School board considers advertising policy, may allow some religious promotional materials in schools

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The Natrona County School District Board of Trustees approved on first reading a change to the district’s policy regulating what kind of community interest promotions may be shown in schools.

The trustees passed the changes on first reading during their Monday, March 11 school board meeting. They’ll need to pass the changes on third reading before the new rules would become official.

The district’s policy currently does not allow partisan, political, for-profit or religious promotions on its campuses. The board is considering striking the exclusion of some religious promotional material, allowing for things like “Vacation Bible Camp” posters to be hung in schools, once receiving the appropriate permission from the district.

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“If there is doubt as to the appropriateness of a communication in a given situation, the school principal will confer with the Superintendent or his designee,” the policy reads.

“All posters requesting to be distributed to schools must be approved by the Public Relation’s Office,” the district’s flier distribution policy states. “While posters are approved at the district level, hanging is at the discretion of the principal.”

The school board’s next official meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8.