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Minnesota school board discusses diversity after superintendent video draws criticism


April 15, 2021

Pequot Lakes Superintendent Chris Lindholm addresses the crowd, first with an apology for how a video he shared was perceived, during the Pequot Lakes School Board's work session Monday, April 12, 2021.Dan Determan / Echo Journal

After a video on inclusivity narrated by Superintendent Chris Lindholm made the rounds and drew outcry from some community members last week, the Pequot Lakes School Board invited the public to hear the board's thoughts on the situation during its monthly work session Monday, April 12.

PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. - A video about inclusivity narrated by the Pequot Lakes School District superintendent has drawn criticism and calls for his resignation by some community members after the video made the rounds on social media.

The video shares the experience of Superintendent Chris Lindholm and other district leaders with incorporating equity practices into staff development, one of a series of animated shorts produced as part of a collaborative project called "The Rural Reveal." Lindholm describes his perception and experiences of the Pequot Lakes community upon his arrival from the Twin Cities in 2013 and his desire to help marginalized students and families feel welcomed and valued.

Pequot Lakes School Board members shared their thoughts with the public during their monthly work session Monday, April 12. The board did not take public comment at the work session, but will host a listening session Monday, April 26.


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