Hicksville, NY: As schools are scheduled to open next month, parents and community leaders are concerned about safe return of students to the classroom. Indian American Forum, led by Indu Jaiswal, and TLCA, invited two Superintendents Dr. Kishore Kuncham and Dr. Kusum Sinha for a virtual dialogue. They gave an overview of reopening of schools plan. It was moderated by Flora Parekh and Aashmeeta Yogiraj.
With over three decades of senior-level experience in public education, community leadership and the corporate world, Dr. Kishore Kuncham is the first Indian American Superintendent in the State of NY serving Freeport School District.
Dr. Kusum Sinha, Superintendent, Garden city Schools, a doctorate in instructional leadership from St. John’s University.
As the superintendents answered questions, it led to in-depth discussions about hybrid and remote instructional models, services to special education and ENL students, equity issues, fiscal challenges, technology, and safety protocols. It was assuring to hear from the superintendents the high level preparedness and readiness on the part of the schools for the well-being of all students and staff.
Several organizations including TLCA, IDP USA, Gift of Life USA, Shanti Fund, LILC and were represented at this very important discussion to help address school opening challenges and concerns. Various community leaders and parents – Babu Kudaravalli, President Telugu Literary Cultural Association (TLCA), Rizwan Qureshi, Nikita Bhatia, Mukesh Modi, Arvind Vora, Bakul Matalia, Gobind Munjal, Vimal Goyal, Teacher Vasundhara Surekha and several others including Board members and directors of Indian American Forum and TLCA were gratified being part of this important discussion and concluded requesting a follow-up session as things shape in coming weeks.
The event was live on social media. For more information, www.indianamericanforum.org.