People filled the Wynona Thompson Auditorium Tuesday night to voice their opinions on resources that support existing school curriculum.

Comments from former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson, Cody High School students, and the public went on for the majority of the six-hour meeting.

Simpson, who received an ovation when he got up to speak, was the final speaker. All but four of the 39 people who signed up spoke.

The majority spoke in favor of adopting the curriculum, including Simpson who said Cody schools made him successful.

“I didn’t graduate ‘cum laud,’ I graduated ‘thank the laudie,’” he said.

He said there is no place for paranoia on either side of the topic discussion.

“Give it up,” he said.

Simpson said he hoped the audience and school board heard what the students had to say during the evening.

At one point board chairman Jake Fulkerson asked a group of students to refrain from holding up placards they brought in support of the teachers and curriculum. They complied without resistance or comment.

“I’m excited how the meeting went,” Fulkerson said Wednesday morning. “I was really pleased with the civility of the room.”

He also was pleased how Cody citizens came together.

“There was a wide range of viewpoints,” he said. “I support all the actions the board took.”

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