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605.1 Instructional Materials Selection

Code No. 605.1 


The board has sole discretion to approve instructional materials for the school district. This authority is delegated to licensed employees to determine which instructional materials, other than textbooks, will be utilized by and purchased by the school district. 

In reviewing current instructional materials for continued use and in selecting additional instructional materials, licensed employees will consider the current and future needs of the school district as well as the changes and the trends in education and society. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to report to the board the action taken by licensed employees. 

In the case of textbooks, the board will make the final decision after receiving a recommendation from the superintendent. The criteria stated above for selection of other instructional materials will apply to the selection of textbooks. The superintendent may develop another means for the selection of textbooks. Textbooks are reviewed as needed. 

Education materials given to the school district must meet the criteria established above. The gift must be received in compliance with board policy.

The superintendent will establish additional criteria to guide the selection of instructional materials through administrative regulation, ensuring alignment with educational goals and compliance with laws. 

NOTE: This is not a mandatory policy. The board may edit the policy and regulation to reflect its philosophy, goals and practices.

Legal Reference:     Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013). 

281 I.A.C. 12.3(12). 

Cross Reference:     208 Ad Hoc Committees 

505 Student Scholastic Achievement 

602 Curriculum Development 

605 Instructional Materials 

Approved  2/8/17, Reveiwed: , Revised 6/14/23

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA