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Location for Book Challenge Meeting Changed to Courthouse, No Tickets Required Now


Feb. 26, 2014. The Watauga County Board of Education meeting regarding the use of The House of the Spirits will be held in courtroom one of the Watauga County Courthouse at 842 West King Street instead of at the Board of Education/Margaret Gragg Education Center as originally planned.  

The members of the Board of Education changed the venue for the meeting based on the recommendations of local law enforcement.

The meeting will still take place at the original time of 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.  Doors to the building will open at 6:00 p.m.

The courthouse provides seating for approximately 205 people, about twice the capacity of the original location.  Tickets will not be required to attend the meeting, though admission may be limited if required to comply with fire safety standards.

The meeting is not a forum for public comments. Only the teacher in whose class the book is used and the parent who is appealing its use will make statements to the Board of Education.   

The review process for hearing objections to books and other media used in the Watauga County Schools is governed by the Board of Education policy 4.02.40, “Selection and Use of Educational Media.”  This and any Board of Education policy is available under the WCS District link on the Watauga County Schools website (www.watauga.k12.nc.us) or on request from a school office.