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Officials 'tune in' to parent concerns

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

During February's school board meeting, a debate about music played on Clay Community School (CCS) buses ensued in response to parent complaints about children learning what they deem "inappropriate lyrics."

"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.

"I don't think there should be any music on the bus," Adams said. "Let them listen to what their parents want them to listen to on their personal music devices. Doing so will enhance safety and make it safer for the students and the other citizens driving, and the bus drivers can hear the sirens."

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."

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Parents are really going to waste their time on something as useless as this? Anywhere you go around school you hear way worse things than edited music. Why not just drive your child to school if you want your children to listen to WWJD music! Or better yet just yank your kid out of school and send them to a Christian School. No matter what your kids will hear worse things than 100.7 music at Brazil's lovely schools.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Tue, Feb 21, 2012, at 8:42 PM

There are more important things happening in the school system-or the lack there of-then to be discussing this. There should be no music playing on the buses-period! It is a distraction to the driver, then there is fights over what should be played. Then if you do decide to play WBGL then you are opening the school corp up for a lawsuit. You cannot force a religious belief upon someone, in tail that is what you will be doing. More imporatant needs to be discussed like how to make the education better for the children, maybe get the majority of the schools passing grades. As a taxpayer I am offended that this is what was discussed at a school board meeting-UNREAL that the members thought this was an important topic. Then to also read that they did a survey on FACEBOOK! Yeah that got to all the parents to make this an accurate survey.

-- Posted by smoke20fan on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 8:21 AM

My children do not like 100.7, so it would not hurt their feelings any if the bus driver tuned off of that station. No matter what station is put on, there will always be the few unhappy parents. Play Christian music on a public school bus, and we will have the parents complaining because their kids are listening to music that does not fit into their religious beliefs, after all, why would our children be allowed to listen to Christian music when prayer and the pledge are supposedly not allowed in public schools? I am not for or against turning off the radio, but I will say nothing will please everybody.

-- Posted by Papaw's Kids on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 8:24 AM

As a school corporation we have alot more problems than the music are kids hear on the bus.They hear worse stuff at school even out of teachers mouths than on the radio.Why dont you but your effort in to the kids grades, finding tutoring,stop bulling,stopping teachers from telling kids no telling allowed when there being bulling. Maybe your just using this so us Parents wont worry about the money your gonna spend on the bus garage.And on that your bus drivers can hang out at your new main office

-- Posted by kd323 on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 8:58 AM

I think before all the people commenting on this article criticize the teachers they should at the very least learn to use the spell check feature on their computers. That being said the problem with passing school grades is not on the teachers & administrators only, PARENTS have a RESPONSIBILITY in their child's education as well. Every time there is an article related to the school system on here people use it as a teacher bashing. This is about other parents complaints about music. If you people have a problem with other issues go to the public board meetings a express them there. As for the music on the buses turn it off completely.

-- Posted by sjane4 on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 10:49 AM

I didn't know the school has a facebook page.

-- Posted by Ketchup on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 6:19 PM

You want a problem at North Clay, I've got em by the boat load, the most recent yesterday, my child when handed a paper the teacher gave out to each student, responded, "Thank You " that teacher then screamed for my child to sit in the hall for the remainder of the class,when trying to tell the teacher what was said, she screamed don't say that again, get in the hall. I'm so exhausted from the same crap out there its soooo pathetic, my kid and everyone else's is being shortchanged in math and science if they have these teachers.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Thu, Feb 23, 2012, at 12:03 PM

It's been a long time since I've had a child in school but I have to admit this seems pretty ridiculous to me. The main problem I remember with the schools was a lack of coordination between the teachers concerning homework assignments. As in, sometimes my kids would be burdened with large homework assignments from several teachers, all on the same day. When that happened, all the families plans for the evening would sometimes have to be changed.

If you wonder why kids learn to hate school. Unreasonable homework assignments are probably the top cause. That's a far bigger problem than what radio station plays on the bus.

-- Posted by bowman on Fri, Mar 2, 2012, at 5:23 PM

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