SISTERS, OR -- Some Sisters parents have voiced concerns over the school district's plan to attend a controversial adolescent sexuality conference in April. School Board Chairman Don Hedrick says the Seaside conference, which gained negative attention after a Portland TV station uncovered details of the event, is not exactly what some have reported. Sisters teachers who have attended the conference in the past, reported to a school board meeting this week to clarify things for the board and parents. "What they mainly talked about what they do here in our schools, and some of the things they've been doing for years. Their main focus, when they talk about sexuality, is on abstinence. That was probably the main message they sent to us," Hedrick told KBND. He went on to say, "Our teachers and our curriculum is very transparent, open to parents. And if parents don't like any part of it they can opt out. And I think the controversy, as I say, came from one speaker at one session and was pickedup by KOIN TV and bacame an issue."
The Sisters School District is the only one in Central Oregon reported to have signed up for the spring conference. Hedrick says after the content drew alarm last year, the Oregon's Department of Education announced it would monitor the next conference.