Supporters Stand to Change Pattonville's Equal Opportunity Employment Language
Six speakers addressed the Pattonville School Board Tuesday night requesting the school district change its equal opportunity policy to include sexual orientation.
Pattonville School Board President Robert Dillon backed off on requesting speakers at the April 12 Pattonville School Board Meeting not say the same things over and over again. More than 30 people stood in support of speakers requesting that the school district’s equal opportunity policy be changed to include sexual orientation.
Six speakers explained to the Pattonville School Board how the district’s policy should be changed. Speakers read anonymous letters from teachers who did not feel comfortable addressing the board due to their sexual orientation.
Dillion told the audience that the board will bring their concerns into a discussion at a later time.
Currently Pattonville's Equal Opportunity policy states: "It is the policy of the district to afford equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or to the extent required by all applicable laws. The policy of equal opportunity applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, and termination."