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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 4:00 pm

Vice President Joe Biden’s Beloit visit could cause some traffic headaches on Friday.

Biden is scheduled to visit Aldrich Middle School, 1859 Northgate Drive. Doors open for the event at 9 a.m. and will close at 10:45 a.m. for security reasons.

Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs said Biden also will visit another Beloit location that is not being announced.

“Only about 14 people in our agency won’t be working that day,” he said.

The Beloit Fire Department, Department of Public Works and eight other police jurisdictions also will be helping with perimeter security. The Rock County Sheriff’s Department, Janesville Police Department, Town of Beloit Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Dane County Sheriff’s Department, Rockford Police, Illinois State Police and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department all will have officers on the scene.

Jacobs said the secret service notified Beloit of the visit on Monday and spent the next two days planning the coverage. Beloit will lead the other jurisdictions, however, they are not aware of where Biden might go in the city besides Aldrich.

The visit by the vice president to Aldrich Middle School will include selected students. Permission slips were sent home to the families of these selected students and parents were given the option to have their children not participate in the event if they choose, according to a news release from the School District of Beloit.

The news release from the district also pointed out that the district does not endorse any candidate or political party.

“... the visit is simply seen as a memorable opportunity for students to see the vice president of the United States, welcome him and expose him to the district and city,” the news release from the district stated.

Tickets are available for the event at the Democratic offices in Beloit, 314 State St., and Janesville at 111 W. Milwaukee St. Tickets are free, but are required in order to enter, and doors are open from 9 until 10:45 a.m.

After his Beloit visit, Biden is scheduled to travel for an event at Superior Middle School at 1 p.m.

Beloit School District Superintendent Steve McNeal said the district will waive its policy regarding campaigning on school grounds to allow Vice President Joe Biden to stop at Aldrich Middle School on Friday.

He said the Board of Education is not only waiving the policy, but also reconsidering its provisions in order to allow for major events such as the governor or other officials to come to schools.

The current board policy states that if one side side gets to speak, the other side gets to speak. McNeal said the district is reaching out to the Republican party and would immediately make the school available if a Republican figure wanted to make a visit as well.

McNeal said he has spoken one-on-one with each board member and each agreed the visit from Biden would be a great opportunity for students. The Board of Education is holding a meeting today at noon at Kolak Education Center to vote on waiving the policy to allow Biden to come.

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12 comments:

  • jmartin posted at 1:59 pm on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    jmartin Posts: 248

    News Flash, Mcneal and school board all in for Obama-Biden. Want to see my shock face?

     
  • Closetheborder posted at 12:47 pm on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    Closetheborder Posts: 112

    I have seen photos from other news sources. Many "Forward" signs in the school, being held by students. I thought this was not supposed to be a campaign visit.

     
  • are122 posted at 12:39 pm on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    are122 Posts: 9

    Oh oh, Biden? Close all the bars! ...and keep reminding him where he is!!

     
  • Mentor397 posted at 10:40 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    Mentor397 Posts: 1475

    @Cynicaleye - If we were to step outside this box and imagine what might happen if they had a Republican instead of a Democrat show up, you'd be whining just as much - if not more.

     
  • jdirksen posted at 8:46 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    jdirksen Posts: 1

    I agree, It doesn't matter which party was there at school, I should not be going on during school hours. Not all of the kids get to go anyway, so how is this a good opportunity for the kids?

     
  • RJ83 posted at 8:24 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    RJ83 Posts: 59

    The school district should not have allowed this during school hours. There is a reason that there is a board policy prohibiting political speech on school property. The precedent is now set for when the various fringe groups request to use the facilities. What can the board say when the communist party or the skinhead party want to hold a rally? Schools are a place for learning, not a place for campaigning.

     
  • PWC posted at 8:21 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    PWC Posts: 733

    A political banner hanging on the gym wall the day before the rally? Wow. I guess this is one reason our district will never see accountability. Policy does not matter. "Superintendents Gone Wild"

     
  • cynicaleye posted at 7:58 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    cynicaleye Posts: 509

    What a bunch of whiners you all are.

     
  • jmartin posted at 7:15 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    jmartin Posts: 248

    Another thing, they could have done this at night open to the public. Instead they do it in the middle of the day and disrupt the school day. My grandson said every locker touching the gym wall must have all of their things in their locker removed, because there might be a bomb. Some classes got cut down or moved to different places. So instead of having this visit at night where it would be fairly easy, they have it in the middle of the day and invite the public in and disrupt school. Man, I wish somebody on the school board would think for themselves once and stand up to mcNeal. Instead they follow the puppet master because in his mind he is all knowing.

     
  • jmartin posted at 7:06 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    jmartin Posts: 248

    No they are not endorsing any candidate except my grandson saw an Obama sign hung from the back wall in the gym. So yeah they are not endorsing anyone, just a democrat that most likely won't even know he's in Beloit.

     
  • jmartin posted at 7:27 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    jmartin Posts: 248

    McNeal and this school board are a total joke.

     
  • Mentor397 posted at 5:17 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Mentor397 Posts: 1475

    Annnd, this right here is the problem with the school district. Couldn't have done it right and voted before inviting Biden? Waived the policy before forcing the issue either way? Nah, that'd be just crazy.

     

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