Residents Speak Out On Lack Of Diversity In Suwannee Schools

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By Greg Gullberg
June 25, 2013

Live Oak, FL - Some residents spoke out Tuesday night about diversity in the schools at the Suwannee County School Board meeting.

Several people came forward to express concerns over what they call a lack of black educators. They say 92% of hires over the past decade have been white. And they want to see more diversity.

"We believe as members of the community that the demographics need to reflect this community. And we believe it would be a better improvement on our students to be more job ready and motivated," said Tommy Jefferson, Live Oak Resident.

Superintendent Jerry Scarborough says they will seek outside consultants for solutions to the issue. According to the 2011 census, Suwannee County is 12% black.

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