Lancaster Schools delay vote on Gender Policy

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Lancaster Central School District has drawn up a new policy addressing transgender students, but the Board isn’t ready to approve it yet.

about twenty residents spoke at Monday evening’s four hour School Board meeting. Most were opposed to the proposed policy which would allow students who consistently identify with the opposite gender to use the restroom and locker rooms of that opposite gender.

School Board President Patrick Uhteg says it’s an issue that all school districts will have to deal with. He points out that State and federal law makes it clear that schools cannot discriminate against transgender or neutral gender students.

Lancaster resident Mary Kless was opposed. “The minority is being catered to over the rights and wishes of the majority just because of feelings and emotions.”

Resident Rebecca Young said :”We’re all aware that this is a societal issue, but our schools are not the place to make the first changes. Our schools are the last place for societal experiments such as what we’re proposing.”

In the end the Board voted 6 to 1 to delay the vote. The earliest it can be voted on would be January 11.

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