West Clermont Board of Education approves novel for curriculum

A heated and passionate discussion on a book called “The Secret Life of Bees” dominated the West Clermont Board of Education’s regular board meeting April 23.

Requesting that the board approve the book to start being taught in both district high schools was the first item on superintendent Gary Brook’s agenda.

Citing the novel as inappropriate for students, two parents with children in the school district attended the meeting and addressed the board on the issue of whether or not the novel should be approved as part of the ninth and tenth grade curriculum.

Pierce Township resident Karen Pointer, who has a daughter of elementary age in the school district, called the novel “depressing garbage” in her remarks to the board before the adoption and approval motion for the novel was made.