Schools’ staff gets lessons in culture

After Greenwood’s new superintendent was hired last summer, he saw quickly how the school district was becoming more diverse.

Over the past five years, the percentage of Hispanic students has risen 43 percent, and today Hispanic students make up about 10 percent of Greenwood students.

Superintendent Kent DeKoninck wondered how prepared Greenwood was to teach these students, such as whether the school district had enough teachers who could teach English as a second language and if Greenwood should start printing documents in Spanish as well as English.

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