Local schools won’t watch Obama’s speech

Published 10:44 pm Friday, September 4, 2009

Local parents who might have been concerned with the possibility of their children listening to a message from President Barack Obama without their presence can breathe a sigh of relief.

Local school officials confirmed Friday that students wouldn’t watch the broadcast live.

Troy City Schools Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith said she met with her administrative team Friday morning and the team made a decision.

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“We will follow our regular classroom and workday routine,” Felton-Smith said.

Pike County Schools Superintendent Mark Bazzell said he was leaving that decision up to the local principals but said he believed the speech was intended for children older than 13.

“I’m leaving it up to the principals on a case-by-case basis,” Bazzell said.

Bazzell also noted that the schools didn’t have the technology to show it in mass to the whole student body.

Goshen High School Principal Al Griffin said his school wouldn’t be showing the broadcast live but would have a recorded version available.

“Right now at 11 a.m., that’s right in the middle of our transitions,” Griffin said.

Griffin said that during this time some students are going to lunch and others are returning from the Career Tech Center.

However, if Goshen’s senior government classes would like to use it on an instructional basis, Griffin said it will be available to them.

Pike County High School Principal Mike Hall said no one had expressed interest in watching the broadcast.

“No one has really expressed an interest (in watching the broadcast), Hall said. “What we’re going to do is record it, and if the teachers want to use it in the curriculum, it will be available.”

Pike Liberal Arts School Headmistress Ceil Sikes told The Messenger on Thursday the school would not be involved.