Eastchester parents demand investigation into alleged racist comments from school superintendent

Parents say during a PTA Zoom meeting last week, Superintendent Ronald Valenti said introducing Spanish to kindergarten and first grade students can be useful so the students can talk to their gardeners and gas station attendants.

News 12 Staff

Feb 7, 2023, 10:32 PM

Updated 471 days ago

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Parents showed up to the Eastchester School Board meeting Tuesday night to demand an investigation into alleged racist comments from the superintendent.
The lengthy school board meeting had many topics on the agenda, but when it came time to public comment, parents focused on one issue. 
They say during a PTA Zoom meeting last week, Superintendent Ronald Valenti said introducing Spanish to kindergarten and first grade students can be useful so the students can talk to their gardeners and gas station attendants.
While the comments were not well received by many in the community, some parents who took to the microphone Tuesday night were in support of Spanish classes and understood there could have been a misuse of wording.
Valenti sent a letter to the Waverly School community, saying his comments were misinterpreted. 
Still some parents asked for more, going as far as calling for an investigation.
The board did not have much of a response except to say inclusivity is just as important to them and hope to achieve that.


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