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South Bend Schools looks for a new Director of African American Student and Parent Services

NOW: South Bend Schools looks for a new Director of African American Student and Parent Services

South Bend, Ind. – South Bend Community Schools is looking to fill a high-level administration position.

At Monday’s SBCSC meeting, the board approved not to renew the contract of Dr. G. David Moss.

Dr. Moss served for nearly four years as the Director of African American Student and Parent Services.

Since getting the job in October of 2003, complaints from parents about Dr. Moss have been brought up to the district several times.

In the spring of 2015, Dr. Moss was under fire for planning a field trip specifically for black students.

Some parents argued it created a double standard. The school corporation ensured parents and students it was never meant to be a discriminatory trip.

In recent months, several community groups advocated for his removal from the position, telling the district he was not doing enough for black students.

While the district couldn’t comment on Dr. Moss’s job performance, Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells explained what he is looking for in his replacement.

“I am looking for somebody that has a strong vision about improving student achievement. I’m looking for somebody that’s very active in the community and I’m looking for somebody that works well with our community,” says Dr. Spells.

Dr. Spells says they are currently screening candidates. They have received eight applications but are expecting more.

He hopes to recommend the best candidate to the board in early August so they can begin by the first day of school.

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