Books, Equipment, and Materials: Provision and Selection
The Board of Education recognizes that appropriate texts, both print and non-print, library reference facilities, maps and globes, laboratory equipment, audiovisual equipment, art supplies, athletic equipment, current periodicals, tests and questionnaires, and similar materials are the tools of the teaching profession. The Board of Education believes that at all times the schools should be as well equipped and maintained as possible within existing financial resources.
According to the provisions of law, regular and supplementary textbooks, library books, and such supplies, materials and equipment necessary to meet the needs of instruction in our schools shall be purchased by the District and loaned or furnished free of charge to all students.
The Superintendent or his/her designees shall oversee the selection of textbooks, instructional materials, other educational media and provision of equipment to staff. Evaluation and selection of materials shall be made by school administrators and teachers; teacher participation on curriculum committees and teacher consultation with administration for the purposes of recommending improvement in curriculum and materials is essential. The Superintendent and/or his designee shall establish guidelines for the selection process for materials.
Criteria used in the selection process will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Compatibility with the range of abilities, needs, and interests of students
- Accuracy and timeliness of knowledge and theory
- High standards of literary and artistic merit
- Inclusion of diverse points of view
- Inclusion of controversial issues in the field of study
- Representation of achievements and accomplishments of diverse groups
- Quality of production relative to cost.
The Board of Education may provide for the loan of currently used textbooks to non-public schools in the district as provided by law.
The disposition of old and obsolete textbooks shall be accomplished under direction of the Superintendent in accordance with state and district regulations..
(cf. 1230 - Complaints Regarding Instructional Materials)
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
10-228 Free textbooks, supplies, materials and equipment
10-228a Free textbook loans to pupils attending non-public schools
Adopted: May 16, 1988
Revised: May 1, 2012