Wise Men To Stay!
Board votes unanimously to not take action for removal
By Ken DeLaat
Newaygo School Board President Vince Grodus addressed the crowd after the board came out of a closed session and delivered this motion:
“The Board has no desire to remove the display at this time.”
The crowd of nearly all of the 50 some folks who turned out responded with cheers and applause and after a unanimous roll call vote supporting the action the controversy over the Wise Men was put to rest for now.
The board heard from 10 people during the public comment with each voicing their desire to have the Wise Men remain in their place citing a tradition that has spanned over 7 decades and encouraged the board to not give in to what several speakers referred to as bullying by the group challenging the legality of the display.
The action also contained a directive to Superintendent Peg Mathis to look at possible adjustments in the future however the three figures that have graced the school each Christmas season will be allowed to remain without action from the board.
Shelley (Sheneman) McDonald
12/10/2018 09:11:24 pm
I am so proud of the board for listening to the citizens of Newaygo. We need to stand up and keep traditions in place. I look forward to seeing the three wizemen every year. Good job school board and to everyone who voiced their support for this tradition. God Bless you
12/10/2018 09:25:51 pm
So proud of our Board members. Thank you all for listening to the people and keeping the wisemen up and keeping this tradition going.
12/10/2018 09:42:21 pm
Thank you for keeping this tradition. I love seeing it when I drive to Newaygo.
12/10/2018 09:44:40 pm
Finally some common sense .
12/10/2018 09:50:56 pm
“A directive of possible adjustments in the future” sounds ominous to me. Sounds like maybe next year they just may not put it up...
12/10/2018 11:54:27 pm
"I'm what's known as a public troublemaker," Kahle said while receiving the 2011 Freethinker of the Year Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group based in Madison, Wisconsin. His own words. Ignore this jerk and MACRA!
12/11/2018 08:53:29 am
Awesome! But, what are the "possible adjustments?" I think it's perfect, just as it is!
12/11/2018 09:24:01 am
Thank You and GOD BLESS!
12/11/2018 10:18:14 am
1st step was a great one , please do not waver on this issue . So very important that everyone doesn't . This group against will continue until they win. Make it a law, policy , etc whatever now so this can't happen ! Awesome to see the Wisemen . Thank you ..
12/11/2018 11:00:23 am
Wisemen on a school, how appropriate.
Daniel O Helder
12/11/2018 11:53:26 am
There are some things in life that deserve to be defended in the spirit and tradition that they were created. Thank you Newaygo School Board for doing just that with your vote. Stand up to the few that want to ruin it for the many. Im sure Newaygo will stand with you.
Craig A Ritsema
12/14/2018 03:08:29 am
I am really proud of the decision you the school board have made. Every year since living in the area we would look for the 3 wise men up there. For us it is part of Newaygo's history, it's tradition a part of what makes Newaygo...Newaygo! Don't become politically correct by offending the many just to appease the one. Don't ever change it, continue to put it up the same way every year. We got your back.
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