As the governing body of the school district, the Board is legally responsible for the selection of
instructional materials. Since the Board is a policy-making body, it delegates to professional
personnel of the district the authority for the selection of instructional materials in accordance with
Board policies and regulations. Every effort will be made to ensure that instructional materials are
distributed equitably among the district's schools so that a balanced distribution of instructional
materials will occur. Free textbooks are provided in grades K-12.
Materials for the school classrooms and school libraries will be selected by the appropriate
professional personnel, in consultation with the administration. When the budget for the year is
approved in final form by the Board, the superintendent or designee shall direct the purchase of
books, supplies, equipment and other instructional materials required, within the limits of the
adopted budget. The superintendent or designee shall audit all claims and submit to the Board for
approval and authorization for payment.
It is the responsibility of the professional staff to select instructional materials of the highest quality
that will support the educational curriculum and goals of the district. Consideration should be given
to all available textbooks in the content area to provide opportunities for each child to realize his or
her greatest potential through education.
The value and impact of any textbook, library or other instructional material will be judged as a
whole, taking into account the purpose of the material rather than individual and isolated expressions
or incidents of the work. Multi-cultural, disability-aware and gender-fair concepts will be included
among other criteria for selection of materials.
The district shall preferentially procure educational materials, including textbooks and collected
materials, from vendors who make the materials available in either Braille format or electronic
format which is computer-readable in a form approved by the Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education, at no greater cost than for regular materials.
Selection of Resources
It is the responsibility of the professional staff to choose instructional resources of the highest quality
that support the educational curricula of the district. The Board of Education expects staff members
to include in the curricula those topics, strategies and materials, relative to the maturity and needs
of students in accordance with district policy, that will produce an informed person who is able to
deal intelligently and rationally with problems and issues with which he or she is or will be
confronted as a member of society.
Staff members, in examining various and sometimes opposing sides of an issue, are expected to
promote objectivity and critical analysis.
Instructional strategies may often include resources from opposing sides of issues so that students
may practice, under guidance, the skills of analytical reading, writing, thinking and discussion.
Before the study of any topic, teachers will have considered the following:
1. Its appropriateness to the course.
2. Its appropriateness for the maturity level of the students.
3. The approach to instruction.
4. The teaching materials to be used.
Realizing that some parents, students, citizens, taxpayers and residents of Lindbergh Schools may
have concerns about academic topics and instructional resources used, administration and teachers
are expected to meet, if requested, with those individuals who have questions or concerns. At parent
request, alternate arrangements may be made available when studying or discussing an academic
issue of concern. Teachers will share such concerns with their school principal, and/or appropriate
central office administrators.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Revised: 05/11/2004; 03/09/2010
Cross Refs: DK, Payment Procedures
DN, Surplus School Property
KLB, Public Questions, Comments or Concerns Regarding
Legal Refs: §§ 170.051 - .171, RSMo.
Lindbergh Schools, St. Louis, Missouri
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