Cañon City School District Superintendent Details Next Step In Education Sites For Proposed Transgender Policy – Canon City Daily Record

Cañon City School District Superintendent Adam Hartman provided an update Monday on educational sites regarding the proposed policy for transgender students.

The policy was presented to the school board on July 11 and completed its first reading on July 25, when it was approved for a second reading on August 8.

However, community backlash and calls for further review led to the policy being filed indefinitely on August 1.

The community turned out in droves for the August 8 school board meeting and 52 speakers took over two hours for residents to express their views, ideologies and hopes to the school board.

After a meeting with Hartman and school board chairman Robin Reeser on August 1, the Daily Record learned that the board and district plan to create single-site or multi-site educational sites to help the community in its together to understand the multilevel problem of transgender politics.

As part of the proposed education sites, Hartman sent requests into the community for potential neutral third-party negotiators who could help run the sites. He received three referrals from professional negotiators, none of whom live in the community.

On Monday, Hartman was able to speak with one of the candidates and left messages for the other two. He said that currently he hopes to find out each entity’s level of experience, their availability to help with educational sites and what they can charge for their services.

At this point, Hartman hopes to have this particular cog (if not others) regarding education sites in motion by the second school board meeting in November.

Like previous meetings since the unveiling of the transgender policy, several people signed up to address the council directly.

Husband and wife, Andy and Jenny Heggie, approached the board with their thoughts on the matter.

Andy thanked Treasurer, Todd Albrecht, for his son’s participation in Albrecht’s Encore! program at Canon City High School. According to Andy, his son was forced to deal with his natural shyness to grow into a more confident person.

“Have you modified your program to meet his needs? ” He asked. “No, you didn’t. And thank you. He did not obtain any special privileges. He was challenged and challenged…these kids don’t need to be pampered, and they don’t need the rules changed to accommodate their feelings.

Andy’s point of view was reinforced by his wife, Jenny, when it was her turn to speak.

“I am against this policy because it only serves feelings,” she said. “It’s harmful and takes away the innocence of our children – all of them. Please stop and ask yourself what the truth is. Is this policy based on truth or feelings? »

Eighth-grader Abby Hall was the lone supporter of the speaking out policy and began her speech to the council with several statistical points, including the rates of contemplated and attempted suicide among transgender students.

“Something that would be really helpful to learn would be… being able to be compassionate and to care about others who are different from them,” Hall said. “Passing this law would actually be a very big step toward a more inclusive future for this school district and the world.”

A concerned parent, Jeana Nelson, then spoke. Like other parents, she largely focused on what she believed to be the duties of parents and schools, respectively.

“There are things in life that are the duty of teachers to teach and parents to teach and nothing else,” she said. “This policy opens the door for schools to cross that line.”

Last to speak was Susan Jones, who briefly detailed but omitted the name of a board member who allegedly mocked those who opposed the policy. Jones claimed that 77% of those who spoke at the August 8 meeting were against the policy and commented that many of those who did “were in agony over their remarks”.

“How much more information about community values ​​do you need?” ” she asked. “It’s hard to believe that this council is truly interested in assessing the values ​​of the community based on this behavior. As such, I ask each of you to resign from this board immediately.

Hartman asked to respond, which Reeser agreed to. He said he understands the complicated situation the proposed policy presents and has never walked away from an angry meeting, but hopes every person in the community feels “confident and has courage like you.” five tonight did it to start the conversation. .”

He thanked the assembled group for showing decorum and also briefly addressed Jones’ statement. He said the policy was approached like all the other policies that preceded it, and that the board did their due diligence in trying to make the policy and its discussion more accessible.

“The idea of ​​a resignation, quite honestly, of five of the most dedicated people who are elected in this community because they are struggling with a complicated issue during difficult times – I don’t even have words for that. – I appreciate you, advice,” he said.

To view the school board meeting, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdYnqgGES9k.

The next school board meeting will be September 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Administration Building, located at 101 N. 14th St.