Each Highland Park school board meeting starts with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge of Allegiance. But some of these meetings, including last night’s, begin with a reception in the HPMS/MIS cafeteria to honor achieving students.
When school board president Leslie Melson asked everyone to recite the pledge, we all turned 360 degrees in search of a U.S. flag. Alas, there was none. (Superintendent Dawson Orr later said this was due to maintenance manager Jon Polando being at the simultaneous UP Planning & Zoning Commission meeting for a discussion of adding lights to the HPHS softball field.)
Melson improvised and asked everyone to face the cafeteria’s east wall, which is predominantly red and blue (Hey, two out of three ain’t bad) and sports a yellow neon sign that says “Lone Star Cafe.” She joked that the sign made the wall an even better substitute for the Texas flag. Per usual, only a few people recited the Texas pledge from memory, while the rest of us murmured along through our failed smiles.