A proposed Nebo school policy would promote only "healthy, responsible lifestyles" and would prohibit any curriculum that promotes "perversion" and promiscuity.

Architects of the proposed "healthy, responsible lifestyles policy and procedure," an updated version of Nebo's 13-year-old "maturation" policy, presented it to the Nebo Board of Education last week.The proposed policy would establish and empower a 12-member board to review - and possibly deny - curriculum materials for use districtwide. The board will include five non-educators, five educators, one school nurse and one school board member. District curriculum coordinator Nedra Call would serve as a non-voting chairwoman.

The proposed policy directs the committee to allow only information, materials, books or media that "promote the importance of marriage and the family; abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage; the preservation of decency; healthy personal and family relationships; appropriate spiritual and moral development; personal development; physiological growth and hygiene."Additionally, under the policy, the committee would disapprove any curriculum discussing "perversion, use of contraception, promiscuity and having an abortion, except when presenting the negative consequences thereof."

Materials selected for use in individual schools would be reviewed by local school advisory boards based on the policy. However, members of the "healthy, responsible" committee reserve the right to reject or accept material already approved or denied by the advisory boards.

"We're trying to tighten, not loosen, strings and not let so many things go unchecked," said Call, who also served on the group that wrote the policy. "That was one of the reasons the committee felt our existing policy needed updating."

Others in the group agreed, saying teachers and school districts have gotten mixed signals because of state requirements on sex-education curricula.

`This is our attempt to strengthen the position of teachers, parents, administrators and schools," said Larry Kimball, district director of secondary education.

Residents and parents in attendance praised the proposal.

"Only when materials presented in the schools are of a decent nature can we truly gather the children of the district in out of the life-threatening cold," said Laurie Updike, a local member of the conservative Eagle Forum.

The board is expected to take action on the policy in its next meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 9. That meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the district offices, 350 S. Main, Spanish Fork.