"We've had a few parents express concerns about the music being played on (100.7 Mix FM)," board member Amy Burke Adams said. "There was a song by the Black-Eyed Peas in question and a talk show where the (radio personalities) discussed suicide by hanging, and a student went home and wanted to talk about it."
Several people in attendance voiced their opinions, and board members discussed several solution options.
Ultimately, no decision was made during the meeting, and the issue was tabled.
During the board meeting CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner said, "There isn't a song out there that isn't about drugs, boozing ... We need those (AM/FM) radio (stations) for when the bus drivers take the kids on field trips and such, so they know about inclement weather and traffic conditions."
But Adams said she knows of a few alternative technological devices, such as certain products manufactured by Garmin, a company that creates GPS systems and other similar transportation equipment, that CCS could invest in which would provide the weather and traffic information needed in these situations.
"This issue is evolving as we speak," CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker told The Brazil Times. "I am going to make a recommendation at the next board meeting to pull the policy before a second reading and submit new language to be considered as a guideline for the transportation handbook based on some survey information that we are currently receiving."
According to Adams, CCS officials have conducted two informal surveys via the school's Facebook page where they've asked parents what they'd prefer their children listen to and what music they consider is appropriate music for students ages 7-10 years-old.
Responses included a myriad of opinions, but most seemed to agree music should not be one of the corporation's main concerns.
"Most of the kids that ride the bus hear that stuff anyways at home, and they might hear some of it out of the mouths of other children at school or even on the bus, so I don't see the problem with them listening to the radio on the school bus," Tabitha Stantz commented.
While Krista Zac Shoemaker commented, "I personally do not allow my kindergartener to listen to 100.7 at home. I feel the music on that station (which is the station of choice) is extremely inappropriate for young kids."
Shawn Plano said, "Yeah, sounds like a good decision."
CCS student Karina Stitzle added, "My bus driver plays old country music, so it wouldn't break my heart if he stopped playing music altogether, as long as I can still listen to my iPod, I don't really mind. I mean, if a kid has an iPod, then they probably are listening to the same music that is on the radio anyway. But I think our school corporation has a lot more to worry about than something this small."
The majority of parents replied saying they'd prefer their child hear Christian music from 88.5 WBGL or a radio station called Air One.
"To date, no drivers have been directed to turn off the radio," Tucker said, "however, the drivers are certainly aware that the issue of music is on the minds of parents and board members."