A member of the Galveston Independent School District board of trustees is urging the board to pass a resolution declaring the district a diverse one.
Toward the end of a board meeting Wednesday, Vice President Jeff Temple read a prepared statement during the board comments section of the meeting.
“In this time of fear and confusion across our state and nation, I want to ask that the board join our fellow Texas public school districts in Houston, San Antonio and Austin in delivering a resolution reaffirming that Galveston ISD is a district of inclusivity and diversity that provides a safe and supportive education for all,” he said.
Temple’s statement comes after more than 200 people earlier this month packed the Galveston Islamic Center for Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough to sign a resolution to recognize “Galveston Welcoming City Day.”
President Donald Trump in January signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries and halting the entrance of all refugees for 120 days. A federal judge lifted the ban and a federal appeals court affirmed the judge’s action.
There are reports in several states that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is conducting raids and deporting people living illegally in the country.
Trump has since promised to deliver a revised travel ban.
“Our schools are our community’s anchors,” Temple said. “We provide a safe, supportive environment for all students, regardless of their background, their ability, their race or ethnicity, their status, their socioeconomic class, their sexuality or their gender identity.”
Temple said he would be reaching out to members of the community and fellow trustees over the next month to draft a resolution proclaiming the school district an inclusive and accepting one.
Community members and teachers at San Antonio ISD and elsewhere across the state have worked to pass similar resolutions, supporting students threatened by potential deportation.
As Temple’s prepared statement was read during the board comment portion of the meeting, there was no discussion or reaction to the potential resolution.