The Corvallis School Board voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt a policy detailing the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming students.

The board discussed the policy extensively during a busy meeting which also included updates on a district financial strategic plan and the selection of contractors for the district's $200 million bond levy.

Board members voted on about a dozen proposed amendments to the proposal. The meeting was the fourth this fall in which the board reviewed and edited the policy.

Thursday night’s edits included changes to make it clear all students are allowed to express the gender identity of their choice, not just students who are transgender or gender nonconforming.

Board Chair Vince Adams said this was necessary to avoid creating a protected category of students who have more rights than their peers.

The board also made other changes to language suggested by Corvallis attorney Lorena Reynolds, who has been contributing to the policy.

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