SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) - Parents are back voicing their opinion during a school board meeting in Springboro right now.
The district initiated talks about adding controversial topics to its curriculum nearly two weeks ago.
The issues include religion, evolution and creation, sex education including pro-life and abortion, the legalization of drugs and gun rights
Sarah Jobe , who has two children in the district, said tension ran high in Springboro's latest Board of Education meeting. She and some other parents don't believe controversial issues should be taught in the classroom.
"The climate there was very tense," said Jobe. "I believe some of the school board members have their own vision and view of what the constitution is. They want to basically ram their version down our throat."
The board's president, Kelly Kohls denies any personal agenda. Kohls believes, as a parent and district leader, implementing controversial topics would benefit students academically.
"Teachers are contacting me from across the country and say they taught these things," said Kohls. "They taught these controversial issues and they never got complaints. What they got were compliments from parents. Parents who said these are the topics at the dinner table. They have academic and stimulating conversations with their families. This is what we learned and these are the different sides of the issue."
Jobe said she wants the board to focus on its teachers. This policy discussion comes at the same time teacher contracts are up for negotiation. It also comes during a time when Springboro is welcoming new leadership to key positions.
Springboro High School Principal Dr. Ron Malone announced he plans to retire at the end of the month.
The high school's main assistant principal, Jeff Renshaw, released a letter Tuesday stating he will be accepting a position at Miamisburg High School.
The letter read in part, "It is with a heavy and excited heart that I inform you I have been offered and accepted the job of assistant principal at Miamisburg High School. This move has everything to do with trying to improve my skill set so I am positioned to achieve my goal of being a building principal, as well as trying to do what is best for me and my family. With all I have been through the past 8 months, I have to do what puts my family and me in the best situation. I have said all along that I would be right where He wants me to be and my role is not to understand His plan, just to put 100% into making it work."
Also, during Tuesday's board meeting, members are expected to approve the following key appointments to the district's leadership team. Christine Daniel will be named Springboro High School Principal. Kyle Martin will transition from Assistant Principal at SHS to Springboro Intermediate Principal. Matthew Louis will join the district staff as Athletic Director. In addition, Jeff Blakley, the current Assistant Principal at the Junior High, was previously approved by the Board of Education for the job as Junior High Principal in May.
Kohls denied this policy is a way to divert attention from teacher negotiations.
A meeting is scheduled this Friday concerning teacher contracts.
2 NEWS is at the meeting. Complete coverage on 2 NEWS at 10 on Dayton's CW and 2 NEWS at 11.
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