A controversial book will no longer be available for checkout from the Cody High School library.
The Cody School Board voted 5-1 Tuesday night on a lengthy motion which included removing the book “A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl,” by Tanya Lee Stone from the library.
Trustee Tom Keegan was the lone no vote, while trustee Jenni Rosencranse was not present for the vote.
Keegan objected to it on the grounds it was a slippery slope to ban a book.
“Where do you stop?” he questioned.
Trustee Scott Weber, who read the book and referred to it as “trashy,” said the board should be prepared for parents to come forward soon with more library books they deem inappropriate for students.
“There’s more to come,” he said.
The motion also moved the school to immediately implement the Alexandria library software to notify parents of books being checked out of district libraries by their children. It will include an opt out for parents who do not wish to be notified.
The motion also solved the issue of having the KEC committee – which is meant to approve learning materials – deciding the fate of a library book. Their recommendation, on a 7-2 vote, was to retain the book.
Chair Kelly Simone and trustee William Struemke thanked the committee for its work despite the outcome. Struemke also saw the meetings firsthand.
Struemke also brought a copy of the book to the meeting and read some passages because, he said, those that objected to its removal in the meeting did so without having read it.
After reading language in a couple of the scenes depicting sex, trustee Stefanie Bell asked him why he was reading from it.
“People need to know what they’re voting on,” he said.
After a back and forth between the two Simone cut off the conversation and they proceeded to vote, both Struemke and Bell in favor of the motion to remove the book.
The motion Tuesday included language that any request for reconsideration of library materials will follow the district chain of command all the way to the superintendent following submission of the form Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of a Book or Other Materials.
Trustee Rebecca George made the motion, and said in June they would revisit the matter and look at a more permanent policy fix.
During public input at Tuesday’s meeting there were a couple of comments on the book issue.
Powell elementary librarian Jennifer Lucas said while the book may not be appropriate for many students, for some it may be “just what they need to get through a tough time.”
Amanda Minor, the parent of a ninth grader at CHS who brought the book to the board’s attention, initially spoke in favor of Policy CKA, which if passed would allow for qualified armed personnel in the Cody School District. She then connected it to the book and other books she deems inappropriate at the library.
“We want to support [books on] murder and rape in the school library and then become all crazy when it comes to guns to protect our kids,” she said.