Public school officials moved close to appointing an independent investigator to probe allegations by students and parents that a small number of the staff at Fordson High School has engaged in hostile and discriminatory behavior toward Muslim students of Arab descent.
Two weeks after hearing from the students at a public meeting of the city board of education, Trustee James Schoolmaster suggested the district hire Doug Baker, a former Wayne County prosecutor and a city resident, who recently has conducted investigations for state Attorney General Michael Cox's office.
"We're concerned about the civil discord that obviously exists at one of the schools," said Schoolmaster, a lawyer.
Members of the board considered meeting in closed session in either one week or two weeks to discuss the intent, limits and cost of the probe and to question Baker.
But no decision was made last night amid concerns by board members over whether the meeting should be closed to the public.
Nonetheless, some members appeared to be concerned that the board and the administration need to move quickly.