Lyon County School District Calls for Change in Sex Education Curriculum

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DAYTON, Nev. -- The fate of a controversial curriculum was discussed at the Lyon County School Board Tuesday night. The issue circled the need for new sex education curriculum, but what exactly will educators be teaching?

The law requires schools in Nevada to provide sex education, but the problem began when students started complaining the district's curriculum wasn't meeting their needs. The policy was revised with a proposed new curriculum, but its language raised concern in the community and now parents and even School Board members are calling for a change.

"I have read through it and a lot of the things I don't agree with," parent Jennifer Overlock said.

Some things that make the proposed curriculum seem out of touch to Overlock, who has a son in the seventh grade at Dayton Intermediate School.

"For {School Board} to not be okay with it either makes me happy," she said.

The revised proposal contained "questionable language" about what it deemed inappropriate sexual behavior like homosexuality and promiscuity.

"There's really no room for that in the policy. The policy is meant for the board to direct a committee to develop a curriculum to meet the requirements of the {Nevada Revised Statutes}," John Stevens, Lyon County School Board president, said.

The NRS requirements include providing programs relative to human growth and development and sexuality to fourth grade through high school.

"The policy existed from '89 'til now and it was unnecessary," Stevens said.

The School Board voted to remove the language and, instead, create a committee to write an entirely new curriculum that meets both the needs of the students and NRS requirements.

"Lyon County does have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state and our current curriculum is someone limited in scope," he added. "{Students} would like to see more instruction in there, more instruction in there, more science based, factual instruction and hopefully that's what the committee provides."

The School Board is looking for at least five people to be on the community who aren't administrators. If you want to volunteer, contact the school district Superintendent, Keith Savage. They hope to have a new committee by the next school board meeting in 30 days.