This state’s policy for the selection of school library materials states that any parent, guardian, student with parental consent, community member, or employee of the district may formally challenge library materials used in the district’s educational program. This policy further allows those persons in the school or the school community, who are not directly involved in the selection of library materials to make their opinions known. The focus of the examination procedure is to provide an open forum for making an informed decision. School personnel are expected to be courteous and advise the complainant to arrange a conference with the principal.
Procedures for Challenging Library Materials
School Days 1-4
School Days 5-14
School Day 15
District Appeal Process
If the original complainant, Library Media Specialist or Media Paraprofessional II, teacher, student, or other personnel directly affected by the committee’s decision wishes to appeal, the principal will refer the matter to the Regional Superintendent.
The superintendent or the superintendent’s designated representative, not members of the committee, will then convene and serve as the Chairman of the District Review Committee. This committee is representative of the total school district and will include the following:
- Regional Superintendent supervising the school bringing the challenge
- Senior Coordinator for Library Media Services
- Director of Curriculum and Instruction and/or Curriculum Specialist (representative of content area)
- A teacher from the appropriate content area and level – Secondary should have an English/Language Arts teacher
- A Library Media Specialist representative of the grade level of the material in question
- Three (3) parents – (one SAC committee member from the school bringing challenge, two SAC committee members representing the same grade division in the district)
- One School Board member from the respective area
The decision by this committee shall determine if the material is to be used by the local school. The District Review Committee follows the Procedure for Examination of School Library Material – using the timeline that follows: