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Port Chester Schools: Pledge is Still Said in School

School board say that it was a non-issue and that the Pledge of Allegiance has always been recited.

After some Port Chester parents raised concerns that the Pledge of Allegiance is not part of the daily routine at a local school, Port Chester school board members said Monday night that the Pledge is indeed a regular part daily routine in the district.

“The question somehow circulated in the community and the answer is that we are indeed saying the Pledge of Allegiance and have said the Pledge all along," School Board President James Dreves said. "Everybody does say the Pledge of Allegiance and I don’t want anyone to think we would be unpatriotic.”

Just after the start of the 2012-2013 school year this month, some parents raised concerns about the way the Pledge of Allegiance was being handled at King Street School.

After hearing those concerns, the principal of King Street School said a new system for the Pledge was being developed.

Samuel Ortiz, who is the 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 was 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.

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