South Bend School Corporation says no to Hillary Clinton at Washington H.S.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning to come to South Bend on Friday.

But she will not be appearing at South Bend Washington High School as originally thought.

South Bend Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Robert Zimmerman informally polled school board members about the Clinton town hall meeting at Washington.

According to board member Bill Sniadecki, six members said no.

Sniadecki says he was the lone board member in favor.

“I did talk to a couple of the other board members, and they expressed a like or dislike for a candidate. And I told them that was not what this is about,” explained Sniadecki. “Our kids, and myself, still undecided who to vote for. This is an opportunity to do some positive for our schools and a learning curve for our kids.”

I talked to school board member Dawn Jones Wednesday night.

She said she didn't vote against Hillary Clinton per se, but expressed concerns about allowing a public school to host one candidate without equal time for the others -- presumably Barack Obama and John McCain.

Board member Ann Rosen told me she had reservations because she was told of a standing district policy against political events during school hours because of disruptions to the school day.

The Clinton campaign hasn't released when she will be in town, but she also has stops in Hammond, Fort Wayne, and Muncie, so it will likely be in the morning.

State Representative David Niezgodski sent an open letter to the members of the South Bend school board, and the South Bend Community School Corporation at large denouncing their decision.

You can read the full text of his letter by clicking on the link above.

We'll have much more on this developing story both on the air and online here on wndu.com.


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