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Originally published: 2014-01-16 18:50:26
Last modified: 2014-01-16 18:51:11

Final appeal made in book challenge

by Allison Haver

Chastity Lesesne, a Watauga High School parent challenging the selection of a sophomore honors English book, "The House of the Spirits," has filed a final formal appeal with Watauga County Schools.

According to Watauga County Schools' public information officer Marshall Ashcraft, Lesesne filed the appeal Tuesday afternoon and it will be on the agenda for the next Watauga County Board of Education meeting on Feb. 10. 

"However, the board could choose to actually hear and decide on the appeal at a different time," Ashcraft said in an email.

This is the third and final appeal made by Lesesne.

For the past three months, two committees have reviewed the book. In October, the Media/ Technology Advisory Committee for Watauga High School reviewed the novel and unanimously voted to retain the book. Interim Superintendent David Fonseca reported that the second review committee, comprised of Fonseca, other county educators and a community representative, also found the book retainable.

Through board policy, if the complainant is not satisfied with the review committee's decision he or she may file a written appeal with the Watauga County Board of Education within 15 school days of the decision.

According to Ashcraft, Lesesne still had five school days left in which to file the appeal. The board policy states that on such challenges, the board of education will hear the final appeal directly.