BANGOR — Bangor High School is working to address racial injustice.
On Tuesday, Superintendent Jim Tager briefed the Bangor City Council and community members on how he’s handling it during this school year.
Bangor recently dealt with a racially motivated crime last month when two teens vandalized the car of a man of Pakistani descent. Tager said he wants to address these problems head-on as he starts his career here.
“The year prior I was in Vermont and there was a similar situation, and one of the things that came out of it was he was the only black student in the school, similar to what I read in a report here,” he said. “It kind of reminded me of what I was walking into in here.”
Tager is bringing a survey into Bangor High School in November that faculty, staff and students will take to get opinions on diversity and racial justice.
“Everybody is very aware of the investigation that went on and certainly that brought forward some information, and one of the things it did say is to look further into our practices,” said Tager.
Tager said the survey is called 360 and is curated by John Hopkins University.
“We are hoping that if this becomes a good source of information for us, we will next move to James Doughty, then to Cohen, and then to our elementary schools,” said Tager.
In addition to that, Tager said he is seeking 500 new volunteer mentors for Bangor schools. He would like to have mentors with a diverse range of backgrounds to meet the needs of different students. He said although it is ambitious, he and his team are making it happen.
One of the goals Tager emphasized most during Tuesday night’s council meeting is focusing on embracing diversity in all Bangor schools.
Tager said he is happy to address issues concerning Bangor’s younger community and is working toward communication with staff and students.