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After receiving no public comment during a hearing on the acceptance of updated sex education materials, Box Elder School District Board of Education members approved the new materials at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 17.

“Coaching Boys Into Men” is part of the approved program that will be taught to young athletes by their respective coaches once per week taking 15 minutes per lesson. The main objective is to emphasize that violence never equals strength. Topics will include respectful relationships and how to stop harassment, abuse and sexual assault in a way that works.

Corey Thompson, District Facilities Director, recommended that the bid for the new adult/community high school, named “Phoenix,” be accepted. Demolition of the old Dale Young facility in Brigham City is underway.

Thompson then presented projects under construction or repair this summer. Willard Elementary School is being renovated from flooding throughout the building due to an irrigation water head gate malfunction. During the construction, a termite problem was uncovered and is also being rectified.

Hopefully the project will be finished in time to welcome scholars by the end of August. In the meantime, a line of sand bags is in place to divert any possible recurrence of excess irrigation water.

Tennis courts and new restrooms for Box Elder High School and new bleachers at Bear River High School are on the hopeful list for completion prior to school beginning in August. Entrances are being changed in several schools so visitors will go directly into the office, and new no-wax vinyl tile has been placed in some schools, saving janitorial time and funds. Lake View Elementary will have new dropoff and pickup lanes to the south of the school.

Thompson will head the committee to develop a long-term plan for district construction and improvement. Included in the plan will be suggestions on continued repair or replacement of several older schools in the district.

During the meeting, Superintendent Steve Carlsen stated that the district has declined to participate with Brigham City officials in the planned recreational building in Brigham City.

The next board meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Independent Life Skills Center in Brigham City.

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