SDMA Reconsideration Committee votes to keep two books for general student use | WisCommunity

SDMA Reconsideration Committee votes to keep two books for general student use

December 5, 2022 - 11:37am

SDMA Reconsideration Committee

The Menomonie School District will again hold a meeting of the Reconsideration Committee to reconsider a book in the district libraries due to a citizen challenge. This is the agenda for the meeting:

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE MENOMONIE AREA
NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE SDMA RECONSIDERATION COMMITTEE
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE CENTER
215 PINE AVENUE E., MENOMONIE, WISCONSIN
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022, 4:00 P.M.
*It will be left up to the committee to determine whether public comments will be allowed at the meeting. Written public comments received by the district (jennifer_mikesell@msd.k12.wi.us) before 12:00 pm on Monday, December 5 will be shared with the committee.

AGENDA

I. OPENING ITEMS

A. Call to Order

B. Roll Call and Introduction of Committee Members

C. Review of the Reconsideration Process

II. REQUESTS FOR RECONSIDERATION

A. Reconsideration Requests

  1. Too Bright to See (Kyle Lukoff)

  2. Julian Is a Mermaid (Jessica Love)

B. Presentation by the Complainant (if requested by the complainant)

C. Public Comment from Citizens and Professional Personnel (as determined by the committee)

Several community members commented both in favor of keeping the books in question and removing them from the school library system.

III. DELIBERATION/ACTION BY THE COMMITTEE

A. Committee members may discuss the reconsideration requests and any information related to the materials in question.

B. By majority vote of the members present, the reconsideration committee will decide to:

1. Retain the material under reconsideration for general student use.

2. Make material available on a limited basis for specific classroom use.

3. Make material available at a specific level- elementary, middle, or high school.

4. Make the material under consideration no longer available in the district for general student use.

A motion was made to keep both books for general student use. The vote was unanimous to retain the books.

IV. ADJOURNMENT

A. Action to Adjourn

The agenda as noted above was posted more than twenty-four hours prior to the meeting date. The most up-todate agenda information is available on the district website. This agenda is posted at the Menomonie Area School District Administrative Services Center, and on the district website at www.sdmanonline.com under the School Board link.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJfEG7nSwQo I saw this on my newsfeed today - a woman speaking to a different school board about Julian is a Mermaid, the same book. Looks like she got the same response. Thanks for recording these meetings, Steve.

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