Wednesday, March 14, 2012

District extends deadline for textbook committee

Public now has until April 2 to submit applications


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County School District announced late last week that it has extended the deadline for parents or other community members to apply for involvement in selecting new science textbooks. The announcement was made Thursday evening in the district's BCSD Weekly Update.

Interested community members now have until noon on April 2 to apply for membership on the "Science Instructional Materials Adoption Committee," which will select new general science textbooks for grades K-12 for adoption in 2013. According to a textbook public involvement plan, approved by the district board of trustees, the parent-to-teacher ratio on the committee will be about 1 to 5.

The original deadline was Tuesday, March 6, which gave the public only about five days to apply for the committee from the time an announcement was made on the evening of March 1 that the district was accepting applications. Some community members complained that the time frame for applying was too short.

Regarding the deadline extension, district Superintendent Lonnie Barber stated in the Weekly Update that "[w]hen we see something that needs to be addressed, we want to correct it."

District Curriculum Director Patricia McLean stated in the Weekly Update that the public involvement plan was "not written to exclude people and it clearly states that we want people with differing points of view on the committee."

Additional information and application forms are available at the district website at www.blaineschools.org.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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