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  1. 1. SECTION 500 512.07BUSINESS MANAGEMENT POLICY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES MANAGEMENT MEDIA In order to help fulfill the educational goals and objectives of the school district,the Craven County Board of Education strives to provide supplementary materials,equipment and supplies, which will enrich and support the curriculum while improvingliteracy and technological skills. Materials also should be representative of the richdiversity of our nation and appropriate for the maturity levels and abilities of the students.Legal References: G.S. 115C-47, -98bAdopted by NB-CC March 20, 1986. Revised by CC March 21, 1996 and October 15, 2007.
  2. 2. SECTION 500 512.07BUSINESS MANAGEMENT REGULATION EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES MANAGEMENT: MEDIAProcedures for acquisition of materials and equipment:1. Proper acquisition of instructional materials and equipment should: --provide media that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration individual needs and the varied interests, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and maturity levels of the students served; --provide media that stimulates growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards; --provide a background of information enabling students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives; --provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that students may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical thinking and of critical analysis of all media; --provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups in our nation and the contributions of these groups to our American heritage; --place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in selecting media of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the uses.2. Individual teaching and learning styles, the curriculum, and the existing collection are given consideration in determining the needs for resources in individual schools. After a careful needs assessment, resources considered for purchase are judged on the basis of the following criteria: --Purpose: Overall purpose and its direct relationship to instructional objectives/curriculum --Reliability: Accurate, authentic, up-to-date, authoritative treatment: Clear, skillful, well-organized, unbiased, comprehensive, well-balanced --Technical Quality: Relevant to content, sound and visuals consistent with state- of-the-art capabilities --Format: Well-organized, attractive, appropriate --Construction: Durable, manageable
  3. 3. --Possible Uses: Individual, small group, large group, introduction, in-depth study, remediation, enrichment3. Each school should have a building-level Media and Technology Advisory committee (MTAC) whose members are responsible for assisting media and technology professionals in the selection process and the building-level challenge of materials. This committee, appointed by the principal and co-chaired by the school library media coordinator and the technology facilitator, should also consist of: --Principal --Representative from each grade level or department --Representative from special areas --Parent representative --Student representative (at the middle and high school levels) It is suggested that the MTAC meet a minimum of three times each school year.4. In coordinating the selection and maintenance of media, the media specialist, assisted by the MTAC, should: --provide media that will enrich and support the educational program of the school; --use reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared selection tools when firsthand examination is not possible; --judge gift items by standard selection criteria and reserve the right to incorporate into the school collection only those meeting criteria standards; --Conduct an annual needs assessment; --Continuously weed worn and obsolete materials from the collection while meeting standards set by the SACSCASI, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, and Craven County School’s own weeding policy; --Conduct an annual hands-on inventory of the entire media collection and update records accordingly; --Abide by all copyright laws regarding print and non-print materials.
  4. 4. Procedures for reconsideration of materials:Occasionally objections to some materials may be voiced by the public despite the caretaken in the selection process or the qualifications of persons selecting the materials. Ifa complaint is made, the following procedures should be observed:1. Be courteous, but make no commitments. Remember that all parents who question are not censors, but rather have a right to know about materials their child is using.2. Explain to the complainant the school selection procedure, criteria, and the composition and function of the MTAC.3. Invite the complainant to file his/her objections in writing and give him/her a copy of the form, Citizens Request for Reconsideration of Educational Media (see attached), for submitting a formal complaint to the MTAC.4. Suspend the use of that material for that particular student pending a decision of the committee.5. Within 10 days, appoint an Ad Hoc Reconsideration Committee to be composed of the media specialist, teacher representatives, the principal, representatives from the community, and the Associate/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction as a minimum number to review the material. The Associate/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, and/or his/her designee, shall work with the principal in selecting committee members, gathering and explaining data relating to the material in question and have no vote on the matter except in case of a tie. The Ad Hoc Reconsideration Committee should: --examine the challenged material; --survey appraisals of the materials in professional reviewing sources; --weigh merits against alleged faults to form opinions based on the material as a whole and not on passages isolated from context; --meet to discuss the material and prepare a report on it;
  5. 5. --file a copy of the report with the principal, Superintendent, Associate/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, and media specialist; --inform the complainant of the decision of the committee; --upon completion of the reconsideration process, recommend that the challenged material be retained, restricted or withdrawn.6. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Reconsideration Committee, he/she may appeal to the Craven County Board of Education as per the current grievance policy.7. The final decision of the Craven County Board of Education shall be delivered to the complainant and the Reconsideration Committee.Receive as information by NB-CC March 20, 1986. Revised February 16, 1989, March 21, 1996, and October 15, 2007.
  6. 6. CITIZENS REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF EDUCATIONAL MEDIATitleSpecify type of media by item: book, film, filmstrip, recording, etc.Author/artist/composer/producer, etc.Publisher/producer (if known)Request initiated byAddressComplainant represents: (Name of organization) (Identify other group)1. To what in the item do you object? (Please be specific; cite pages, frame, etc.)2. What do you feel might be the result of reading/viewing/listening to this item?3. For what age group would you recommend this item?4. Is there anything good about this item?5. Did you read/view/listen to the entire item?6. Are you aware of the evaluation of this item by authoritative sources?7. What do you believe is the theme of this item?8. What would you like your school to do about this item? Do not assign it to any child Withdraw it from all students as well as from my child Refer it to the media review committee for reevaluation9. Would you care to recommend other library material of the same subject and format? Signature of Complainant DatePlease return completed form to school principal or media coordinator.