Sunday September 23, 2012

Vt. school board votes down motion on pledge

%reldate(2012-09-23T16:02:48 Eds: APNewsNow.

HYDE PARK, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont school board is divided on whether it should recite the Pledge of Allegiance before its meetings.

In 5-3 and 5-4 votes, the Lamoille Union District No. 18 School Board twice this month rejected a motion to say the pledge at the beginning of every meeting. More than 25 people, many of them veterans who carried small flags and red poppies, showed up at the second vote to express support for the motion.

Board member David Whitcomb tells the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/QN8Ef0 ) the pledge should be a ritual at all meetings to show appreciation for the flag and the country.

Board member Kalee Roberts, who voted against the pledge motion, says the board has voted twice on the matter and it's time to move on.