Blair Oaks School Board to review superintendent search policies and schedule

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The Blair Oaks School Board will review and vote on several policies and discuss a search timeline for a superintendent on Tuesday at its regular September meeting.

The meeting agenda reads “Approve Policy 2115, Transgender Students” under “Past Works.”

Policy 2115 allows transgender students to choose a name and pronoun by which to identify and to dress according to their gender identity. It also allows all students to use a gender-neutral toilet, aligned to their “biological sex” or aligned to their “self-identified gender”. It also outlines the Missouri State High School Activities Association rules for transgender athletes.

The possibility of a vote on Policy 2115 drew a larger-than-usual crowd at last month’s board meeting, but the board decided not to act on the policy at that time. . The policy discussion was initially postponed until August because several board members expected to be absent in July.

In August, only board chairman Jason Paulsmeyer was absent, but the board again elected to postpone to allow all board members to participate in the discussion.

Also at last month’s meeting, council member Logan Gratz read a statement that Blair Oaks was one of several districts with similar policies that come from model language that limits their potential liability. The News Tribune found that some nearby districts used the same or similar policy language from Missouri Consultants for Education. As part of new business, the board will review and decide whether to approve revisions and updates to other policies as well. The list includes policies on memorials, dual credit scholarships, and even optional permission for corporal punishment. Deputy Superintendent Kimberley Walters explained that the policy outlines parental notification and approval for districts that use corporal punishment. Blair Oaks does not.

Also on the agenda is “Approving the Superintendent’s Research Schedule.”

The board recently selected Mark Harvey as acting superintendent for this school year. Harvey previously served as Acting Assistant Superintendent of Oak Grove R-6 Schools and Pike County R-3 Superintendent in Clarksville.

The board chairman said the goal was to find an interim superintendent for the current school year and to seek a permanent superintendent for the following year.

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