SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) - There will not be a vote in Springboro tonight on a proposal to teach creationism in the district.
School Board president Kelly Kohls told 2 NEWS tonight's meeting at 7:00 will be a first reading, and the pubic is welcome to comment.
Kohls said a vote on the issue has not been scheduled.
The Springboro Board of Education took on the issue less than two weeks ago, and this isn't the first time. The board discussed this back in 2011 but decided not to pursue it.
Those in support of the proposal say it's about critical thinking, and being fair and balanced. They contend, if teachers talk about evolution, creationism should also be taught, so they aren't indoctrinating students to any one idea.
Board member Jim Rigano told 2 NEWS it's about helping the students' overall maturity.
Outgoing high school principal Dr. Ron Malone said it's a matter of community choice.
"Its one of those things that I think the community has to decide who they want teaching their children things of a religious nature," said Malone.
But some parents believe creationism was introduced to divert attention away from a bigger issue of teacher negotiations.
The Springboro Education Association recently 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, and they are in negotiations now.
Kohls said the two issues are separate and the curriculum discussion is in no way a means to shift attention away from contract talks.
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