Despite a dissenting opinion by one committee member, the School District of Mauston Human Growth and Development Advisory Committee decided to uphold its recommendation to make minor changes to its current curriculum in light of the recently passed Healthy Youth Act.
"The only things that we are adding is the impact of media, criminal implications [of underage sex] and the community resource guide," said district Director of Curriculum and Instruction Lynette Livingston.
With over 20 community members in attendance at its 12:30 p.m. meeting Friday, the committee allowed 15 minutes of public comment before discussing whether to opt in, or make the required changes to the district's current sex education curriculum, or to opt out by discontinuing any instruction on the subject.
Committee member and parent Ron Brunner Jr. said he was concerned with how teachers may interpret the vague language of the bill and curriculum if the district continued instruction in sex education.
"I can't really nail down what exactly is going to be taught," he said. "It's just all over the place."
The Mauston School Board will hold its next regular meeting Sept. 20 where it will hear the committee's report and make a final decision.