Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

February 1, 2021

Dear Grass Lake District #36 Students, Parents, Staff, and Community,

"I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history."

Morgan Freeman

Amidst the insanity that COVID-19 brings to our daily life we must not forget that “Black history IS American History.” Throughout our history we have failed or fallen short of the standards we set for ourselves. Our country enslaved African Americans and bought and sold them. Our country used the government to oppress those same people denying them the right to vote or own property or get an education. African Americans were experimented on without their knowledge or permission, denied housing and employment just because of their race. The fact that we have “Black History month” is proof that we have still not reached the Constitutional promise of “All men are created equal.” We can only move forward when we face our past. We must recognize where we have failed and seek to correct those injustices and make amends. We must identify governmental systems which create inequities in access to opportunities, resources, education and wealth.

So, what can each of us do to create true equity? To ensure that we achieve the constitutional mandate that all men and women are created equal?

1.     Be aware that inequity exists.

2.     Seek to understand what challenges face minorities on a daily basis.

3.     Honor the historical and current contributions of the African American community to the success and prosperity of the United States of America.

4.     Demand that systems of inequity be remedied.

5.     Look for opportunities to support minority causes.

America is as great as it is because of the contributions of African Americans both in the past and now. Join me in celebrating the rich history and heritage of the African American community as we work together to truly guarantee that “All men are created equal.”


William Newby Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Grass Lake District # 36


I will be hosting a Parent Forum on Thursday, Febuary 4, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. to discuss the current COVID-19 metrics and the possibility of returning to in-person learning. Please feel free to send me your concerns and answer any questions you may have. Please find the link for the video conference below:

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