JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio.jpg

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPC Superintendent Marty Pollio said seeing the Breonna Taylor case unfold has reminded him that more work needs to be done to ensure racial equity in the nation, Louisville and its schools.

"Watching this case unfold and the largely peaceful protests in our city has had a profound effect on me," Pollio wrote in a letter to JCPS staff.

While the decision not to bring criminal charges in Taylor’s death would be "difficult and hurtful" for many in the JCPS community, Pollio said Taylor’s life mattered and, as a graduate of Western High School, she would always be part of the school district’s family.

Pollio also said that JCPS understands that systemic racism is real and that it will "take all of us pushing for change to make a difference.

"We must do better for our students, their families and our educators," the superintendent said.

"What we do now in JCPS matters more than ever. Our district has even more resolve to ensure the tenets of our Racial Equity Plan are realized and Black students excel and achieve at the level of their peers. We will keep expanding programs to hire more Black teachers, strengthen support at schools with students in the highest need of support and increase the sense of belonging among our Black students.

"We can’t change the past but we pledge to do our part to change and improve the future for thousands of JCPS students like Breonna Taylor," Pollio said.

Copyright 2020 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.