Several people speak out over hiring of MSD non-binary teacher

MEDFORD, Ore. – Several parents spoke out at last week’s Medford school board meeting regarding the hiring of a non-binary teacher.

The school district confirmed the teacher was hired at Griffin Creek Elementary School.

The parent expressed frustration that the teacher is teaching at a younger grade level, saying instead they should be teaching older children.

Before hearing from the public, the board said they cannot comment on specific personnel matters.

“I see that there are several people that have signed up to provide comment on a classroom teacher at Griffin Creek Elementary,” MSD Board Chair Suzanne Messer said. “The board is aware there is an ongoing discussion of that matter with district administrators, parents and other community members.”

MSD sent us the following statement.

“In the Medford School District, we believe ALL are learning and learning is for ALL. As per board policy and state and federal law we do not discriminate for any reason ever.

When parents, family members, or guardians have concerns, we will always hear them and work to address them, through established district policies and procedures.”

NBC5 News reporter Zachary Larsen grew up in Surprise, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. At ASU, Zack interned at Arizona Sports 98.7FM and Softball America. During his Junior year, Zack joined the ASU Sports Bureau. He covered the Fiesta Bowl, the Phoenix Open and major basketball tournaments. Zack enjoys working out, creative writing, music, and rooting for his ASU Sun Devils.
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