School Board members will vote Tuesday on a policy that would replace the district’s current policy regarding the use of restrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.

The proposed policy — written by the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom conservative Christian organization and presented for adoption in Morton by board member Jeff Schmidgall — requires that public school restrooms and locker rooms be used only by members of the same biological sex.

A large crowd is expected to attend the 6:30 p.m. board meeting, so it has been moved from the Morton School District offices to the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center at Morton High School.

The school district has for years addressed concerns involving transgender students on an individual basis using input from professional staff. Attorney Dennis Triggs has advised the district to continue doing that until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.

It was announced Friday that the Supreme Court will decide if the Obama administration can require public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker room that align with their gender identity.

An administrative procedure recommended by the Illinois Association of School Boards and supported by Triggs that guides the Morton School District on how to carry out its current corresponding policy on transgendered students will be discussed Tuesday.

A lengthy and sometimes heated discussion about the ADF policy at the Oct. 4 Morton School Board meeting led to an unusual closed session that interrupted an open meeting.

Schmidgall and board members Shad Beaty and Tom Neeley expressed support at the Oct. 4 meeting for the ADF policy.

“I’m concerned with what’s best for all students in our district,” Schmidgall said.

Board members Michelle Bernier, Kelly Scarfe, Shaun Bill and Clint Heinold said they oppose the ADF policy, mainly because they believe the district would face the threat of lawsuits if the policy was adopted.

Plus, Scarfe said, “it’s important to approach this discussion with kindness. Each student should be treated individually and confidentially. The proposed policy doesn’t do that.”

Schmidgall said board members should vote without fearing lawsuits and he believes the current administrative procedure could lead to an invasion of privacy.

Mandy Swartzendruber, who has two daughters in the district and is a social scientist, said she plans to speak at Tuesday’s board meeting against the ADF policy.

In a letter sent to board members, she wrote that children born with a difference in sexual development would be “outed” by the ADF policy and it could lead to them avoiding a public bathroom for fear of being harassed or assaulted.

She also criticized public comments made by some audience members at the Oct. 4 board meeting.

“There are no statistics in any ... journals that substantiate the heinous fears and slanderous comments made by parents,” she wrote. “To say (at a televised meeting) that someone’s child is a sexual predator? It was painful to watch.”

Swartzendruber wrote that she grew up in Morton as did her great-grandparents, grandparents and parents. And her great-great-grandparents came over on a boat from the Baden area of Germany, like many other Morton families.

“We’ve all lived together with our differences for hundreds of years and we’ve never had separate bathrooms,” she wrote. “Keep Morton kind.”

The Journal Star contacted the ADF. A time was set up Friday for a reporter to speak with one of the group’s attorneys, but the attorney did not answer the call nor a follow-up call.