District 7 Retains Questioned Book, Reviews AMAO & Recognizes Long Time Educator
The District Seven School Board met Tuesday afternoon in District offices on Dean Drive and voted to accept their Curriculum Council’s recommendation to retain the book, A Day No Pigs Would Die. A parent had requested the book be withdrawn from use by all District Seven students.
The book is a coming of age story of a teenage boy growing up in Vermont set in the 1920’s and contains descriptive wording in regards to animals mating, the birth of animals and fighting animals for sport.
The recommendation from the Curriculum Council was to retain the book with certain recommendations including having teachers using the book notify parents the book will be read in class and contains mature themes; and the teacher should be sensitive to parts that might make students uncomfortable and should provide an alternate title if a parent requests their child not read the story.
The Board was given a report on their Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives which measures the percentage of students who progressed with their English language proficiency. The district did not meet the objectives, but Oregon as a state did not meet those goals. District seven’s percentages were higher than the state average.
The Board was also given information that the Jacqueline Wright Estate had donated $200,000 to create a scholarship. Details of how that scholarship will be administered will be made public after lawyers from the estate and the school district confer.
The Board recognized a long time Educator who has given 35 years to education, 26 of them with District Seven. A plaque along with a standing ovation was then given to Jim Tardieu upon his retirement.