NCSD has district librarians speak about their process of buying books

Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 12:00 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Monday April 11, the Natrona County School Districts Board of Trustees held their first meeting of the month. During this meeting the school district brought in 2 of the districts librarians and the Director of Early Childhood Learning to discuss their process of examining and reviewing books for NCSD libraries.

Any book that the district thinks they want to bring into a school library is thoroughly vetted by librarians. This includes researching the books age appropriateness and reviews online. They also have some rules to follow in order to keep out anything they deem unfit. This includes any books that may not be factually accurate. This rule also applies to books that may be out of date, for example, any book that may refer to an endangered species may be removed if the species has become extinct or brought back into normal population numbers. This may also include any non-fiction books that have been voided due to the release of a new edition. The district will also remove books if they are worn out beyond repair.

At the end of the meeting board members discussed some of the rules involving discipline the code of conduct. This is due to the meeting prior to this one where families came and spoke about sexual assault allegations against an NCSD student.

Trustee Dave Applegate discussed the Extreme Discipline Matrix which was created a few years ago after an incident that regarded consistency and fairness involving student discipline in the district.

“It was developed in response to community concerns, it has been a valuable tool. It has been used extensively across the district, more times than we would hope would be the case, and it has improved discipline consistence across the district,” said trustee Applegate.

They also noted that student behaviors that are not under supervision of the school district are not controlled by the district and should be managed by parents and/or law enforcement if necessary.

Mr. Applegate did recommend though that the code of conduct for athletes be revised. He advised that self reporting requirements be made more explicit and the ramifications of not reporting should be outlined as well. He also believes that expectations of intervention plans should be outlined in the code of conduct. He felt that the code enforcement policies should be more in depth when it comes to the jobs of the coach and athletic director along with the need of principal and district review.

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