The Board has sole discretion to approve instructional materials for the District. This authority is delegated to licensed employees to determine which instructional materials, other than textbooks, will be utilized and purchased by the District.
The Board may appoint an ad hoc committee to make recommendations to the District’s licensed employees and administration concerning the selection of instructional materials. The committee may be composed of District employees, parents, students, community members or representatives of community groups.
In reviewing current instructional materials for continued use and in selecting additional instructional materials, licensed employees will consider the current and future needs of the District as well as the changes and the trends in education and society. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to report to the Board the action taken by licensed employees.
In making its recommendations to the Superintendent, licensed employees will select materials which:
- support the educational philosophy, goals, and objectives of the District;
- consider the needs, age, and maturity of students;
- are within the District's budget;
- foster respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and difference of opinion;
- stimulate growth in factual knowledge and literary appreciation;
- encourage students to become decision-makers, to exercise freedom of thought, and to make independent judgment through the examination and evaluation of relevant information, evidence, and differing viewpoints;
- portray the variety of careers, roles, and lifestyles open to persons of both sexes; and,
- increase an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each member of a multicultural society.
In the case of textbooks, the Board will make the final decision after receiving a recommendation from the Superintendent. The criteria stated above for selection of other instructional materials will apply to the selection of textbooks. The Superintendent may appoint licensed employees to assist in the selection of textbooks.
REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019