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 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.
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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 related information.
Revised: 09/10/1998; 01/13/2000
Cross Refs: DK, Payment Procedures
DN, Surplus School Property
KLB, Public Questions, Comments or Concerns Regarding Instructional/Media/
Legal Refs: §§ 170.051 - .171, RSMo.
St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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