Leeds parent directed to read policy on challenging education materials

GREENE — A parent of an 11th grade student at Leavitt Area High School expressed concern about library materials during the Maine School Administrative District 52 board meeting at Greene Central School Thursday.

“I just wanted to make everyone aware of this in some way because I don’t think they are aware of the type of pornographic literature that is in the libraries,” said Christine Duplissis, from Leeds, adding that she intended to include an excerpt read from a book.

Chairwoman Elizabeth Bullard told Duplissis that the best way to share her concerns with the district is to read the Education Materials Dispute Policy and submit the appropriate form to the school administration.

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“That’s the best way to approach it because then I can make sure we’re all addressing these[concerns]in the same way,” Bullard said.

Duplissis and Superintendent Cari Medd exchanged email addresses after the exchange.

Afterwards, Jimmy Childs from Leeds asked when society had “perhaps accepted some pornographic literature in our schools”. He spent much of the public comment time describing his beliefs about transgender children.

“DNA, biology, you can’t change that,” he said, later adding that “changing the sex (of a child) is a form of child abuse.” However, he noted that anyone over the age of 18 is free to do so and let what he wants.

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Also, Leavitt was recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion National School for a second time. It is the only school in Maine to have received this award twice, said Medd to applause from the board and audience.

“(Leavitt) continues to be a model school for creating an inclusive community,” Medd said.

According to Medd, the district has 13 vacancies for education technicians, up from 15. She added that the district is still looking for other employees, including an elementary school teacher in Turner, two adult education instructors, a social worker and a dean of studies in Leavitt.

The Board also voted to accept a $59,000 donation from the Suzanne and Galen Cole Donor Advised Fund to fund teacher trainer training, including comprehensive literacy training at the University of Maine, and an $800 donation the Leeds Central School from the Maine Community Foundation Literacy Fund.

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