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Grand Forks Superintendent Apologizes for Profanity

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Wednesday afternoon during the end of a taped Skype interview with Grand Forks Superintendent Larry Nybladh, Nybladh called 6:30 Point of View Host Chris Berg a curse word.

Thursday afternoon a press release from Grand Forks Public Schools including an apology was sent out.

 "On Wednesday, August 21, Dr. Larry Nybladh, Superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools, participated in a Skype interview with a Fargo-Moorhead based television station regarding the topic of the Grand Forks School Board's discussion of the 2013-2014 proposed budget and tax levy. After the interview was completed, Nybladh used an insensitive remark, which was inadvertently recorded and later publicly broadcast. According to Nybladh, "I am regretful of my choice of words. I know the job of superintendent is 24/7 and I hold myself to a high standard. I was taken aback and frustrated with the style of journalism, especially when it turned to what I perceived to be an attack on our teachers and students. Even though it was an utterance made only to myself in the privacy of an office, I regret my remark and I am disappointed in myself because this does not reflect my true character. I sincerely apologize to the host of the television program and anyone else who may have been offended by my poor choice of words."

The interview was about why Grand Forks Public Schools should increase property tax. Although the school describes a portion of the interview as "an attack on our teachers and students," the interview questions simply ask where the taxpayer's money is going and where the cuts will be made.

After the incident occurred on Wednesday, Berg called Nybladh to make sure there was not a miscommunication. Nybladh stated "Well, I guess I don't have anything to say about it."

If you'd like to watch the full interview between Chris Berg and superintendent Larry Nybladh, it is attached to this story.

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