But the price tag of $82,000 to hire the chosen, final auditing firm was too high for some board members Monday evening and instead a majority of the five voted down that idea and adopted a new plan involving local community members.
The board approved by a 3-2 vote a plan where each member will choose a community resident to join a curricula audit committee.
Boddy, Adi and Board President Lynda O’Connor approved the new plan, while members Julie Shaffer and Kelley Casper voted against it.
Boddy attempted to modify the new plan by proposing each board member could pick two community members instead of one, but her motion died when no other board member seconded the idea.
“I do think it’s important our community values are represented in the curriculum,” O’Connor said in arguing for the local plan.
O’Connor called the hot-button issue for many a “distraction” that is drawing the board and district officials from other priorities.
Adi said “I want to know if it (CRT) is in our district or not. I want to make sure it doesn’t happen here. Let’s put this to bed.”
But member Kelley said the new plan is flawed, in part because “we as a board can’t agree on what CRT is.”
Fellow member Shaffer pointed out the district already has an established reporting system via the Lakota website, and other avenues, for any school parent or guardian who wants to alert district officials to possible examples of CRT instruction.
“I’m comfortable with the current resources we have,” said Shaffer.
No plans, timeline or details were discussed for the new CRT community committee.