Parents frustrated as BCSC board listens, but takes no action on anti-discrimination policy

Dozens of parents with children enrolled in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. said they were left feeling frustrated and uncertain on Monday after their calls for a change to the district’s anti-discrimination policy were not heeded.

An audience of about 60 people filled the M. Sue Pifer Terrace Room at the district administration building, where the seven-member BCSC school board heard comments on Monday from several parents concerned about the board’s recent decision to add “gender identity” to its list of protected classes.

Discussion of the district’s anti-discrimination policy was not specifically included on Monday’s meeting agenda, but the parents used the public dialogue portions of the meeting to voice their concerns. However, because the policy was not listed as an official agenda item, the board took no action based on the parents’ comments.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.