Thursday, May 13, 2021

Curricular Material Selection for Boundary County School District #101

by Jan Bayer
| May 4, 2021 4:48 PM

As your superintendent and elected school board members, we want to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate how curricular materials are selected for Boundary County School District #101. We select curricular materials used in our district at the local level.

We are concerned about the messages coming out of Boise about indoctrination, critical race theory, and curricular issues. The information is inaccurate.

We live in a community that believes in hard work, respect for each other, and support for our neighbors. Our curricular adoption process is cognizant of our community and our beliefs. Our curricular materials are approved by our locally elected school board members. Here is our process:

1) A team of teachers, parents, a school board member, curriculum director, and administrators review Idaho approved content standards, testing blueprints, and district approved essential learning standards. In addition, the committee reviews Ed Reports and Idaho approved curricular materials.

2) The committee researches what materials are best for our students.

3) The committee selects curricular materials they will recommend to the locally elected school board.

4) At this time, curricular materials and any required readings are published in the newspaper for 2 weeks for local patrons to review at the district office.

5) After this process is completed, then it goes before the school board for approval or not.

Our teachers, support staff, and administrators work tirelessly to provide the best education to students. Continuously attacking our educators is not in our best interest or in the best interest of our students. One of the school board’s goals for the 2021-2022 school year is to recruit and retain our staff. It is very difficult to do so when educators in Idaho are continuously under attack. Please ask questions and review our materials.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, we invite you to visit our district, schools, and classrooms. We also appreciate volunteers to participate on committees. We welcome your participation and input.