Superior School Board to review gender identity complaint

The board will hear from complainants, district officials and the public.

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SUPERIOR — The Superior School Board will hold a special board meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Superior Middle School cafeteria to review a complaint about gender identity curriculum material that is presented to fifth grade students as part of the human growth and development.

The complaint was lodged by parents at five of the district’s elementary schools this spring. The curriculum review committee met twice in June and received input from both the complainants and district officials. The committee unanimously approved the curriculum material regarding gender identity pronouns.

District Administrator Amy Starzecki adopted the committee’s recommendation and made the decision to continue teaching the curriculum. Her decision was appealed by the complainants, who requested a school board review of the issue.

The board voted Aug. 8 to allow both the complainant and the district to present their cases in person. Each side will have 30 minutes to speak. Public comments will be taken. The board is expected to make its decision at the meeting.

This story originally contained an incorrect timeline for the board's decision. It was updated at 7:35 a.m. Aug. 25 with the proper timeline. The Telegram regrets the error.


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