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Statements from Board of Education President and Vice President, Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino

Statement from Norman Board of Education President Dan Snell and Vice President Cindy Nashert

Monday night at a regular meeting of the Norman Board of Education, member Linda Sexton made comments that were inappropriate and disrespectful. Her words most certainly do not represent our opinions or that of the district and are in no way reflected in any practice or policy of Norman Public Schools. Ms. Sexton has since issued a public apology.

At NPS, our mission is to prepare and inspire all students to achieve their full potential. To be clear, we have not and will not waiver from that commitment. With the first day of school just around the corner, we are completely focused on ensuring our schools are safe and welcoming environments for all students, regardless of their backgrounds, experiences or personal choices.

Statement from Norman Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino
Issued Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021

Norman Public Schools is fortunate to have five selfless and dedicated individuals on our board of education, each a passionate advocate for students. As board members, they may choose to express their individual opinions during a board meeting. That does not mean those opinions represent the opinion of the board as a whole or the official district position. 

Ms. Sexton has since made a statement expressing her regret and apologies for her comments at Monday’s board meeting. You can see a portion of that statement below:

“I apologize for my choice of words and I regret deeply that I placed blame on students and families for their personal choices. I want to say directly to those families that I am very sorry.” - Linda Sexton, Norman Board of Education member 

Norman Public Schools is focused on the safety and well-being of our students and our staff. Our return to learn plan, which has been approved by the board, makes it clear that masks are welcome and recommended at Norman Public Schools, particularly for those who are not fully vaccinated, but in keeping with Senate Bill 658 they are not required. We are committed to fostering a learning environment that is safe and welcoming to all.