Dear Bryan ISD Community,
As we think about writing a statement we can’t help but think it is not about a statement. We can write words on walls, in books and adopt policies, but when it comes right down to it, it is all about our actions.
In the Bryan Independent School District, we take our vision, “Children First. Always.,” to heart. This is the creed by which we live, and this applies to all children. We have a responsibility to provide an outstanding education for every Bryan ISD student in a loving, caring environment, and we work daily to align our actions so that this is a reality for all of our students.
The peaceful protests that have taken place in Bryan and College Station following the horrific death of George Floyd give me hope for a better future for our community. These protests have included several Bryan ISD students and employees from different backgrounds, coming together in unity as one. Citizens are speaking out to ensure everyone in our community is afforded the same treatment we teach in our schools through our district-developed Essential 8 character education initiative; traits like kindness, tolerance, courage, leadership, and optimism. We must all be tolerant of each other, and understand that our diversity is what makes us strong. Tolerance, willingness to accept beliefs that are different from your own, is most readily achieved when we are, on a basic level, kind to each other. At least that is where it begins. We must remain optimistic, that by continuing to have the courage to speak out, by continuing to learn from each other and accept each other, our future will be better than our past. We will yet realize a society where everyone is treated with equality.
We will continue to promote a culture of listening, so everyone has a voice, and we can learn from each other’s experiences, perspectives, ideas, and realities, better shaping us all. Still, we recognize this is not enough.
Our schools are a wonderful representation of cultures and backgrounds that are celebrated every day in our classrooms. In Bryan ISD, we pledge our commitment to continue to examine our practices and procedures in order to provide a supportive environment for the 16,000 children we serve while recognizing there is more work to be done.
Dr. Christie Whitbeck
Superintendent, Bryan ISD
Board President, Bryan ISD