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Published September 28, 2009, 03:30 PM

Superintendent stands by decision regarding Presidential Speech

The Grand Forks school superintendent says he stands by his decision not to show President Obama's speech to students, but there are things he would have done differently.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

The Grand Forks school superintendent says he stands by his decision not to show President Obama's speech to students, but there are things he would have done differently.

A group of citizens again spoke to the school board tonight about the decision not to show the speech "live."

Nybladh says looking back, he wouldn't have said "not" to show the speech, but would have told teachers to go ahead and show the speech if parents had been properly notified.

The school board realizes that no matter what decision they would have made not everyone was going to be happy.

Dr. Larry Nybladh. "It had to do with the timing to give parents the prior notification and the opportunity to opt out. And again people can disagree with that approach, but that was the essence. It had nothing to do with what i thought, ive already said publicly and elsewhere i was never worried about the speech personally."

The school board has decided to make a DVD copy of the speech available in every school allowing teachers to show the speech should they choose to do so.

Grand Forks' Valley Middle School is planning to show the speech to students.

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