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Parents Rebuilding the Village makes statement to Gainesville school board on safety, student success
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Shayla Bush spoke on behalf of Parents Rebuilding the Village during the Gainesville City Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. - photo by Kelsey Podo

The members of Parents Rebuilding the Village are quickly building a presence in Gainesville City Schools.

Shayla Bush, the group’s president, spoke before the Gainesville Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and shared her hopes and expectations of them. 

Parents Rebuilding the Village is a Gainesville-Hall County grassroots organization formed in response to concerns about bullying.

“We are aware that many of our students are not performing at a successful level,” Bush said to the audience. “We also are aware through media that our schools may not be a safe place for our middle school students … To say we are concerned is an understatement.”

Bush said that she hopes to build a collaborative relationship with the board, so they can work together to do what’s best for the children of Gainesville.

“We want you to know that we are here to help mobilize our community to become bigger and better,” Bush said. “We expect that you will set policies and decide on those issues that directly affect us and our children in a way that will improve the education of our children.”

She then told the board that Parents Rebuilding the Village will hold them accountable for those chosen to lead and teach children in the district. 

Bush asked them to revisit the system’s bullying policy. She said her organization expects that situations like bullying and behavior concerns are addressed promptly and according to guidelines set forth by the Department of Education and the school board. 

“All of our students deserve to be successful,” Bush said. “No stone should be left unturned … Our families are counting on you. Communicate with us as we have dedicated and committed ourselves to rebuilding the village, one brick at a time.”

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