SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) - Emotions ran high at Springboro's Board of Education meeting Thursday night as the board discussed the controversial topic of teaching creationism in the schools.
Board Vice President Jim Rigano says the proposed policy doesn't just focus on that.
"It's about controversial issues and creation , evolution being one of those and the policy is being brought forward for a couple reasons. One is we don't want to be indoctrinating students to any particular point of view. We want to make sure that all sides are being taught in a fair and balanced way and, then,also, we want to encourage critical thinking," says Rigano.
Some parents voiced their concerns over separation of church and state.
"I think this school board likes to play politics and likes to play games. This is merely a means for them to introduce their specific ideology. I don't think they're at all interested in teaching our kids critical thinking," comments David Bowman.
And other parents believe this is a distraction to divert attention away from a bigger issue of teacher negotiations.
This comes a day after the Springboro Education Association gave authority to grant a 10 day notice to strike if current negotiations do not result in a contract settlement.
"The teachers have not had a fair pay increase since 2006-2007. They're in negotiations now. They're pushing the teachers or driving them, in my opinion, to go on strike. They don't work with them and they don't want to compensate them fairly," says Sarah Jobe.
But Rigano says that's simply not the case.
"We're dealing with a lot of issues and we can't stop talking about things just because we're in negotiations," comments Rigano.
The school board is expected to vote on this policy at its next meeting June 4th.
As far as contract negotiations with teachers, two meetings are scheduled for next month.
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