By Jesse Wood
Dec. 4, 2013. The second of two meetings of the appeal committee reviewing the parent challenge of “The House of the Spirits” novel has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. The meeting will take place at the Gragg Education Center on Pioneer Trail.
Marshall Ashcraft, spokesman for Watauga County Schools, said that Chastity Lesesne, the parent challenging the novel, and Mary-Kent Whitaker, the WHS sophomore English teacher that featured the book in her class, have both been invited to the meeting to share their opinions and thoughts on the matter.
“They were both invited,” Ashcraft said, “[But] I don’t know if they will choose to appear.”
If the review committee sees the material fit for the curriculum then Lesesne can file the third and final level of appeal, which would be heard at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting.
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