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Port Chester Parents Concerned Over Pledge of Allegiance Lacking at School

New principal at King Street School says students will recite Pledge over PA system.

Some Port Chester parents are concerned that the Pledge of Allegiance is not part of the daily routine at a local school.

After hearing those concerns, the principal of  says a new system for the Pledge is being developed.

, who is th new principal at King Street, said there has been no formal or mandatory reciting of the Pledge for about 4 years.  After hearing concerns from parents, Ortiz says he is developing a schedule to have different classes recite the Pledge.

The classes would take turns in broadcasting the Pledge to the entire school over its public address system.

The issue of the Pledge of Allegiance has sparked a discussion on the Port Chester Patch Facebook page. What's your opinion on the Pledge of Allegiance in schools? Comment hear on Port Chester Patch or on the Port Chester Patch Facebook page.

Elizabeth Rotfeld September 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM
This is so ridiculous that im forced to respond. Conservative NYer i don't mean to attack you but you kinda started this whole negative mudslinging by attacking Mrs Obuch, Mr Ortiz and from the way i perceive it the whole KSS family. My 8 year old boy just led the Pledge at the Village 911 Ceremony. He learned it from home and it was reinforced on a daily basis in school each day. Kudos to Amy Simmons for bringing those on this post who obviously have no knowledge about KSS up to speed with regard to our fine school and how we celebrate america and pay tribute to our veterans and fallen soldiers. On another note i hope all of you are safe during this nasty storm.
Conservative NYer September 19, 2012 at 01:14 AM
No offense taken at all Elizabeth. I don't feel attacked either just for the record. There are those of us who CAN have civilized conversations and agree to disagree. (Obviously the above comments are not directed towards you.) I'm sorry that you feel that I have attacked Mrs. Obuch and Mr. Ortiz. I do believe I raised valid points as to WHY this would even happen in the first place. Everyone's opinions are always subjective, aren't they? I am just interpreting what I read in this news article and what I have been told by friends who have children that go to KSS. According to the news reporting from this article the statement reads: "After hearing concerns from parents, Ortiz says he is developing a schedule to have different classes recite the Pledge." There is a difference between questioning and attacking. I believe I was questioning why if you have read all of my above posts. Since Mr. Ortiz is new his predecessor, Mrs. Obuch (excuse me if I don't have the correct spelling of her name which I received from http://pc.westmorenews.com/atf.php?sid=16809 for those of you who said I spelled her name incorrectly) should be held just as accountable if not even more, IF this is the case.
Conservative NYer September 19, 2012 at 01:25 AM
The other question I have is WHY would there even be a need to "develop a schedule to have different classes recite the Pledge” IF there were one in place already? Can anyone answer that question? As I said in my previous post “As for reciting The Pledge of Allegiance I am pleased to know that Mr. Ortiz will be implementing a daily routine to say The Pledge of Allegiance, in the proper manner and respect in which it should always be said.” God Bless to ALL..
Bart Didden September 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Good Morning E. Nuff Sayd, My record as an elected official speaks for itself, so if you want to focus on events in which I participated in almost 6 years ago then that's okay. If my service in your eyes have not been honorable over the last 2 years and if you believe that a person can't rise to the Oath of Office than be sure to apply that standard to all the people around you as well as you hide behind your anonymity here on this blog. Port Chester Day, which is what the e-mail string was about (not school policies) which your referring to between me and the Mayor was about promoting a Village wide event to our residents. It had nothing to do about Spanish, Latinos or Hispanics. The fact is that in the most recent study the Village received states that Port Chester is almost 60% Hispanic. So when I wrote about Port Chester Day and promoting it to all of our residents, I knew that the majority of the people here in OUR Village is Hispanic and I don't serve separate constituencies. It is your Mayor, just like your President, that looks to separate and pit one group against another. But that is okay, you can continue to paint me as you wish and the next time I answer a constituent request for help I will just smile and know that I have served my Oath to work for everyone. I am sure that you will continue your quest of misinformation and slander as well.
Bart Didden September 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Sorry again @ E. Nuff Sayd, But your facts are wrong again. The first budget that I participated in creating just ended May 31, 2012. The audit from an external firm has just been completed and while we cut about 2 million dollars from the proposed planned spending supported by the Manager, Mayor Pilla and Trustee Brakewood, resulted in a SURPLUS of about $360,000.00, which will be put into the fund balance. Redistribution is not the answer, getting a job is the answer and becoming part of the solution of our growing debt. I complain about the amount of taxes we ALL pay here in Port Chester, not the rate that I pay vs. what you or anyone else pays. I continue to work on behalf of the whole and not the north, south, east or west parts of our Village.

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