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Monroe County Schools Approves Diversity Specialist Position

Diane Hanks is being hired as the district's talent and diversity specialist to increase the number of MCCSC staff who are minorities.

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MCCSC came under fire earlier this year for not having a diverse enough staff.

The Monroe County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Diane Hanks on Tuesday as its talent and diversity specialist, a new position within the corporation’s administration.

Hanks, currently the vice-principal at Tri-North Middle School, will be responsible for recruiting and creating a more diverse staff for MCCSC.

After Hanks was passed up for a promotion to Tri-North’s principal in August, many Bloomington residents questioned whether MCCSC was making a strong enough effort to hire a diverse staff.

MCCSC’s officials would not say whether the creation of the diversity specialist position was because of the outcry but MCCSC board members have stressed there is a strong need for diversity recruitment and Hanks is more than qualified for the role.

“I’ve been waiting for this for at least 13 years,” said MCCSC Board Member Sue Wanzer. “This is long overdue.”

Hanks says one of her first tasks in the position will be to evaluate the current situation within the corporation.

“We have to find out what we have in our own home,” she said, describing the role as a perfect opportunity to hear the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community and to draft a plan to meet these needs.

She plans to meet with representatives from the city and county to discuss pooling resources to help MCCSC become more multicultural and create culturally relevant schools.

“This is not an overnight journey,” Hanks said as she addressed the board. “It will take time, commitment, hard work and money.”

The position is a lateral move for Hanks, who will retain her current salary of $76,913.

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