School superintendent to speak about bullying

The new superintendent of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will talk about steps being taken to make students feel safe from bullying and harassment when he appears at the next Sustained Community Dialogue session.

Jim Roberts, who joined the Columbus-based school district in July, will speak from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Thrive Alliance Room at Doug Otto Center, 1531 13th St. in Columbus.

Roberts won praise from some local leaders in November after acting swiftly on reports that some Latino students faced peers’ mocking of their race after the national presidential election.

Sustained Community Dialogue meetings began four years ago as a way to address a broad range of local issues. It is a spinoff of International Forum of Columbus, and attracts a cross-section of the community.

Columbus resident Merry Carmichael coordinates the gatherings that are open to all.

Information: mecstewart

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.