Our Commitment

our commitment

At times, national or local events impacting our community compel us to speak up to reiterate our educational philosophies that support all students and staff. On this page is a collection of statements over time that reflect the commitment of our educational team to lean into our core purpose, educating students, and to help prepare them to become citizens who model great character, mutual respect and who value the differences that help make us better together.

April 21, 2021


As educators, every day we witness the strength of education to transform hearts, minds and attitudes. We remain committed to using the powerful resource of education, and the amazing team in Clovis Unified, to develop a school community known for respecting the dignity and value of every human being, and creating space for healthy and healing dialogue. The April 20th verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial may have some people feeling hurt or uncertain, and others hopeful and optimistic. Within Clovis Unified, we will continue to work together, to support each other, and draw on our entire body of work to use this moment in history for reflection and for healing.   

March 19, 2021


Over the past several days, many of our students have shared with us their pain and expressed their fears over recent increases in violence directed toward our nation’s Asian community.  Our hearts break with theirs as we witness the destructive forces of hate and fear directed toward anyone, especially when based on race or culture. We want our students and staff to know we stand with them; and to hear us clearly condemn behavior of any kind that seeks to harm, intimidate or tear down another. It is not, nor ever will be, acceptable.  It won’t be tolerated, we will act quickly against evidence of it, and we will continue to work every day to build school communities within the greater community where mutual respect, understanding and value is the standard.

June 2020

Our Pledge of Support and Solidarity with our African-American Students, Staff and Community

In the light of current events around the country and within the Clovis Unified School District, we would like to express our continual commitment to ensuring safety for ALL students. To be clear, Clovis Unified’s leadership and Governing Board vehemently stand against racism and pledge to be part of the solution.  

Racially offensive postings, comments or behaviors made by any CUSD students or staff do not represent the Aims and Goals of Clovis Unified and are unacceptable.

We pledge to demonstrate our support for and solidarity with our African-American students, staff and community.  We recognize that racist actions are harmful and are of major concern to our school community. We assure you such action will not be tolerated in our schools and should not be tolerated in our community.  

In our common search for social justice in the face of racial inequality, we pledge to continue to listen, learn and hold students and our staff accountable as we aspire for a world of justice, equity and peace.

June 4, 2020


June 4, 2020
Education is a game changer, and as I have watched the events of the past week unfold across our country… the expressions of generational pain and frustration, the cries for unity and healing… I am reminded all over again of the powerful role of education to change the game for our communities. It’s not easy, it doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a journey of a million miles that we must travel together.
This month, I marked my third year as superintendent of Clovis Unified. I remember back to my first months on the job, when we confronted some of the same issues that are in the news today and the challenge that was embraced by my leadership team to re-evaluate how well our cultural proficiency system was working to build the capacity of our students and employees across all cultures to live in mutual respect and unity. Over the past three years, we have built bridges with our students, students like Abbi Akande and Faith McKesson who, with others, have been an important part of my student leadership council; and with parents and partners in our community, like Vicki Montgomery and Shawn Wills, who for three years have worked arm-in-arm with my leadership team to understand the specific needs of our African American students. Together we have taken great strides on our journey to keep Clovis Unified’s aim number one, aim number one, which is to Maximize Achievement for ALL (and by all we mean all) Students.
On May 20, my leadership team presented a report to the Clovis Unified Governing Board about the progress we are making on this journey, and I’d like to share with you the video from that presentation here: https://vimeo.com/425654578. I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to learn about this important work underway in our district. In it, you can learn more about our efforts to create a school environment where all students feel respected by teachers and their fellow students; our work to develop a high quality workforce of role models who can connect and identify with every student; culturally relevant teaching and partnerships aimed at closing achievement gaps and maximizing the achievement of every single student in Clovis Unified. We care about ALL our kids and we want them to have no doubt about it!
Our work isn’t perfect, and it is far from complete. Just as we have seen over the past week, these are wounds that run deep and are complex questions that don’t have easy answers. Education really is the game changer. When done right, it builds understanding. It raises awareness. It increases capacity for respect, for compassion, and for hope. As we look to a future after the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests this past week, I encourage our community to search out ways to support each other. Let us demonstrate care and seek mutual understanding of the unique challenges we each experience. If we promote healing over dissension, humility over pride, then we truly effect meaningful change.
For information on our Intercultural Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC), please visit https://www.cusd.com/IDAC.aspx

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