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The City of Montgomery, like most American communities, is growing and diversifying.  Presently, the excellent school system, Sycamore Community Schools, has a student population representing 54 nationalities and 41 spoken languages, making it one of the most culturally diverse systems in the State.  Approximately 10 percent of Montgomery residents are multicultural.

City Council and administration believe the infusion of diverse cultures, faiths, and customs enriches social and civic life and is a positive development for the community.   As a municipal government, there is a tremendous benefit in nurturing and promoting this diversity in the community, and it warrants a higher priority on the City agenda.

The Montgomery City Council and City administration have established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  The purpose of this committee is to advise and assist the City in its efforts to promote awareness and appreciation of the community’s increasing cultural diversity. The current plan is to meet monthly. To assist in this work, the City has retained the services of longtime Montgomery resident Robert “Chip” Harrod to lead this initiative and committee.

The committee held its first meeting, an introductory session, on Jan. 30. More information about the committee’s progress will be shared in upcoming Montgomery Bulletins and on the City website.