Curriculum Complaints Heard at New Brighton School Board Meeting

The featured image above shows a lion painting in the New Brighton High School Gymnasium.
Story by Curtis Walsh – Beaver County Radio. Published April 11, 2022 9:44 P.M.

(New Brighton, PA) The New Brighton Area School Board met for a committee meeting Monday night.  One citizen voiced their ongoing concern for a book that is currently a part of curriculum for 9th grade students by reading an excerpt of a mature situation to the board.  The novel, Speak, has been brought up at meetings previously for being seen as inappropriate by some parents, while the intended audience is for young adults.  Superintendent Dr. Joseph Gaurino commented that the district has no intentions of removing the book from curriculum and assured that students have optional alternatives if they are not comfortable with the novel. Another citizen had concerns over students being involved in suicide prevention programs, suggesting that the programs should be opt-in rather than opt-out.  Members of the board assured that the programs are state required and parents are given information about the programs beforehand.