FARMINGTON — The Davis School District superintendent and school board president said they plan to meet with representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities soon.
“We have found by sitting around a table in a meeting, we can solve problems,” said Dr. Bryan Bowles, the district’s superintendent.
Weston Clark, his partner and their young son were joined by about 10 others from the LGBT community Tuesday at the district’s school board meeting. They had hoped they would be informally introduced to the school board.
Clark, who graduated from Woods Cross High School and taught social studies at Viewmont High School, said he and the others hoped they could first introduce themselves to the school board and then have an informal conversation about “In Our Mothers’ House,” a picture book about a lesbian couple raising a family.
Right at the beginning of Tuesday’s board meeting, School Board President Marian Storey said she was aware there were people there who came for an issue that was not on the agenda. She also said the board would not be addressing any issues that were not on the agenda.
The agenda included a public hearing on the district’s proposed budget and then voting on the 2012-2013 district budget.
Clark said he submitted a request to discuss issues surrounding the removal of the book from school library shelves. A seven-member district committee on April 30 voted 6-1 to keep the book off shelves.
“We need to discuss this publicly,” Clark said in the hallway of the district’s office during the regular school board meeting.
“I’m hurt and sad this has happened,” he said.
Heidi and Jamie Justice, of Layton, attended the meeting hoping to introduce themselves to the school board. They did meet with Storey for a few minutes after the meeting. Storey told the couple she would be happy to meet with them and others to discuss the issue.
Both women were raised in Utah and said they hope to have children soon.
“This decision could potentially affect our children, and we worry about other kids,” Heidi Justice said.
Bowles said the entire school board will not meet with the group because then, by law, it would become a public meeting. Bowles said besides himself and a few other district officials, Storey and possibly two other school board members will meet with the group.
“Then if it is necessary, we will meet with the entire school board.”