Eudes S. Budhai
Superintendent of Schools
Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent
The Westbury UFSD has made a commitment to a policy on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Excellence. This commitment was driven as a result of a studies with a purpose to increase the diversity of leaders and educators across New York State and across the country. The Westbury UFSD conducted a data analysis of our workforce which enabled us to identify a problem, develop a theory of action, design strategies of our hiring practices, implement the strategy and measure the results of our implementation.
We noticed that there was a disproportionate number of educators serving in the district in comparison to the demographics of our students body. Our focus was to be intentional with a cultural shift to the hiring process, recruitment strategies and retention of a diverse workforce. Since then, we have made connections with a variety of professional associations, Institutions of Higher Education, Teacher Opportunity Corp (TOC), civic organization and partnerships with non-profit organizations. The district immediately introduced a diversity recruitment fair early in the year, to elicit potential candidates with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusivity. The results has provided for a 75% of hiring a diverse workforce over 3 years as compared to NYS 57%. The district has also committed to increasing the pipeline of future teachers and has hired approximately 12 teachers that are alumni, children of alumni or teachers that were enrolled in the district during their K-12 experience.
The Westbury UFSD has also committed to ensuring that we are increasing the diversity and equity to increasing the capacity of Minority and Women Business Owned vendors supporting our capital projects. Therefore, the district reaffirms its commitment to our above-referenced policy by requiring a percentage of MWBE within our Request for Proposals above the states average. Furthermore, we make connections with the vendors and build relationships to serve as mentors to our students based on the variety of fields in the industry.
The process for selecting the right community and schools can be overwhelming. You want to send your children to schools that not only offer academic interests and career interests, but also schools where they feel challenged, safe, accepted, and most importantly, happy.
The staff in the Westbury Union Free School District lives and teaches the ideals of community, and these principles show in our complete dedication to, and care of, our students. We promise always to work with your child and you throughout their educational experience. We offer exceptional programs that enrich students' experiences: viable high-level curriculum, blended learning, elementary and secondary Honor Societies, STEAM, Advanced Placement Courses, college-level courses, service learning, extended day programs that meet and exceed students' needs.
Our schools are all in GOOD STANDING for two consecutive years and we are among the top 10 schools in New York State graduating the most students of color. In addition, our Westbury UFSD is on the path of excellence as our students attained the bronze level in the Best High Schools by US News and Advanced Placement District Honor Roll by the College Board. During our first time competing in the LEGO First Robotics League, our elementary schools did excepionally well. Although each school performed exceptionally, the Park Avenue School proceeded to the championship competition which is the first time a "rookie" team has met this challenge. The Middle School and Park Avenue won best robotic design, and Park Avenue finished 14th place out of 28 in the Robotics Mission Games, top 5 out of 28 to advance to the champions.
We will continue to challenge ourselves but we will need your support and look forward to meeting the community’s expectations!
Remember, the guidance you provide your child in their K-12 educational experience and their college choice is extremely important. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or your building Principals and support staff if you have any questions or suggestions to improve the services we provide.