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Carson City school trustees discuss holding one meeting per month, approve new sex education video for high schoolers | Carson City Nevada News

On Tuesday, the Carson City School District Board of Trustees discussed changing its meeting schedule from at least two meetings a month to just one meeting a month, approved a new sex education video for high school students, appointed a member of the Family Life Advisory Board and more.

Meeting Changes

The organization of meetings falls under the 050 Bylaws, which currently states that the boards must select a time, date and location for meetings, which must be at least two meetings per month.

The agenda made no mention of a desire to reduce meetings to once a month, instead stating the purpose of the agenda item was to discuss “changes to the constitution” without specifying what those changes might be.

However, all Trustees were willing to discuss changing the meeting schedule to just one meeting per month.

Trustee Mike Walker was the first to suggest that the school board should hold only one meeting a month.

“One of the things we’ve found during COVID is that if we use our time efficiently, we can get by with one meeting a month. We can consolidate what we do. I think of our employees.”

Trustee Lauren Crossman suggested that in addition to meeting once a month, they could hold special meetings as needed, e.g. B. to honor retiring employees or to celebrate the teacher of the year.

Trustee Lupe Ramirez suggested that the meeting should begin before 7:00 p.m. when the meeting is changed to once a month

However, Walker stated that going to 6pm was difficult for members of either trustee or the general public, who could work until 5pm, and said 6:30pm could be a compromise.

The Trustees agreed that at the next meeting there would be a vote to change the meeting dates from two meetings per month to one meeting per month.

Advisory Committee on Family Life

Dan Thornton was reappointed to the Family Life Advisory Committee for a three-year term ending in December 2025.

The other applicant, Christine Sylvester, was appointed as a “non-voting deputy”, something many trustees were concerned about as an alternative position had not been included on the agenda.

Initially, trustee Mike Walker suggested that Sylvester could be appointed as deputy and if a parenting position became available she could fill that position.

However, District Legal Representative Ryan Russel stated that no decision could be made at that meeting.

Trustee Joe Cacioppo said he did not want to “preload” the committee’s appointments and that doing so would subject the board to public scrutiny.

Trustee Laurel Crossman recommended that the idea of ​​a deputy be included in an upcoming meeting as it was not earmarked.

Russel explained it would be a “cleaner record” to do so. However, Walker petitioned for Thornton’s appointment with the proviso that Sylvester be appointed as a non-voting deputy.

“I feel like we didn’t properly finalize that,” said Trustee Stacie Wilke-McCulloch.

Crossman agreed that she also felt uncomfortable because it wasn’t acted out properly.

Wilke-McCulloch said she wanted “no open session violation at my last meeting” with the board.

Despite questions about the agenda and a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act, the board voted to accept Walker’s motion, stating that it trusted Russel’s views on the matter.

Approval of Sex Ed Content

A Family Life Advisory Council-approved contraceptive video is now entering the high school curriculum.

The video and program will be taught by a representative from Carson City Health and Human Services in high school health classes that discuss what forms of birth control are available and how effective they are.

The curators voted unanimously to add the video to the curriculum.

Trustee Walker said he believes the video’s subject matter would also be appropriate for middle school students.

“There are a lot of families that want schools to provide sex education, so we need to have information available for those students and families,” Walker said. “For students whose parents want to do this at home, that’s perfectly appropriate and they can opt out of the system.”

Walker said the information provided was appropriate for students.

Trustee Richard Varner agreed, stating the video was fact-based and contained no graphic elements.

However, the only vote was whether or not to include the information in the high school curriculum. It is not known what, if any, contraceptive education is taught at the middle school level.

To engage with the approved program, the trustees said parents would have to enroll in the course, rather than parents who didn’t want their students learning about contraception opting out.

The approved video can be viewed here.

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