Interview with H. Gardiner on Desegregation of Teachers
KLFY Channel 10 Lafayette
Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, Southwest Region, Louisiana
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State
Date Issued: 1968-05-22
Subjects: Gardiner, H. | St. Landry Parish, Louisiana | INTEGRATION
Interview with H. Gardiner on faculty integration in St. Landry Parish schools. Gardiner states that the desegregation of faculty is the most difficult task that the school system has faced in a decade. He hopes that he is given the opportunity to select teachers that he feels would be successful in moving into schools of the opposite race. He comments that working on these problems consume 75% of a school administrator's time and that it is at the expense of the greater education program. Gardiner believes that teacher recruitment would suffer if the suggestions of some teacher groups are followed, such as placing all new teachers into schools of the opposite race. This assumes that all graduates of the College of Education must teach, whereas 50% do not. He states that this policy would force many more graduates into seeking other employment in St. Landry Parish and the rest of state.