by Ken Green, Times Staff

Milton, Ma. – Diversity efforts in the Milton Public Schools – in achievement, hiring and even athletics – will improve with a concerted effort and a sharper focus, according to members of Citizens for a Diverse Milton (CDM).

At a recent presentation before the School Committee, members of the CDM said affiliate committees at some schools are unsure of their mission, while other committees experience setbacks when members leave because their children are no longer in the school.

“The committees rise and fall, parents come and go in the schools,” said CDM member Chris Navin. “We don’t have a constant body at some schools. … Sometimes the committee flounders on what exactly we’re supposed to be doing.

“There has to be a clear mission of the committees,” he said. “We have to make it easier for parents who are interested in those issues to get involved, get active.”

To remedy the situation, Navin said the CDM met recently with Superintendent Mary Gormley and other school administrators to discuss making the committees more effective as well as minority hiring.

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