“I wouldn’t even want to work for Glynn County Schools if I saw a badge like that,” Thorpe said.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A recruiting tactic to hire a school custodian in Glynn County isn’t going down well with some parents.
They said it was poorly advertised to people because of its racial overtones.
The ad is a card that features a black woman holding a broom. The map says “Glynn County Schools Custodian Job”. At the bottom are instructions for applicants to go to the school district’s website.
“These are the jobs that it seems like they feel African Americans are only qualified for,” said Glynn County parent Thea Brooks. “That bothers me.”
Brooks said it came to their attention earlier in the week. She said several cards were dealt during a basketball game. However, the card was not from the Glynn County School District. Parents said it was made by someone on staff. Lashay Thorpe, another parent, described the announcement as “in poor taste”.
“I wouldn’t even want to work for Glynn County Schools if I saw a badge like that,” Thorpe added.
The Glynn County School District said the staff member has been identified and the district is taking appropriate action. In a statement, GCSD said:
This leaflet was not developed or endorsed by Glynn County Schools, and it certainly does not reflect the values and beliefs of our school system. We have identified the staff member involved in this matter and are taking appropriate action.
Diversity is firmly rooted in our mission to be a #strongerglynn, and we believe that all of our students, families, staff, and community members should be treated with respect, live without discrimination, and occupy safe spaces to learn, work and thrive.
We understand and share the concerns of our families with this graphic, and we will remain committed to promoting diversity while building on the progress we have made so that we can bring about positive change in our community.
Note that district-approved flyers contain our Glynn County Schools logo.
For Sharon Lee, president of the Gylnn County NAACP, the school district statement is not enough.
“You really want to feel like every person employed by the Glynn County school system is valued,” Lee explained.
Lee suggested parents speak up at school board meetings when something is wrong; no matter big or small, the problem arises.
“We need to attend these school board meetings and address these issues,” Thea Brooks said.