss issues related to the Mansfield v. Ashland football game on October 5.

The letter states as follows:

To Our Communities:

Recently a meeting was held by representatives of both school districts to discuss the events that took place on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Community Stadium in Ashland, Ohio, and how both communities and the Ohio Cardinal Conference could move forward. We resolved from this meeting the following:

  • We need to compete on the field during athletic contests and work together as league members to assure our student athletes are contributing members of their communities, both on and off the field.
  • Both districts are committed to improve our students’ cultural sensitivity.
  • The Ohio Cardinal Conference league is educating each district’s coaching staff on all aspects of cultural sensitivity.
  • Both sides agree as we move forward that communication is the key to our success.
  • We agree that when someone is offended we will listen and address their concerns in a timely manner.
  • The Ashland City School District will work with Mr. Warren Jones and Mansfield City School District to use Significance, LLC to assist and coordinate cultural diversity and sensitivity training for school employees and students.

According to its website, Columbus-based Significance LLC was founded in 2000, and provides a wide range of consulting and training services. Educational services offered include training in culture and diversity.

Source: Mansfield City Schools

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