Cumberland Valley School District released a statement Friday, July 30 in response to opposition of Republican nominee Donald Trump using the district’s property as part of his 2016 presidential campaign stump stops.
District officials said:
“As a public learning institution, our buildings are made available for community purposes, provided that such use does not interfere with the educational program of the schools and that all school district policies are followed. We are very proud of our facilities, which previously have been used for similar events including evening senatorial debates and educational programs hosted by legislators. Additionally, we uphold the electoral process each year when we open the doors to two of our buildings for voters to let their voices be heard.
While we acknowledge that any electoral process often conjures strong feelings by many citizens, it is important to recognize that approval of this tour stop absolutely is not an endorsement of any political party or presidential candidate by the District. In addition, the campaign will cover all costs associated with rental of the facility. Equally as important to also note is that the event is scheduled to occur on a date in which school is not in session.
Cumberland Valley School District will not be handling any ticketing for the event. General information about tickets and the event itself must be obtained through the Donald J. Trump Campaign.”
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