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School board tackles host of issues at town hall

At the close of the Gloucester County School Board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night and following a short recess, a town hall meeting was opened for Gloucester residents to raise their questions and concerns to the board on a variety of contentious topics.

Anticipating the issues citizens would bring up, the board created a brief presentation prior to the meeting that covered these topics. These included the treatment of transgender students; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Critical Race Theory; Standards of Learning and other curriculum information; the African American History elective course, and the wearing of masks in school. Board chair Robin Rice served as the presenter of these topics.

The only official comment that the board made on the treatment of transgender students came up in the presentation. Rice noted that the board acknowledges additional discussions regarding this topic are occurring in public school divisions throughout the commonwealth in response to...

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